Apple CEO Steve Jobs lands at #132 on Forbes list of the world’s richest people which is topped for the thirteenth straight year by The Empire’s Darth Vad…, er Microsoft’s Bill Gates with US$56 billion (up from $50 billion last year).
Forbes writes, “#132, Steve Jobs, $5.7 billion (up from #140, $4.4 billion last year): King of the iPods sold his Pixar Animation hit factory to Disney last May. Today Jobs is Disney’s largest shareholder; stake worth $4.7 billion. Convinced Google chief Eric Schmidt to join Apple board in August. 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. In September added movies to the iTunes store and previewed iTV, which streams movies from computer to TV. Diagnosed with pancreatic cancer 2004 and is said to be in full recovery. “
Full article here.
Regarding “Celebrity Billionaires,” Forbes’ Lea Goldman includes Steve Jobs in the list, writing, “Remember that old parlor game that asks, ‘Which would you rather be, rich or famous?’ Names like Marriott and Benetton may be household words, but the tycoons behind these brands nonetheless live in relative obscurity; they’re the billionaires next door, whose faces are all but unrecognizable to the masses. Only a tiny fraction of billionaires hit it big on both counts, enjoying enormous wealth and fame.”
“Then there is nerd-fame. Perennially clad in a uniform of black turtleneck and jeans, Steve Jobs enjoys cultish celebrity status among fans of Apple, the computer company he founded in 1976. Jobs, worth $5.7 billion, has been touted as a creative mastermind thanks to Apple’s uber-successful launch of the iPod and this year’s announcement of the much-anticipated iPhone,” Goldman writes.
Full article here.
Movin’ on up!
Forbes: Apple CEO Steve Jobs the 49th richest American with $4.9 billion – September 22, 2006
Bill Gates doesn’t want to be world’s richest man – May 08, 2006
Forbes’ list of world’s richest people: Apple CEO Steve Jobs 140th with $4.4 billion – March 09, 2006
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
With $2.1 billion, Steve Jobs in at no. 262 in Forbes’ List of the World’s Richest People – February 26, 2004
Steve Jobs the 78th richest American with $2.3 billion in Forbes ranking – September 19, 2003