Laurene Powell Jobs, Steve Jobs’ Widow an Innovator As Well


The shocking death of Apple founder and former CEO Steve Jobs has been dominating the news lately, and for great reason, as he was taken from us way too early. Jobs forever revolutionized the way we communicate and work with each other, and for generations down the road. His commencement speech at Stanford is something you should watch. You can see why it’s gotten over a million views.

I agree with the Daily Show’s Jon Stewart that Steve Jobs, left us too early and “we weren’t done with you yet…like some alien that comes to Earth and gives us the ground-breaking technology, shows us how to use it, then flies away saying ‘there you go have fun’ and we’re like ‘wait, what does this green button do?’

But do you know the story of Laurene Powell Jobs? His widow and co-founder and President of the Board of College Track. She’s an innovator in her own right.

Jobs received a BA degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a BS degree in Economics (BSE) from the Wharton School of Business at Penn in 1985. She received her MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1991.

She married Steve Jobs the same year.

Powell Jobs co-founded Terravera, a natural foods company that sells to retailers throughout Northern California. She also served on the board of directors of Achieva, which made online tools to help students study and to be more effective at taking tests. Before business school, Jobs worked for Merrill Lynch Asset Management and spent three years at Goldman Sachs as a fixed-income trading strategist. So obviously she came from a very connected family, and has had connections at the highest level her entire life.

Later, Jobs turned her attention to non-profit entrepreneurship, focusing on education, women’s human rights, and the arts. Today, she’s on the boards of directors of Teach for America; Global Fund for Women; KQED (PBS); EdVoice; New America Foundation; Stanford Schools Corporation; New Schools Venture Fund.

According to the San Jose Mercury-News:

Jobs is even more intensely private than her husband, rarely giving interviews and only occasionally appearing in public at his side. But the former investment banker has long supported a range of progressive causes — by working to help disadvantaged students and women, and donating money to environmental campaigns and Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential run.

And though she has generally kept a low profile, 47-year-old Laurene Jobs could one day emerge as a powerful supporter of the social and progressive causes she has long favored. Forbes recently ranked Steve Jobs as the 39th richest man in America, with estimated wealth of $7 billion.

-And do you know the story of Lisa Brennan-Jobs, his 33-year-old daughter? She was born just as Apple Computer began to take off. The Apple Lisa computer, invented the year she was born, was named after her, though officially, Jobs and Apple claimed it was an acronym for “Local Integrated Software Architecture” (Go here for that)

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