Friday, October 7, 2011

RIP Mr Apple The pioneer, who died at home in California, is survived by wife Laurene, 47, daughters Eve and Erin, and son Reed.

A family statement said: "In his public life, Steve was a visionary. In his private life, he cherished his family."

He also had another child Lisa Brennan-Jobs by a previous relationship with Chrisann Brennan. His complex family life means lawyers could struggle to split up his £5.4billion fortune.

The San Francisco-born guru was adopted as an infant after being given up by Syrian Abdulfattah Jandali and Joanne Simpson. It is said they did not want to raise him out of wedlock.

Jobs dropped out of university after just one term and saved money from his first computer job to go on a spiritual retreat to India.

He returned a shaven-headed Buddhist and admitted experimenting with mind-bending drug LSD.

In 2004 he was diagnosed with a rare form of pancreatic cancer. His health deteriorated rapidly in recent years and after two temporary leaves of absence he stepped down as CEO and became Apple chairman

He started the firm in the 1970s in the garage of parents Paul and Clara. Co-founder Steve Wozniak said he will "miss him as much as everyone".

The company went on to develop one of the first commercially successful lines of PCs. Its market value today is $350billion (£227billion). In August it briefly topped Exxon as the world's most valuable company.

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