When you say Apple you actually say Steve Jobs, when you say Microsoft you say Bill Gates. And when you say Facebook you say Mark Zuckerberg. They are, without a doubt, the most influential people in technology today, and now they are one with the companies they own and they became iconic characters of the technology industry.
Their life stories are really fascinating. We summed things up to present you with a comparison with the most recent technology industry events: Bill Gates stepping down from Microsoft, Steve Jobs resigning from Apple and the announcement Mark is going to make.
Steve Jobs – The Man Who Thinks Differently
Steve was born in San Francisco, in 1955. He was not crazy about school, so he abandoned college after only one semester. In 1974 he got a job at Atari then he left to India. In 1976, at 21, Steve Jobs starts Apple. In 1985, Steve is removed from Apple.
In 1996, Steve Jobs returns to Apple where he imposes new successful products: iMac, Mac OS X, etc. Steve’s real hit comes in 2007 when Apple releases the iPhone, the first phone with a touchscreen. The release of iPad is next, a product that sets a standard on the portables market. Steve Jobs retired from Apple at 56, because of some serious health problems.
Bill was born in Seattle. Just like Steve, Bill also dropped out of school to start his own business. In 1977, when Gates was 22, Microsoft became one of the biggest tech companies in the world.
Bill Gates stepped down from Microsoft in 2008, when he was 53.
Mark Zuckerberg, The Man Behind Facebook
He was born in 1984, in White Plains, New York. During college he founded Facebook and a few years later he was featured by Forbes on their cover.
He is 27 years old and he doesn’t plan to retire from Facebook.
Steve is a Beatles fan, he drives a 2006 Mercedes Sl 55 AMG. He ate dinner with US President Bill Clinton in 1996. Avoids meat and he only eats fish.
Bill married Melinda French in 1994. They have three children. He likes paper, even though he is one of technology’s greats. He has an impressive book collection and the most valuable copy is Codex Leicester, a Leonardo Da Vinci texts collection which Bill purchased in 1994 for 30,8 million dollars.
Bill’s estate is valued at 125 million dollars and he likes to play bridge, tennis and golf in his free time.
Matt was born in a family of doctors. He lives in a rented home in Palo Alto with his girlfriend, Priscilla Chan and because of her Mark started to learn Chinese.
The couple visited China in 2010, but this has not stopped Beijing authorities to ban Facebook.
Mark is a colorblind. This is the main reason why he personally chose blue as Facebook’s main color and doesn’t want to change it.
Steve Jobs was characterized by former employees as being choleric and also a tyrant. Fortune magazine said Steve is the most “egomaniac CEO in Silicon Valley”.
Microsoft had to face a series of anti-trust lawsuits in the United States, being repeatedly accused of monopole.
Microsoft has an impressive market share on the software market and Windows currently runs on 90% of the world’s computers.
Facebook also came with trouble, considering the known legal disputes. Three of Mark’s Harvard colleagues sued him for stealing the plan of the Facebook social network, and other accusations appeared in the meantime.
Zuckerberg was also accused of using Facebook to find out private data about different people, but this was never proved.
Jobs was the lead character of three documentaries:
- Triumph of the Nerds – 1996 – about the appearance and evolution of the PC
- Nerds 2.0.1 – about the internet development
- Pirates of Silicon Valley – 1999 – about Apple and Microsoft.
In 1987 Bill entered the top 400 billionaires chart created by Forbes. His fortune was then estimated at 1,25 billion dollars. Time magazine said Bill is one of the most influential people in the 20th century and one of the first 100 most influential people in 2004, 2005 and 2006.
The creation of Facebook and it’s influence was the subject of The Social Network movie. Justin Timberlake played a supporting role in this movie. Although he initially disapproved of the movie, he warmed up to the idea later on.
In the end, we can only reach one conclusion: Steve, Bill and Mark all dropped out of school and never completed their studies. Maybe this is a recipe of success.