Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs was born on February 24, 1955, and today would have marked his 66th birthday. Steve Jobs founded Apple alongside Steve Wozniak in 1976, and he was at the forefront of the personal computer revolution with machines like the Apple 1, Apple II, and the original Macintosh with its now-iconic name.
Paradoxically, Steve Jobs was ousted from Apple in 1985 after disagreements with then-CEO John Sculley, and after his departure, Apple struggled and was on the brink of failure. Jobs returned to Apple in 1997 after his company, NeXT, was acquired, and he proceeded to lead the company to the wild success that it enjoys today.
Many of Apple's most important products were developed under Jobs' leadership, including the iPod, , iPad, iPhone iTunes, the App Store, the MacBook, the iMac, and much more. His design philosophies and drive for perfection continue to shape Apple even nine years after his death.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has often said that Jobs' DNA - his taste, his thinking, his dedication to hard work, and his lust for innovation - will "always be the foundation of Apple."
There is not a single Apple product on the market that has not been influenced by Steve Jobs, and that even extends to many non-Apple products. Smartphones today look the way they do because Steve Jobs led the development of the all-screen no-keyboard iPhone in 2007.