Steve Jobs helped make personal computers as easy to use as telephones, changed the way animated films are made, persuaded consumers to tune into digital music and refashioned the mobile phone.
A college dropout who co-founded Apple Inc., Jobs won ardent supporters by ushering "cool'' gadgets to market. He delivered the Macintosh, the first user-friendly computer, and conquered the online music industry with the iPod, making white ear buds fashionable. In 2007, he led Apple into the mobile-phone market with the Web-surfing iPhone. And as chief executive officer of Pixar animation studios, Jobs promoted computer-generated storytelling with movies including "Toy Story.''
"In terms of an inspirational leader, Steve Jobs is really the best I've ever met,'' Microsoft Corp. Co-Chairman Bill Gates said in January 1998 when asked to name the CEOs he most admired. "He's got a belief in the excellence of products. He's able to communicate that."
Jobs had a personal fortune estimated at $5.4 billion, according to Forbes magazine's annual survey of the world's richest people in March 2008.
"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work," Jobs told Stanford students in 2005. "The only way to do great work is to love what you do."
Survivors include wife Laurene Powell, children Lisa Brennan-Jobs, Eve, Erin Sienna and Reed Paul, and sister Patti Jobs and Mona Simpson.
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