1955-1985 Youth & Apple's early years

24 Feb 1955

Steven Paul was born in San Francisco, the son of Abdulfattah and Joanne. He is adopted by Jobs Family



Steve Jobs meets Steve Wozniak, 5 years older, through a mutual friend. Woz and Steve share a love of electronics, Bob Dylan, and pranks

1 Apr 1976


Apple Computer Inc. is incorporated by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ron Wayne

Spring 1976


Steve and Woz start assembling Apple I computers in the Jobses’ garage, and sell them to computer hobbyists, including 50 for the Byte Shop

Feb 1982


A portrait of Steve Jobs ends up on the cover of Time Magazine, under the title ‘Striking it Rich’.

8 Apr 1983


PepsiCo CEO John Sculley becomes Apple’s CEO after having been wooed by Steve Jobs for several months

24 Jan 1984


Macintosh is launched in great fanfare at Apple’s annual shareholder meeting

17 Sep 1985


Steve Jobs resigns from Apple and starts NeXT with five other refugees from Apple.

1986-1996 NeXT Pixar & wilderness

30 Jan 1986

Jobs buys the computer division of George Lucas’ ILM for $10 million and incorporates it as Pixar.

12 Oct 1988

Steve Jobs introduces the NeXT Cube in San Francisco to great critical acclaim, pitching it as a workstation for higher education


Apr 1989


Steve Jobs is named ‘Entrepreneur of the decade’ by Inc. magazine

18 Mar 1991


Steve Jobs marries Laurene Powell in Yosemite under the blessing of Steve’s old zen guru Kobin Chino. Laurene is already pregnant

Early 1996


Steve Jobs negotiates a breakthrough deal between Pixar and Disney with its CEO Michael Eisner. The deal includes landmark rights for a studio, such as equal billing

Dec 1996


Apple, which was desperately looking for a modern operating system to buy, eventually buys NeXT for $400 million. Steve Jobs is named “informal adviser” to Apple CEO Gil Amelio

to be continued...