Apple’s Steve Jobs is one of the most loved and feared CEOs in history, and for good reason.Jobs’ fiery temper is legendary around Silicon Valley. He fires people on a whim, berates colleagues and he gets results. Many of the executives that work for Steve could easily run any other company, but they choose to stay at Apple.
Steve Jobs does what many other CEOs are afraid to do — he surrounds himself with the smartest, most talented people in the world. With these people and his vision, Apple has reshaped the technology industry, bringing Apple from a niche computer company to a mainstream juggernaut.
Just look at some of the accomplishments that led Jobs to being named the CEO of the decade by Fortune.
In 2001 alone, Apple introduced the Cube (still one of my favorite computers), iTunes, Mac OS X, it opened its first retail store and in November introduced a little product called the iPod.
That doesn’t include some of the other big products he’s done over the last 10 years, like the iPhone. Let’s not forget that Jobs is also the largest shareholder of Disney, after selling Pixar to Disney for $7.5 billion in 2006.
Love him or hate him, Steve Jobs has changed the tech industry forever — and he’s not done yet.