Today in Apple history: Pixar makes Steve Jobs a billionaire

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The start of Jobs' professional turnaround.
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Nov29November 29, 1995: Capitalizing on the success of Toy Story, Pixar floats 6.9 million shares on the stock market. The IPO makes Steve Jobs, who
owns upward of 80 percent of the company, a billionaire for the first time.

After the windfall, one of the first people Jobs calls is his friend Larry Ellison, already a member of the billionaire’s club.

“Hello, Larry?” Jobs tells his friend on the phone. “I made it.”

Today in Apple history: Toy Story 2 arrives in theaters

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Toy Story 2 coincided with the start of Jobs' own career second act.
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Nov24November 24, 1999: Steve Jobs gets another feather in his cap when Toy Story 2, the sequel to the original 1995 Pixar hit, debuts in theaters — becoming the first animated sequel in history to gross more than the original.

While more a piece of Steve Jobs history than Apple history, the release of Toy Story 2 caps off a spectacular year for Apple’s CEO.

Today in Apple history: Toy Story arrives in theaters

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The movie which helped make Steve Jobs a billionaire.
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Nov22November 22, 1995: Pixar’s first feature-length animated movie Toy Story arrives in theaters.

The more successful of Steve Jobs’ business ventures during his wilderness years outside Apple, the box office smash hit makes Jobs’ belief in the power of computer graphics pay off in a big way.

How big? A cleverly-timed decision to time the movie’s launch with Pixar’s public offering turns 40-year-old Jobs into a billionaire.

Jony Ive’s design book is much more than an ego trip

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Apple's Industrial Design team has published a book of its work over two decades: Designed by Apple in California.

Increasingly, some Apple fans think Jony Ive has lost it.

He’s killing ports and headphone jacks left and right. The latest MacBooks value form over function. He’s designing gold watches for the 1 percent.

And now his glossy new photo book, Designed by Apple in California, looks like a $300, linen-bound ego trip.