“When the public learned that Apple Inc. founder and CEO Steve Jobs secretly bought a house in Memphis to recuperate from a 2009 liver transplant at Methodist Hospital, conspiracy theories swirled,” Marc Perrusquia reports for The Commercial Appeal.
“Did the California multi billionaire buy his way up the transplant list? And, some asked again last month, how did his surgeon end up purchasing the house from Jobs at a huge discount? The issue even made it to the Shelby County Commission recently when members pressed questions about the home,” Perrusquia reports. “The conjecture remains just that. Officials have said Jobs was put on a waiting list like anyone else. And his surgeon, Dr. James Eason, said he simply heard the two-story, 5,800-square-foot home in an exclusive Midtown neighborhood was available in 2011 after Jobs returned to California, so he bought it. The Apple founder died soon after.”
Perrusquia reports, “Yet, one detail overlooked in the controversy is how the State of Tennessee took a bath when it sold the former University of Tennessee Health Science Center chancellor’s home to a shell company Jobs set up, losing $475,000 in the sale. The loss had little to do with Jobs, however, and more to do with a decision to liquidate chancellor housing across the UT system – just as the biggest recession in 70 years was dawning. In the process of trying to sell the chancellor’s home in Memphis, the market crashed. Yet the state stuck with the decision to liquidate the home even as bids failed to materialize and a series of appraisals showed its value plummeting, according to records maintained by the Department of General Services in Nashville.”
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MacDailyNews Take: It’s all just conjecture, but Marc will trot it all out again anyway.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Ellis D.” for the heads up.]