As Steve Jobs resigns as CEO of Apple Inc, we chart the rise of the company he helped create in a garage in 1976 to one he leaves the biggest brand in the world.
Steve Jobs is one of the founding figures of the modern computer industry. He has twice run Apple: once from its creation in 1976 until he was ousted in 1985, and again, 10 years later, when he returned to rescue a company on the brink of collapse.
Turning the company around and presiding over the release of one hit product after another, from the iMac and iPod, through to the iPhone and iPad, is perhaps Jobs’s greatest achievement.
Eleven years ago, another of the modern computer industry’s founders, Bill Gates, stepped aside from his role as chief executive of the company he had founded. However, Gates’s resignation came in happier circumstances. The Microsoft chief executive planned to work instead on his charitable foundation.
In contrast, Steve Jobs, in a letter to the Apple board, said that he is resigning because he “could no longer meet my duties and expectations as CEO”. In 2004, Jobs announced that he had pancreatic cancer, and in 2009 he underwent a liver transplant. At the beginning of this year, he went on medical leave again.
Jobs has now been replaced at the helm by Tim Cook, who was until yesterday acting CEO. Jobs will stay on as Chairman.
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