To many Steve Jobs is deemed a hero and to others not so much. One thing you can be certain is that Steve Jobs was not your normal type of guy. In fact, that is probably the only reason Apple was so successful is because of his weirdness and determination to succeed at any cost. Even if that meant kicking friends and family to the curb, but we usually don’t hear that side of the story. Regardless of what he did in the past, though he was an innovator and set higher standards than anyone before. Here are 11 facts about Steve Jobs, you probably didn’t know.
1. Steve Jobs cheated to get his liver transplant faster.
Steve Jobs used a loophole in the UNOS registration system to get his liver transplant before others.
2. Steve gave a secretary a brand new Jaguar when she showed up to work late.
A secretary told Steve Jobs she was late for work because her car wouldn’t start – Jobs came back the same afternoon and threw her a set of keys to a brand new Jaguar saying: “Here, don’t be late anymore.”
3. Steve was the cause of Apple’s collapse in 1997.
Steve Jobs was the “anonymous party” that sold 1.5 million shares of Apple stock in 1997 causing Apple to hit a 12-year low in stock price. That event leads to a boardroom coup of CEO Gil Amelio and placed Steve Jobs as new CEO of Apple.
4. Apple copied Xerox’s idea for the desktop computer and then accused Bill Gate’s of stealing the idea from him.
Apple got the idea of a desktop interface from Xerox. Later, Steve Jobs accused Gates of stealing from Apple. Gates said, “Well, Steve, I think it’s more like we both had this rich neighbor named Xerox and I broke into his house to steal the TV set and found out that you had already stolen it.”