Steve Jobs Remembered: the Most Celebrated CEO of the Last Century [Gallery]



Steve Jobs, the iconic co-founder of Apple and perhaps the most influential American CEO of his generation, died Wednesday after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

Jobs may or may not have graced more magazine covers than any CEO of the last century (eight times on the cover of TIME magazine, alone), may or may not have been responsible for more changes to the consumer electronics landscape than any other businessman, and may or may not have single-handedly saved the music industry with Apple’s iTunes.

What is certain, however, is that in the coming days more ink and more pixels will be dedicated to his life, his career, and his influence on modern culture than that usually reserved for heads of state and the most popular figures of stage and screen.

Here then, is a Cult of Mac round-up of some of our favorite images of Steve Jobs, from his early days until some of those toward the end of his all-too-brief journey with us in this life.


The Early Years

The two Steves--Jobs and Wozniak in the earliest days of the Apple Computer Company (circa 1975).
Jobs and Wozniak again, grinning like a couple of guys who know they have a good idea.
Jobs in a bit of a glamour pose, still in the early days of Apple.
Jobs in an early video screengrab.
Who doesn't love this classic image of a young Steve Jobs flipping off IBM?
  • bas

    I think he was the best CEO the world will ever know.

  • gareth edwards

    The last photo is a heart breaker.

    A great reminder that Steve was, above everything else people write about him, a person.


    Hope New Balance do a Steve charity shoe, he must have been their most high profile brand ambassador.

  • Sandra

    the last picture breaks my heart … the look of a man that knew he didn’t have much time left … 

  • cheryl kelly

    And he made being a geek a sexy thing.  It’s strange how the death of a CEO you’ve never met can break your heart. I suppose it’s because he gave so much of his.

  • Ole Kristian Dyskeland

    I think it’s unapropriate to include the picture of Steve Jobs and John Sculley because as everybody knows, Steve hated John Sculley!!

  • HerbalEd

    And yet, Sculley has been saying how much he admired Jobs and that forcing him out of the company was the biggest mistake of his career. Ironically, although Jobs was forced out because the board thought he was too young, and incapable of CEOing Apple, yesterday I heard Sculley in two different interviews say he thought Jobs was the greatest CEO in history (or words to that effect).