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Steve Jobs (February 24, 1955 - October 5, 2011) Steve Jobs was an American entrepreneur and inventor best known for being the chairman and CEO of Apple Inc., which developed products like the iPod.

Net Worth: Jobs net worth was around $7 billion at the time of his death (Forbes 2011)

Childhood: Steve Jobs was born in San Francisco, California, and was adopted at birth. With Jobs' adoptive father Paul Reinhold Jobs working as a mechanic, he would show Steve how to work electronics in his garage, sparking his interesting in technology. Jobs attended Cupertino Junior High and Homestead High School in Cupertino, California. Here he became friends with Bill Fernandez and Steve Wozniak, who had similar interests in technology.

Wozniak and Fernandez had started developing a computer board with, which Jobs soon got involved with. After high school, Jobs attended the expensive Reed College in Portland, Oregon which his family struggled to afford. He soon dropped out of college, but still attended creative classes such as calligraphy and slept on the floor of friends' dorms.

Career: Jobs took his first steps into the world of computing in 1972 when Atari offered Jobs a job as a technician after he presented them with a version of the game Pong that Steve Wozniak made, with them thinking Jobs had made it. In 1976, Wozniak invented the Apple I computer, which Jobs suggested they sell, so they and Ronald Wayne formed Apple Computer. Wayne soon left the company making Jobs and Wozniak the main co-founders of the business.

In the early 80s, Jobs took an interest in Xerox PARC's mouse-driven graphical user interface and later Apple Lisa was born. Jobs was later fired by Apple's board of directors but remained chairman, giving Jobs little incentive to go to work and so he later resigned entirely. Jobs returned to Apple in 1997 after founding NeXT Computer and buying Pixar, and Apple subsequently bought NeXT with much of the technology finding its way into Apple products. Apple would expand with innovative products such the iPod and the iMac computer.

Personal Life: Steve Jobs was known to be an eccentric character. Many of the Apple employees recognised him as a persuasive and charismatic director of Apple, although some described him as erratic and temperamental. After returning from travels in India during the mid-1970s, Jobs experimented with psychedelics, later describing the use of them as one of the most important things he'd done in his life.

Jobs saw his adoptive parents as more his parents than his biological parents, referring to his biological parents as: 'My sperm and egg bank. That's not harsh, it's just the way it was, a sperm bank thing, nothing more', although he tracked down his birth mother Joanne Schieble Simpson and through her he met his biological sister Mona Simpson, who he had a close relationship with.

Jobs passed away in the early hours of the morning on October 5, 2011, from a relapse of his islet-cell neuroendocrine pancreatic cancer, causing a respiratory arrest.



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First Look At Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs Biopic: What's New About This One? [Trailer + Pictures]


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Universal’s crack at a Steve Jobs movie may have taken a while to find its footing, but it’s finally come together. The trailer, starring Michael Fassbender, is now out and available on YouTube. So, let’s talk about it.

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Pros: directed by Danny Boyle, written by Aaron Sorkin and starring Fassbender, it will probably be a very different affair to the Ashton Kutcher flick of 2014. Cons: It features an inspiring voice over by the lead character.

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'Steve Jobs' Movie Gets Oscar-Bait Release Date, October 9, 2016


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Universal Pictures will look to tempt the Academy with an October 9 release date for its Steve Jobs biopic. The movie's rollercoaster development has been well publicized, though the film boasts a strong pedigree with Danny Boyle directing, Aaron Sorkin providing the script and Michael Fassbender playing the technology genius.

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At Sony, the picture had attracted the likes of Christian Bale and Leonardo DiCaprio though both dropped out and the studio eventually binned the project. They made live to regret that decision, with Universal having since acquired a stunning cast.

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Release Date For 'Steve Jobs' Movie Confirmed


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The troubled Steve Jobs biopic has finally announced a theatrical release date of October 9th this year. Strangely enough, that’s exactly the kind of time that judges start to think about awards nominations…

Shooting for the film, which has been the centre of a great deal of speculation because of its lengthy gestation and uncertain funding, began last month in San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Danny Boyle, the man behind cult favourites such as Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire and 28 Days Later, as well as the London Olympics opening ceremony in 2012, is in the director’s chair.

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Michael Fassbender will portray the Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in the forthcoming movie

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Filming Finally Gets Underway On Steve Jobs Biopic, With Full Cast Finalised


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Things are finally moving forward for Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs biopic, with the final cast being confirmed and filming getting under way this week. As expected Michael Fassbender will play the Apple founder, while Seth Rogen will play his former partner Steve Wozniak.

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The film’s full cast list was revealed today in a statement from Universal. Joining Fassbender and Rogen will be Kate Winslet as former Macintosh marketing executive Joanna Hoffman, Jeff Daniels as former Apple CEO John Sculley and Katherine Waterston as Jobs' ex-girlfriend, Chrisann Brennan.

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Sony Reportedly Pull Out Of Steve Jobs Biopic, Unviersal Show Interest


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The upcoming movie about the the co-founder of Apple, Steve Jobs, is expected to be one of the most anticipated biopics in recent memory, but the production's future is unknown as Sony Pictures have decided to pull out.

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Michael Fassbender is expected to play Steve Jobs in the Apple co-founder's biopic

The highly anticipated project, which was been plagued with casting and directing changes, is based on Walter Isaacson's book and adapted into a screenplay by Aaron Sorkin that follows Jobs preparing for three presentations throughout his life that were pivotal moments for himself and the technological company's success.

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Steve Jobs Movie in Turmoil as Sony Pulls Out, Universal on the Prowl


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Six months ago, the Jobs movie looked a certain Oscar winner. Written by The West Wing's Aaron Sorkin, it was set to have David Fincher in the director's chair and probably Leonardo DiCaprio as the Apple genius himself. Then things changed a little - Fincher left, apparently over money, and DiCaprio passed on the project to take a break from acting.

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The replacements were all-star substitutes. Oscar winner Danny Boyle - the man behind Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours and that Olympics opening ceremony - came in as director, while Christian Bale - probably the greatest actor on the planet today - agreed to play Jobs. Sorkin's screenplay was typically...well, Sorkin. Eschewing the regular conventions of a biopic, it would tell Jobs' story in just three extended scenes, each documenting one of the tech creator's famous product launches.

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Seth Rogen to Play Steve Wozniak in Danny Boyle's 'Jobs' Movie?


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Seth Rogen is the first-choice to play Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in Aaron Sorkin and Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs movie. Jessica Chastain is also being sought for a notable role in the movie, which stars Christian Bale as the late entrepreneur.

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According to The Wrap, neither Rogen nor Chastain have deals in place but the comedy actor is in talks to play Wozniak, who created the Apple I computer and co-created the Apple II machine in the mid-1970s. 

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Apple CEO Tim Cook, "Being Gay is My Gift from God"


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Apple chief executive Tim Cook has publically acknowledged his sexuality, saying that he is "proud to be gay" and that being gay is "one of the greatest gifts God has given me." Mr Cook, who took over the top job at Apple shortly before the untimely death of Steve Jobs, also challenged his home state of Alabama to ensure the rights of gay and transgender people.

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Aaron Sorkin Confirms Bale for 'Jobs' Movie, "We Needed The Best Actor"


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Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin has confirmed that Oscar-winner Christian Bale will play Steve Jobs in a forthcoming biopic. Sorkin is working on an adaptation of Walter Isaacson's 2011 biography of Jobs, which Danny Boyle will direct. Leonardo DiCaprio was thought to be set for the lead, before passing to take a break from acting.

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Speaking to Bloomberg Television's Emily Chang, Sorkin appeared to suggest that Bale was always the primary target, "We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range and that's Chris Bale," he said, "He didn't have to audition. Well, there was a meeting."

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Christian Bale to Play Steve Jobs after Leonardo DiCaprio Passes


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Christian Bale will play the late Apple founder Steve Jobs in Sony's forthcoming biopic, sources confirm. The project boasts a huge pedigree with Danny Boyle directing from a script by Aaron Sorkin, based on Walter Isaacson's biography. 

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Sorkin has previously confirmed the movie will be divided into three long scenes, each taking place backstage before one of Apple's famous product launches. The first scene will focus on the launch of the Mac, while, interestingly, the second will follow Jobs as he unveils the NeXT - the cube like computer that he developed after leaving Apple and a machine used by Tim Berners-Lee to write the first web browser. The final section of the movie will focus on the iPod.

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David Fincher Leaves Steve Jobs Movie After 'Ridiculous' Wage Demands


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Oscar-winning filmmaker David Fincher has walked out on Aaron Sorkin's biopic of late Apple founder Steve Jobs after Sony Pictures turned down his "aggressive" demands for a $10 million pay-day as well as control of the marketing of the movie, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

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It was believed that Fincher had joined the as-yet untitled drama after working with Sorkin on the Facebook movie The Social Network, though a source said Fincher's salary demands were "ridiculous."

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Hey UK, You Can Now Rip CDs and DVDs Without Going to Prison


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Ripping CDs and DVDs for personal use is to be legalised in the UK as part of new government legislation to update copyright law for the digital age. From June 1, those living in the UK will be free to copy music, movies and e-books purchased from one device, for use on another.

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However, it will remain illegal to copy content you do not legally own, or make copies for family or friends.

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Christian Bale + Aaron Sorkin + David Fincher = Amazing Steve Jobs Biopic


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Christian Bale could play Steve Jobs in the forthcoming biopic directed by David Fincher and written by Aaron Sorkin. Though the writer-director team is enough to whet appetites, the addition of Oscar winner Bale to the mix basically means this movie cannot fail. Sort of.

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Bale, who recently scored an Oscar nomination for American Hustle, is very much Fincher's first choice for the movie considered a companion piece to Fincher and Sorkin's The Social Network.

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'Jobs' Movie Panned, Wozniak Sticks Knife In: What Went Wrong?


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Ashton Kutcher has well and truly been "punk'd." As soon as photos surfaced of him in his uncanny Apple co-founder Steve Jobs get-up for the just-released Jobs biopic, it seemed like the movie could do no wrong when the protagonist completely looked the part. How wrong we were: after all the hype had died down, it seems as though Kutcher is the issue with the movie and it's time for the Dude Where's My Car? actor to face the music and accept the film stunk.

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Ashton Kutcher's Performance As Steve Jobs Has Been Trashed Intensely.

The Guardian's Brian Moylan identifies that "the biggest problem with the movie is that it doesn't necessarily present anything real or true, but it presents the sort of Steve Jobs that people want to see." Although there are plenty of in-joke references for the drooling hoardes of Apple fans, it is remarked that these - and the regular complicated tech details - are "as exciting to non-tech people as hairbrushes are to a bald man."

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Jobs Star Ashton Kutcher Hands Out Strange Job – Fantasy Football Assistant Manager


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Having starred in Jobs – maybe starred is a strong word considering the reviews – it’s clear where Ashton Kutcher’s mind is: Fantasy Football. Perhaps we’re getting a clearer picture of why he couldn’t capture the essence of a man considered a captain of industry before he died.

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The actor admitted on Jimmy Kimmel Live that he gave one of his staff the job of looking after certain aspects of his Fantasy Football team, which, as is evidenced by Two and A Half Men, can make people do silly things. “I actually have a member of my staff who is dedicated to research and analysis in fantasy football,” the 35-year-old actor confessed to Jimmy Kimmel Thursday night.

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