1955 -- Born Feb. 24 in San Francisco to Joanne Simpson and Abdulfattah Jandali.
1955 -- Adopted from infancy by Paul and Clara Jobs in San Francisco. Moves to Mountain View, California, five months later.
1969 -- Offered a summer job at Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) by William Hewlett.
1971 -- Meets Steve Wozniak; the two later found Apple Computer Inc.
1972 -- Graduates from Homestead High School in Los Altos.
1972 -- Registers at Reed College, Portland, Oregon, and drops out after one semester.
1974 -- Joins Atari Inc. as a technician.
1975 -- Starts attending meetings of the "Homebrew Computer Club," which discussed home computers.
1976 -- Jobs and Wozniak raise US$1,750 and build their first marketable table-top computer, the Apple I.
1976 -- Founds Apple Computer Company with Wozniak and Ronald Wayne. Wayne sells his stake two weeks later.
1976 -- Jobs and Wozniak launch Apple I for $666.66, the first single-board computer with a video interface and an onboard Read Only Memory (ROM), which instructed the machine on how to load programs from an external source.
1977 -- Apple is incorporated as Apple Computer Inc. and the new company buys out the original partnership.
1977 -- Apple launches Apple II, the world's first widely used personal computer.
1978 -- Jobs has first child, Lisa, with Chrisann Brennan.
1979 -- Development of Macintosh starts.
1980 -- Apple III launched.
1980 -- Apple goes public, share price jumps from $22 to $29 on the first day of trading.
1981 -- Jobs involves himself in Macintosh development.
1983 -- Recruits John Sculley as Apple president and chief executive officer.
1983 -- Announces "Lisa," the first mouse-controlled computer. It fails in the marketplace.
1984 -- Apple launches Macintosh with a splashy ad campaign on Super Bowl Sunday.
1985 -- Wins National Technology Medal from U.S. President Ronald Reagan.
1985 -- Jobs ousted from Apple after boardroom struggle with Sculley. Jobs resigns and takes five Apple employees with him.
1985 -- Founds Next Inc. to develop computer hardware and software. Company later renamed Next Computer Inc.
1986 -- Buys Pixar from George Lucas for less than $10 million. Company later renamed Pixar Animation Studios.
1989 -- Next launches $6,500 NeXT Computer, also known as The Cube. It comes with a monochrome monitor, and fails in the marketplace.
1989 -- Pixar wins Academy Award for animated short film "Tin Toy."
1991 -- Marries current wife Laurene Powell. Has three children with her over the years.
1992 -- Next releases NEXTSTEP operating system for Intel Corp. 486 processors. It fails in the wake of competition from Microsoft Corp.'s Windows and IBM Corp.'s OS/2.
1993 -- Next shuts hardware division, shifts focus to software.
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