When Steve Jobs passed away in October 2011, he left a huge void in the IT industry as well as in the lives of his family. He was the founder and former-CEO of Apple, and under his guidance, Apple effectively transformed the technology and personal computing industry for the last few decades. From the evolution of the personal computer to innovations in laptops, tablets, smartphones and other technological devices, Apple is among the leading technology companies in the world. Without the innovations it provided, lives would simply not be the same as they are today. A considerable amount of Apple’s success can be attributed to Steve Jobs himself. While Steve Jobs left behind a huge legacy at Apple, he also left a wife and three children.
During his living years, Steve Jobs was notably one of the richest men in the world. He regularly ranked in the Forbes top 400 richest men. In addition to his ownership in Apple, he also was a leading shareholder in Disney. He set up trusts for his assets, and the assets passed on to his wife, Laurene, upon his passing. Today, Laurene is a leading individual shareholder in Disney, retains shares in Apple and is ranked as the 13th wealthiest woman in the world.
Before her husband passed away, Laurene Powell Jobs was focused on working for political and social causes that she was passionate about. She established College Track, which is an organization that is dedicated to helping less privileged high school students prepare for their college years. She also established the Emerson Collective, which is an advocacy group that focuses on immigration reform, environmental causes, educational issues and other issues. The Emerson Collective was established as an LLC so that her own financial contributions to the company would remain anonymous. In this way, she is focused on publicly giving her time and energy toward these causes while also making anonymous cash donations.
While the Jobs family has actively worked toward to promote a better world in their own highly publicized ways, this is nonetheless a family that is mourning the loss of the patriarch. In her first interview after her husband’s passing, Laurene Powell Jobs stated that she and her children continue to miss Steve Jobs on a daily basis. While he may have grown to be among the most famous CEOs and IT professionals in recent times, to Laurene and her children, he will be remembered as a husband and a father.
It is always a newsworthy event when a CEO of a top company passes away, but Steve Jobs’ passing was felt far and wide. News of his passing was mentioned at dinner tables across the country, and this is a testament to the profound impact he had on society for many decades of his career. While he will continue to be missed at Apple and by fans of Apple products, he also will continue to be missed by those who were nearest and dearest to him.