Steve Jobs – “CEO of the Decade”!!!
Then in 1985, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was forced out of his own company after he and then-CEO John Sculley began to fight over the direction of Apple. Then Jobs founded another computer company, NeXT Computer. In 1986, Jobs bought The Graphics Group (later renamed Pixar) from Lucasfilm‘s computer graphics division.
Apple without Steve Jobs lost its way between 1985 and his return in 1997. Good people tried, failed, and almost sent the company into bankruptcy.
In 1996 however, NeXT was bought by Apple, returning him to the company he created. And then as all us know iTunes, Mac, Macbook, iPod, iPhone, the iTunes and iPhone App Stores, and other products vaulted Apple from turmoil into one of the world’s largest and most respected companies.
Apple’s come-back under Jobs spans 2000, when the company was worth $5 billion through today’s $170 billion valuation, edging out even the mega-bucks of Internet giant Google. In August, Apple reported having $31.1 billion in cash, a record for a technology company.
This is why Fortune Magazine has named Steve Jobs the CEO of the Decade.
The past decade in business belongs to Jobs. What makes that simple statement even more remarkable is that barely a year ago it seemed likely that any review of his accomplishments would be valedictory. But by deeds and accounts, Jobs is back.
Few CEOs have achieved the level of success which Steve has with Apple. So it’s hard not to agree with Fortune’s choice.