Jobs Back on the Job!

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September 16. 1997

Co-founder of Apple, Steve Jobs, Returns as Apple's CEO in 1997

Co-founder of Apple, Steve Jobs, returns as CEO.

In the late 1970s, Jobs, with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, Mike Markkula, and others, designed, developed, and marketed one of the first commercially successful lines of personal computers, the Apple II series. In the early 1980s, Jobs was among the first to see the commercial potential of Xerox PARC’s mouse-driven graphical user interface, which led to the creation of the Macintosh.

After losing a power struggle with the board of directors in 1985, Jobs resigned from Apple and founded NeXT, a computer platform development company specializing in the higher-education and business markets. Apple’s subsequent 1996 buyout of NeXT brought Jobs back to the company he co-founded. ┬áHe served as its CEO from 1997 until August 24, 2011.