Forbes: Apple CEO Steve Jobs the 49th richest American with $4.9 billion

Forbes has released their list of The 400 Richest Americans – for the first time, everyone listed is a billionaire – with Apple CEO Steven Paul Jobs listed in the 49th slot with a net worth of $4.9 billion. Last year, Jobs was 67th on the list (up from 74th in 2004 and 78th in 2003).

Microsoft’s Bill Gates remains at the top of the list with a net worth of $53.0 billion.

Of Jobs, Forbes writes, “King of the iPods sold his Pixar Animation hit factory to Disney for $7.4 billion in May. Today Jobs is Disney’s largest shareholder; stake worth $4 billion. Convinced Google chief Eric Schmidt to join Apple board in August; duo likely to take on Microsoft. Adopted by working-class couple; dropped out of Reed College when he couldn’t pay tuition. Founded Apple in parents’ garage. Fired after power struggle with chief John Sculley 1985. Started Pixar; credited with computer-animated blockbusters Toy Story, Finding Nemo. Returned to Apple in 1996, created iPod; more than 40 million sold since debut in 2001. iTunes site sold 1 billionth song in February. In September added movie purchases to the iTunes store and previewed iTV, which streams movies from computer to TV. Shares up 50% in past year. Diagnosed with pancreatic cancer 2004 and is said to be in full recovery.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Note: Technically, Jobs was not “fired” in 1985, he resigned in protest after being stripped of his major duties by Apple’s Board of Directors. As of the end of June 2006, Apple has shipped over 60 million iPods, not 40 million, since the product’s debut in 2001.

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Forbes: Apple, Pixar CEO Steve Jobs is 67th richest American; Gates stays atop list – September 23, 2005
Forbes: Apple CEO Steve Jobs is 74th richest American – September 24, 2004
Steve Jobs the 78th richest American with $2.3 billion in Forbes ranking – September 19, 2003


  1. > Started Pixar

    No… he paid US$5 million to George Lucas and put US$5 million as capital into the company. (thanx wikipedia)

    > iTunes site sold 1 billionth song in February.

    yeps… and just past the 1.5 billionth song… but that’s only 50% more!


  2. Steve: we all made you enormously wealthy.

    Don’t we deserve better care? Please read your own ‘discussions’ forums and take notice of the incredible problems your customers are having with your products.

    Ignore us and the financial pain of your shareholders will be substantial – you appear immune from financial harm, but not all of us are as fortunate.

  3. Hmmm…

    49th with $4.9 billion?

    49 is also written as Roman numeral “IL” (1 before 50).

    IL is the abbreviation of Illinois AND the internet country code of Israel (.il).

    It is obvious that Steve Jobs’ true intent is to lead the Jews to Illinois and start a new technocratic society, where only the intelligent are allowed to run for office. The new leaders will meet on Steve’s yacht just east of Newfoundland, at 49ºN -49ºE.

  4. If it’s the highest customer satisfaction rating in the industry, how would one explain the fact that all week Apple’s discussions forums have been knocked off line by the avalanche of complaints and endless problems with everything from myraid hardward failures to a busted, premature release of iTunes 7, to ever increasing outcrys for help in the entirety of the iLife suite and on and on and on?

    If customers are ‘satisfied’ with this incredibly poor performance by Apple, then we get what we deserve – inferior service, poor products, and headaches galore.

  5. I trust you’re kidding? Of course people post their problems there, they do it to get help which as you see they get. But please remember that for a few thousand that feel the need to post there, the rest of us millions of Mac users are happy as Larry.

    If you want be more specific, go ahead.

  6. “Technically, Jobs was not “fired” in 1985, he resigned in protest after being stripped of his major duties by Apple’s Board of Directors.”

    “…I’d just turned thirty, and then I got fired. How can you get fired from a company you started?”

    “…turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me.
    –Steve Jobs, commencement address, Stanford University, June 2005

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