Jobs was born to two graduate students in San Francisco and was adopted by Paul and Clara Jobs of Mountain View. He founded Apple Computer in 1977 in a garage with his friend Steve Wozniak. They soon went into business selling personal computers; a market that large computer companies initially had no interest in. Apple II was their first revolutionary product and stayed popular throughout the 1980s. In 1984, Jobs’ pet project the Macintosh broke onto the scene as the first GUI-based computer available for the mass market. In the late 80s, Jobs was kicked out of Apple by the board who thought he was too headstrong and young to effectively run the company. He founded another computer company, NeXT which never was as popular as Apple and bought a small hardware/software company called Pixar from George Lucas.
Jobs returned to Apple when the company purchased NeXT in 1997. After Jobs’ return, the company fought tooth and nail from the brink of bankruptcy with products such as the iMac, iPod, iPhone and iPad. In 2004, Jobs was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Although it was successfully removed and he went into remission, it was clear over the past two years that his health was failing. He recently relinquished his position of CEO to his second-in-command Tim Cook.
No one can deny the effect Jobs had on the industry and, more importantly, the world. It is doubtful that at this moment that it is truly possible to accurately measure his impact. All we can say for now is that he will be missed.