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Who was Steve Jobs?

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Steve Jobs was the co-founder of Apple Computers alongside Steve Wozniak. During his two tenures as the company's CEO, Jobs helped introduce a range of innovative products, such as the iPhone, iPad and iPod. He passed away in 2011 in Palo Alto due to pancreatic cancer. Aside from Apple, Steve Jobs also played a role in the development of companies such as Pixar and NeXT Inc.

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At the age of 21, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak started Apple, which was initially based out of the Jobs' family garage. Initial funding for the company was obtained by the sale of a Volkswagen bus and a scientific calculator that belonged to Jobs and Wozniak respectively. Their first product, the Apple personal computer, was a moderate success with sales of around $774,000. This was followed by the more successful Apple II model that generated sales of up to $139 million.

After the company suffered some financial and design setbacks, Steve Jobs was removed from his position at Apple in 1985. After successfully developing Pixar throughout the late 1980s and 1990s, Steve Jobs returned to Apple as its CEO in 1997. Throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s, Steve Jobs helped develop products that propelled Apple's success. By 2007 the company's profits reached $1.58 billion with a further $18 billion in cash reserves.

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