From the Macintosh to the iPod, Steve Jobs has always been on the cutting edge of technology. At just twenty-one years old, Jobs and a friend founded the Apple Computer Company in his parents' garage. Since that time, Apple has grown into a world leader in consumer electronics, and Jobs has become a legend of Silicon Valley. He has also achieved success in other arenas. With Jobs at the helm, Pixar Animation Studios has created some of the most popular animated films in Hollywood history.
The story of Steve Jobs's life is not one of continual triumph. He has experienced many shocking setbacks and deep disappointments. In the mid-1980s, Jobs's controversial management style led to a twelve-year exile from the company he co-founded. His other business ventures, including Pixar, very nearly slipped into bankruptcy before Jobs finally discovered a winning formula. With characteristic boldness and tenacity, Jobs returned to Apple in the late 1990s and orchestrated its stunning comeback. His remarkable accomplishments have earned Steve Jobs a place among America's premier business leaders.