“Jobs is a co-founder of Apple, the man behind the astonishing success of the computer animation firm Pixar – of Toy Story and Finding Nemo fame – a billionaire regarded as a visionary in the industry. Yet compared with Bill Gates he is practically unknown,” Duncan Campbell writes for The Guardian.
“‘Partly it’s because Bill Gates has a lot more money,’ says Alan Deutschman, the author of The Second Coming of Steve Jobs, a book that recorded Jobs’ triumphal return to success after being ousted from the company he formed. ‘There’s an aura to being the richest person in the world that a mere billionaire like Steve Jobs doesn’t have,’ Deutschman says. ‘Also, Microsoft has extraordinary reach as a company and far more people know its products than Apple’s: 400 million people use Microsoft Office, for instance. Gates’s position in both business and philanthropy makes him something vaguely like a chief of state when he visits places like India or China,'” Campbell writes.
“Journalists who have followed Jobs’ career have also seen the mercurial side of his personality when he has walked out of interviews, irritated at the line of questioning and refusing intrusions into his personal life. The patience of Jobs is not legendary,” Campbell writes. “‘We can’t have a heroic figure without a fatal flaw,’ was the assessment of David Plotnikoff, writing a profile earlier this year in Jobs’ local paper, the San Jos