Did you ever know the early life of Bill Gates?

Amazing Achievements

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Bill Gates

I guess everybody knows Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. He started programming when he was 13. He then established Microsoft corporation when he was 20. He became the world’s richest man when he was 31. He retains the top spot on The Forbes 400 for the 24th consecutive year, with a net worth of $87 billion in 2017. Bill is also renowned for his philanthropic efforts. In 2000, he and his wife Melinda Gates set up Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation which focuses on global health, development, education improvement. They donated over $30 billion to this foundation. They also persuaded their friend, Warren Buffet to donate $31 billion to the Foundation in 2006.

He received tremendous honors in the past. Business week honored him “the most generous philanthropist in America.” Forbes ranked him as “the world’s fifth most powerful person.” Times Magazine named him “100 most influential people of 20 century.”

Early Life Synopsis

Bill was Born in a rich family, in Seattle, in 1955. His father was a famous lawyer, and his mother was a teacher. Bill wanted to be as successful as his father, so when his classmates were playing the football, he started reading the encyclopedia. Although his parents believe the quality of the public school, they still sent him to the Lakeside School, which is a famous private school. Little Bill was good at all his subjects, he excelled in math and science, also doing well in English and drama.

During that time, computer was super large and expensive. Bill and his classmates were lucky enough to get in touch with computer when a computer company in Seattle provided computer time for Lakeside School. Bill suddenly fell in love with it. In Lakeside, he met Paul Allen, his senior classmate. They quickly became friends because they both fell in love with computers. Gates developed a payroll program for the computer company and a scheduling program for the school. In 1970, 15-year-old Gates and Paul developed a computer program which can monitor the traffic in Seattle, bringing them $20,000. Gates and Allen wished to start their business after graduation. However, Gates’s parents wanted him to go to college, hoping that he would become a lawyer. Gates graduated from Lakeside in 1973. Then he scored 1590 out of 1600 on the SAT test. He later got admitted to Harvard University with major in law.

After admission to Harvard, Bill found himself still in love with computer. He thought law was super boring. He was extremely upset in Harvard. Then one turning point happened. One day, Allen showed him the front cover of Popular Electronics, which was about the first micro-computer among the world, Altair 8800. Bill suddenly realized the era of personal computer was coming. Then he decided to drop out of Harvard to devote himself fully to programming with Allen, at the age of 20.

Gates and Allen contacted the company which made Altair, persuading that “they were working on a BASIC software program” that could run Altair. In fact, they didn’t have the code to run it or an Altair to operate, but they wanted to know whether that company wanted someone to develop such a software. The boss of that company said yes and ask them for demonstration.

Gates and Allen then spent the two months writing the code day and night. In the end, they wrote the code. Allen did a test run in that company, and it worked perfectly. Interesting fact was that they had never tried it on an Altair before. Gates soon left Boston to work with Allen. In 1975, they established a company called “Micro-Soft”, a mix of “micro-computer” and “software.”

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The CEO of United demonstrated how to turn a PR crisis into a disaster

Synopsis of the Flight 3411

  • On April 9, the whole world watched in horror as a 69-year-old man was dragged off a United flight in Chicago. The CEO of United Airlines, Oscar Munoz, said that he was sorry “for having to re-accommodate these customers.”
  • The United flight from Chicago to Louisville was “overbooked” when the airline tried to get four of its crew members on the flight. When United couldn’t find any volunteers to exit the flight with a $400 incentive, they chose to remove four people who had already been seated by drawing lots. One Asian man refused to leave. Then the airline brought in security to beat him and drag him down the aisle of the plane.
  • Many people on the flight shot videos of the incident, including when the man re-boarded the plane with his bleeding face. He said, “just killed me.”
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The Asian passenger

CEO’s Bad Apology

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Apology from the CEO of United Airlines, Oscar Munoz

The famous comedian Jimmy Kimmel highlighted the word “re-accommodate” in the statement. He joked, “Just like we re-accommodated El Chapo out of Mexico.” He also said the statement is “sanitized, say-nothing, take-no-responsibility, corporate-BS speak.” Then he presented a mock safety video that he suggested United Airlines use.

“We’re United Airlines. You do what we say when we say, and there won’t be a problem, capiche?,” a smiling flight attendant says. “If we say you fly, you fly. If not, tough s—. Give us a problem and we’ll drag your a– off the plane, and if you resist, we’ll beat you so badly you’ll be using your own face as a flotation device.”

Leaked Email

What was even worse was that the CEO’s email to his subordinates was subsequently leaked to the press.

“Dear Team,

Like you, I was upset to see and hear about what happened last night aboard United Express Flight 3411 headed from Chicago to Louisville.

While the facts and circumstances are still evolving, especially with respect to why this customer defied Chicago Aviation Security Officers the way he did, to give you a clearer picture of what transpired, I’ve included below a recap from the preliminary reports filed by our employees.

As you will read, this situation was unfortunately compounded when one of the passengers we politely asked to deplane refused and it became necessary to contact Chicago Aviation Security Officers to help.

Our employees followed established procedures for dealing with situations like this. While I deeply regret this situation arose, I also emphatically stand behind all of you, and I want to commend you for continuing to go above and beyond to ensure we fly right.

I do, however, believe there are lessons we can learn from this experience, and we are taking a close look at the circumstances surrounding this incident. Treating our customers and each other with respect and dignity is at the core of who we are, and we must always remember this no matter how challenging the situation.

Oscar”

Reflection

For me, I cannot believe this is real. The CEO pointed out “Our employees followed established procedures for dealing with situations like this. While I deeply regret this situation arose, I also emphatically stand behind all of you, and I want to commend you for continuing to go above and beyond to ensure we fly right.” He also claimed that Asian passenger is “disruptive and belligerent.”

I think there is no argument can be used to justify the action of violently removing a paying customer from a flight. In order to resolve this issue, the CEO should quickly issue a sincere apology after the incident. In fact, the CEO Oscar Munoz screwed that up completely. Besides, that leaked email is even worse. I believe the United Airlines’s reputation was destroyed. It might take a long time to gain its customers back. How can the CEO commend those violent employees?! He think they followed established procedures for dealing with situations like this?! In the end, the United paid the price, at the expense of the share price, corporate reputation, and its passengers’ safety.

In fact. the United didn’t “have to” eject its paying customer from the plane so violently. They could have offered passengers more compensation to voluntarily take a later flight. If they were going to remove someone involuntarily, they didn’t have to knock him onto the floor and drag him down the aisle.

I think this is really sad in America, especially in such a democratic country.

 

How does it feel when you run into celebrities and get hired by them?

Ran into David Ben-David

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David Ben-David

On this Tuesday, April 4th, I had an amazing meeting with the founder and designer of Sprayground – David Ben-David. Sprayground is a stylish and revolutionary backpack company, and it was founded in 2010. All the backpacks are designed by the founder, David Ben-David. The professor of  my C-Suite class just invited me to visit the headquarters of the Sprayground, but I did not know that I may have a chance to see the founder of this company. I think it was impossible. On Tuesday noon time, I did some research about the company. I looked at the company’s official website and watched some videos about the founder, David Ben David. I talked to myself, he is so handsome!!! I suddenly became his crazy fan. Then two hours later, I touched the real person… I did not recognize him until he introduce himself because he wore a hoodie on that day. When he introduced himself to me and shook my hands, I suddenly ran crazy!!! He is even more handsome in the real life!!! I screamed…

Then told us how Sprayground functions. Sprayground utilizes SEO a lot, and they do not do much SEM. Social media platforms are their main marketing platforms. They post cool guys and sexy girls with their backpacks on Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, and Twitter. They thus received a lot of fans and online traffic. One interesting fact is that a lot of celebrities just reached out to them and said they can help Sprayground market its product for free. Here is a photo of Jeremy Lin with Sprayground’s backpack.

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Jeremy Lin with Sprayground Backpack

 

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Sprayground Backpack

Sprayground believes that people need transportation, and the backpack is like a trunk for the body. They ask, why not travel in style? Sprayground has tried to establish its name as an iconic bag brand that had seen tremendous growth, worn by the most influential celebrities and tastemakers,  featured on international media outlets, sold in some of the world’s best boutiques and now sold in over 35 countries within 3 years.

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Here is the picture we took with David Ben-David, and they even posted this on their Facebook and tagged us… We were extremely flattered and excited…..

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Picture with David Ben-David

I also did the first elevator speech in my life on Tuesday. Then I left my resume. On Wednesday night, I received their message for scheduling an interview appointment with me. I suddenly ran crazy!!! Then I did the interview this afternoon. They told me I can be hired after they handle all the paper work. I think I am kind of insane now. I just cannot believe that this is real……..

Working for my idol is always my dream. Besides, I really love the working environment at Sprayground. It is so flexible and innovative. The power distance is so low in that company. I, myself, am also an art person, so I really enjoy to work with such an amazing artist. I think I will definitely devote myself to this job and try my best to contribute my vigor, passion, and innovation to Sprayground.

In the end, I want to say, New York City is amazing and incredible!!! Sometimes the unpredictable can become the most amazing thing in your life!! Believe yourself and never give up!!

10 Angelina Jolie’s Movies That Everyone Should See at Least Once

Angelina Jolie is a modern-day icon. She is known for her diverse roles in her films and her humanitarian work, as well as her amazing beauty. In recent years Jolie has cut back on film roles to spend time with her family. She tries to pursue philanthropy and step behind the camera.

Jolie said she wants to focus on directing and raising her large family. She planed to retire from acting completely. She said, “I’ve never been comfortable as an actor; I’ve never loved being in front of the camera.” She later clarified those words by saying she has a few more projects on the horizon before she steps behind the camera, rather than in front of it, for good. “I see myself moving into directing more and doing much less as an actor. I have a few more in me, ones I have been developing for some time, so I will do those before I step away.”

So, let’s look at some of Jolie’s most memorable film roles and how she deeply moved us.

10 Angelina Jolie’s Best Movies

1. Hacker

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The 1995 cult classic Hackers is one of Jolie’s earliest films, and she beat out several A-list actresses for the part opposite Jonny Lee Miller, who she later married. Hackers is about a group of high school students with cool nicknames and genius computer skills who wreak technological havoc just as the Internet was starting out.

2. Gia

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Angelina Jolie in the Movie Gia

Gia was the first film to earn Jolie serious critical acclaim, and a Golden Globe award. The HBO movie co-starring Faye Dunaway is a biopic about the supermodel Gia Marie Carangi, who after her quick ascent to fame began using hard drugs and eventually contracted AIDS from a dirty needle, dying at the age of 26 in 1986.

3. Girl, Interrupted

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Angelina Jolie in the Movie Girl, Interrupted

Girl, Interrupted earned Jolie an Academy Award for her portrayal of the charismatic sociopath Lisa, who is stuck in a mental institution with the film’s main character, Susanna (played by Winona Ryder). While the film itself was criticized for essentially being a female version of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Jolie’s performance was praised.

4. Gone in Sixty Seconds

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Angelina Jolie in the Movie Gone in Sixty Seconds

Gone in Sixty Seconds is not a good movie by any means, but it is good, trashy fun to watch Jolie steal cars and drive really fast with Nic Cage.

5. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

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Angelina Jolie in the Movie Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

Lara Croft was Jolie’s first venture into Action movies, a genre that she would later return to throughout her career. Lara Croft is based on the popular video game of the same name, about an aristocratic tomb raider who goes on death-defying missions to collect rare archeological objects. Jolie acted alongside her father, Jon Voight, in the film and performed most of her own stunt work.

6. Life or Something Like It

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Angelina Jolie in the Movie Life or Something Like It

In this 2002 film, Life or Something Like It Jolie plays a reporter who’s sent to interview a psychic who tells her that her life is meaningless and that she’s going to die. This is one of the actress’s few romantic comedies.

7. Mr. & Mrs. Smith

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Angelina Jolie in the Movie Mr. & Mrs. Smith

Mr. & Mrs. Smith was another attempt at comedy from Jolie, melding it with her more familiar action genre, but the otherwise awful film will always be remembered for being the one that brought her and current partner Brad Pitt together, as well as causing a Hollywood scandal, since Pitt was married to Jennifer Aniston at the time.

8. Changeling

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Angelina Jolie in the Movie Changeling

One of Jolie’s most successful roles in a drama, 2008′s Changeling is based on the true story of the 1928 Wineville Chicken Coop kidnapping and murder case. Jolie plays a woman whose child was kidnapped by a man later discovered to be a serial killer. The police return a different child to her claiming that it’s her son, and when she protests, she’s declared an unfit mother and eventually institutionalized.

9. Salt

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Angelina Jolie in the Movie Salt

Salt is a more intense action film than the movie Lara Croft, opening with a brutal scene of Jolie’s character, CIA operative Evelyn Salt, being tortured in North Korea. Salt leaves the audience wondering whether Salt is the loyal CIA agent she claims to be or secretly a Russian spy. Jolie famously performed all of her own shunts on the movie.

10. Maleficent

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Angelina Jolie in the Movie Maleficent

Maleficent is a feminist retelling of the Sleeping Beauty story, focusing on the traditionally evil witch character who curses Sleeping Beauty to slumber until she receives true love’s kiss. Jolie plays Maleficent in the visually breathtaking film, which has also become the actress’s highest grossing.

Stories of Barack Obama

Synopsis

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Barack Hussein Obama II was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1961. Obama went on to become President of the Harvard Law Review and a U.S. senator representing Illinois. In 2008, he was elected President of the United States, becoming the first African-American president. He served two terms as the 44th president of the United States.

Early Life

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Barack Hussein Obama II was born on August 4, 1961, in Honolulu, Hawaii. His mother, Ann Dunham, was born on an Army base in Wichita, Kansas, during World War II. His father, Barack Obama Sr., was born in Nyanza Province, Kenya. Obama Sr. grew up herding goats in Africa. Eventually, he earned a scholarship that allowed him to leave Kenya and pursue his dreams of going to college in Hawaii. While studying at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Obama Sr. met fellow student Ann Dunham, and they married on February 2, 1961. Six months later, Barack was born.

As a child, Obama did not have a relationship with his father. When Obama was still an infant, Obama Sr. went to Massachusetts to attend Harvard University and pursue a Ph.D. Then Obama’s parents officially separated and ultimately divorced in March 1964. Soon after, Obama Sr. returned to Kenya.

In 1965, Dunham married Lolo Soetoro, a University of Hawaii student from Indonesia. One year later, the family moved to Jakarta, Indonesia. Several incidents in Indonesia made Dunham afraid for her son’s safety and education. Therefore, at the age of 10, Obama was sent back to Hawaii to live with his maternal grandparents. His mother later joined them.

Education

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While living with his grandparents, Obama enrolled in the esteemed Punahou Academy, He was extremely good at basketball. In 1979, he graduated with academic honors. After high school, Obama studied at Occidental College in Los Angeles for two years. He then transferred to Columbia University in New York City, graduating in 1983 with a degree in political science.

After working in the business sector for two years, Obama moved to Chicago in 1985. In Chicago, he worked on the impoverished South Side as a community organizer for low-income residents in the Roseland and the Altgeld Gardens communities. Obama then entered Harvard Law School in 1988. In 1991, he graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law.

Law Career

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One year after Obama entered Harvard, he joined the Chicago law firm of Sidley Austin as a summer associate, and it was there he met Michelle Robinson, a young lawyer who was assigned to be his adviser. They began dating soon. In February 1990, Obama was elected the first African-American editor of the Harvard Law Review. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law in 1991. On October 3, 1992, Obama and Michelle got married.

After graduation, Obama returned to Chicago to practice as a civil rights lawyer with the firm of Miner, Barnhill & Galland. He also taught constitutional law part-time at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004.

In 1996, Obama became the Senate of Illinois State. During his year as Illinois Senate, Obama worked with both Democrats and Republicans to draft legislation on ethics, as well as expand health care services and early childhood education programs for the poor.

2008 Presidential Election

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In February 2007, Obama made headlines when he announced his candidacy for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination. On November 4, 2008, Barack Obama defeated Republican presidential nominee John McCain and won election as the 44th president of the United States – and the first African-American to hold this office. Obama’s inauguration was on January 20, 2009.

When Obama took office, he faced a global economic recession and two ongoing foreign wars. He spared no effort in financial reform, alternative energy and education and health care. All of those helped bring down the national debt.

2012 Re-Election

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As Obama did in 2008, Obama focused on grassroots during his campaign for a second presidential term.

“I guarantee you, we will move this country forward,” Obama stated in June 2012, at a campaign event in Maryland. “We will finish what we started. And we’ll remind the world just why it is that the United States of America is the greatest nation on Earth.”

In the 2012 election, Obama competed with Republican opponent Mitt Romney. On November 6, 2012, Obama won the election by receiving nearly five million more votes than Romney.

Farewell Address

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On January 10, 2017, President Obama returned to Chicago to deliver his farewell speech. He talked about his faith in American democracy and the accomplishments during his administration. “If I had told you eight years ago that America would reverse a great recession, reboot our auto industry, and unleash the longest stretch of job creation in our history – if I had told you that we would open up a new chapter with the Cuban people, shut down Iran’s nuclear weapons program without firing a shot, take out the mastermind of 9-11 – if I had told you that we would win marriage equality and secure the right to health insurance for another 20 million of our fellow citizens – if I had told you all that, you might have said our sights were set a little too high,” he said. “But that’s what we did. That’s what you did. You were the change. The answer to people’s hopes and, because of you, by almost every measure, America is a better, stronger place than it was when we started.”

Stories of Donald Trump

Synopsis

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Donald John Trump, U.S. President, real estate magnate and former reality TV star, was born in 1946, in Queens, New York. In 1971, Trump became involved in large and profitable building projects in Manhattan. In 1980, he opened the Grand Hyatt, which made him the city’s best-known developer. In 2004, Trump began starring in the NBC reality series The Apprentice. Trump then turned his attention to politics, and in 2015 he announced his candidacy for president of the United States. Then Trump became the official Republican candidate for president on July 19, 2016. In that November, Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States. Donald Trump is the first person to assume presidency without prior military or governmental service. He is also the oldest one to assume the office. As a politician, his career was marred by allegations of sexual misconduct and he also got criticism for his extravagant lifestyle and controversial comments on immigrants from Islamic countries.

Early Life and Education

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Donald John Trump was born on June 14, 1946, in Queens, New York. He was the fourth of five children of Frederick C. and Mary MacLeod Trump. Frederick Trump was a builder and real estate developer who specialized in constructing middle-income apartments in Queens, Staten Island, and Brooklyn. Donald was an energetic and confident child. His parents sent him to the New York Military Academy when he was 13 years old.

Trump did well at the academy, both socially and academically. He became a star athlete and student leader by the time he graduated in 1964. He then entered Fordham University. Two years later, he transferred to the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania. He graduated from Wharton with a degree in Economics in 1968.

Real Estate Developer

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Trump followed his father into a career in real estate development. As a student, Trump worked with his father during the summer and then joined his father’s company, Elizabeth Trump & Son, after graduation from college. In 1971, Donald Trump was given control of the company. He later renamed the company the Trump Organization. He also moved his residence to Manhattan in order to make important connections with influential people. Trump believed the city had sufficient economic opportunity, so he soon became involved in large building projects in Manhattan that would bring the company high profits by using attractive architectural design and winning public recognition.

In 1974, Trump obtained an option on a hotel called Commodore. Commodore was unprofitable, but it had an excellent location adjacent to Grand Central Station. The next year he signed a partnership agreement with the Hyatt Hotel Corporation. Trump then worked out a complex deal with the city and won a 40-year tax abatement. He completely renovated the building, constructing a striking new facade of reflective glass designed by architect Der Scutt. The hotel was renamed the Grand Hyatt. When opened in 1980, it was instantly popular, making Donald Trump the city’s best known developer.

Expanding His Empire

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In 1979, Trump leased a site on Fifth Avenue adjacent to the famous Tiffany & Company as the location for a monumental $200-million apartment-retail complex designed by Der Scutt. Opened in 1982, it was named Trump Tower. The 58-story building featured a six-story atrium lined with pink marble and an 80-foot waterfall. The luxury building suddenly attracted famous retail stores and celebrity renters, and this brought Trump national attention.

Reality TV Show

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In 2004 Trump took advantage of his high-profile persona when he began producing and starring in the NBC reality series The Apprentice, in which contestants competed for a management position within the Trump Organization. The show quickly became popular and made famous Trump’s television phrase “You’re fired.” The success of the show resulted in plenty of spin-offs, including The Celebrity Apprentice that highlighted well-known people as contestants.

Historic Presidential Election

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In June 2015, Trump announced his candidacy for president as a Republican. His campaigning focused on domestic issues such as illegal immigration, crime, Islamic terrorism, and the U.S. national debt. His campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again” resonated with the American citizens.

While many of his campaigning tactics received criticism, they also ensured that he got unprecedented media coverage. He was accused of lying and embellishing facts during his election speeches. There were several accusations of sexual misconduct against him and he was criticized by the media for using vulgar and sexist language.

In a stunning victory, Trump won the majority of electoral college votes and was elected the 45th president of the United States on November 8, 2016. Then he assumed the office on January 20, 2017.

Personal Life

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In 1977, he married Ivana Zelnickova and had three children from her, Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric. The couple ended their marriage in 1992 when Ivana discovered his extra-marital love affair with an American actress called Marla Maples.

In 1993, he married Marla Maples and they had one child, Tiffany, two months before their marriage. In 1997, he filed a highly-publicized divorce with Maples. Maples got $2 million after the divorce in 1999.

On January 22, 2005, he married Melania Knauss. Then they have a son together named Barron William Trump.

Stories of Steve Jobs

Brief Overview

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Steve Jobs was born in San Francisco, California, on February 24, 1955, to two University of Wisconsin graduate students who gave him up for adoption. In 1976, Steve Jobs co-founded Apple Computers with Steve Wozniak. In 1985, Jobs got fired from Apple publicly. Then he started a company named NeXT and another company named Pixar. Pixar later created the world’s first computer animated feature film, Toy Story, and now is one of the most successful animation studios in the world. Interestingly enough, Apple bought NeXT in 1996. This eventually returned Jobs to CEO, and the technology Jobs developed at NeXT contributed significantly to Apple’s business. Under Jobs’s guidance, the company pioneered a series of revolutionary technologies, including the iPod, iPhone, iMac, and iPad, which are now seen as dictating the evolution of modern technology. Unfortunately, Steve died in 2011, following a long battle with pancreatic cancer. The world thus lost a remarkable genius and innovator.

Early Life

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Steven Paul Jobs was born on February 24, 1955, in San Francisco, California, to Joanne Schieble (later Joanne Simpson) and Abdulfattah “John” Jandali, two University of Wisconsin graduate students who gave their son up for adoption. His father, Jandali, was a Syrian political science professor, and his mother, Schieble, worked as a speech therapist. Shortly after Steve was adopted, his biological parents got married and had another child called Mona Simpson. Jobs was not able to uncover information of his biological parents until he was 27.

The baby was adopted by Clara and Paul Jobs and named Steven Paul Jobs. Clara worked as an accountant, and Paul was a Coast Guard veteran and machinist. They lived in Mountain View, California. As a boy, Jobs and his father worked on electronics in the family garage. Paul showed his son how to take apart and reconstruct electronics, which interested Steve deeply.

Establishment of Apple

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In 1976, when Jobs was just 21, he and Wozniak started Apple Computer. They started in the Jobs family garage. They funded their venture by Jobs selling his Volkswagen bus and Wozniak selling his beloved scientific calculator.

Jobs and Wozniak aimed to revolutionize the computer industry by making machines smaller, intuitive, and accessible to consumers. Apple initially marketed the computers for $666.66 each. The Apple I earned the company around $774,000. Three years after the release of Apple’s second model, the Apple II, the company’s sales increased by 700 percent to $139 million. In 1980, Apple Computer became a publicly traded company, with a market value of $1.2 billion.

Public Dismissal from Apple

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However, the next several products from Apple suffered significant design flaws, resulting in recalls and consumer dissatisfaction. IBM suddenly surpassed Apple in sales, and Apple had to compete with an PC-dominated world. Unfortunately, Steve’s and Wozniak’s visions of the future began to diverge, and their Board of Director sided with Wozniak. Therefore, Steve got fired from Apple publicly.

In 1985, Steve started a new hardware and software company called NeXT. One year later, Jobs purchased an animation company from George Lucas, which later became Pixar Animation Studios. The studio was famous for producing wildly popular movies such as Toy Story, Finding Nemo and The Incredibles.

Return to Apple

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In a remarkable turn of events, Apple bought NeXT in 1996 for 429 million dollars. One year later, Jobs returned to his post as Apple’s CEO. Jobs then revitalized Apple in the 1990s. With a brand new team and one-dollar annual salary, Jobs put Apple back on track. His software called Next Step evolved into Mac OS 10, which led the Apple technology revolution. His fabulous products and effective marketing campaigns caught the eyes of consumers once again.

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Death

On October 5, 2011, Apple Inc. announced that its co-founder had passed away. After battling pancreatic cancer for nearly a decade, Steve Jobs died in Palo Alto. He was 56 years old at that time.

Lessons from Steve Jobs

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Love What You Do

The worst thing that happened might turn out to be the best thing that could happen.

One of the worst things which happened to Jobs was his public dismissal from Apple. Ironically, the board fired him at the request of Jon Sculley, an executive who was recruited by Jobs. “What had been the focus of my entire adult life was gone, and it was devastating,” Jobs said. “I even thought about running away from the valley. But something slowly began to dawn on me-I still loved what I did. And so I decided to start over.”

During the next five years, Jobs established NeXT and Pixar, and fell in love with his amazing wife, Laurene Powell. Those things would have never happened if Jobs hadn’t been fired from Apple. Apple then realized that they did need Jobs, so they brought him back by purchasing NeXT. “I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life,” Jobs said.

“Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. The only way to do great work is to love what you do.”