mouse-driven graphical user interface which led to the creation of the Macintosh. After losing apower struggle with the board of directors in 1984, Jobs resigned from Apple and foundedNeXT, a computer platform development company specializing in the higher education and businessmarkets. Apple's subsequent 1996 buyout of NeXT brought Jobs back to the company he co-founded,and he has served as its CEO since 1997.In 1986, he acquired the computer graphics division of Lucasfilm Ltd which was spun off as PixarAnimation Studios. He remained CEO and majority shareholder at 50.1% until its acquisition by TheWalt Disney company in 2006. Consequently Jobs became Disney's largest individual shareholder at7% and a member of Disney's Board of Directors.Jobs' history in business has contributed much to the symbolic image of the idiosyncratic, individualisticSilicon Valley entrepreneur, emphasizing the importance of design and understanding the crucial roleaesthetics play in public appeal. His work driving forward the development of products that are bothfunctional and elegant has earned him a devoted following.Contents [hide] Steve Jobs at the WWDC 07Jobs was born in San Francisco, California and was adopted by Paul and Clara Jobs (née Hagopian)of Mountain View, California, who named him Steven Paul. Paul and Clara later adopted a daughter,who they named Patti. Jobs' biological parents Abdulfattah Jandali, a Syrian graduate studentwho later became a political science professor, and Joanne Simpson, an American graduatestudent who went on to become a speech language pathologist later married, giving birth toand raising Jobs' biological sister, the novelist Mona Simpson.Jobs attended Cupertino Junior High School and Homestead High School in Cupertino, California,and frequented after-school lectures at the Hewlett-Packard Company in Palo Alto, California. He wassoon hired there and worked with Steve Wozniak as a summer employee. In 1972, Jobs graduatedfrom high school and enrolled in Reed College in Portland, Oregon. Although he dropped out after onlyone semester, he continued auditing classes at Reed, such as one in calligraphy, while sleeping onthe floor in friends' rooms, returning Coke bottles for food money, and getting weekly free meals at thelocal Hare Krishna temple. Jobs later stated, "If I had never dropped in on that single course incollege, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts."In the autumn of 1974, Jobs returned to California and began attending meetings of the HomebrewComputer Club with Wozniak. He took a job as a technician at Atari, a manufacturer of popular videogames, with the primary intent of saving money for a spiritual retreat to India.