Five Things You Might Not Have Known About Steve Jobs

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We all know that Steve Jobs was an innovative thinker, a wearer of black turtlenecks, and a purveyor of cool, but here are a few Steve Jobs facts that you might not have known:

He took Timothy Leary’s words to heart. He turned on, tuned in, and dropped out

Jobs, who claimed that LSD was one of the three most important thing he had done in his life, was also  a college dropout.  Jobs graduated from Homestead High School in Cupertino, California and enrolled in Reed College in Oregon.  He dropped out one semester later.

He did not know his biological father until later in life

Jobs was born out of wedlock to graduate students  Joanne Carole Schiebleand Syrian-born Abdulfattiah Jandali.  He was adopted by Clara and Paul Jobs, a middle-class American couple.

He didn’t play well with others

Jobs was a perfectionist with a legendary bad temper.  Imagine a mushroom cloud.  Now imagine a bigger mushroom cloud.  Jobs was a relentless taskmaster, who reportedly made people cry with his tantrums.

He was a Buddhist

Jobs went to India in 1973 in search of spiritual enlightenment.  He returned with a shaved head, and adopted the Buddhist philosophy.  Not only did he practice the Zen way, he also used the Dalai Lama in Apple’s ad campaign: “Think Different”

He made $1 a year (in salary)

In 2010, his compensation package was a whopping $1 per year.  This does not include, of course, his shares of Apple.