Summary: founder and former chief executive officer of Apple Inc. who invented and marketed ever-sleeker gadgets that transformed technology from the personal computer to the iPod and iPhone when he started the company with high school friend Steve Wozniak in a Silicon Valley garage in 1976 but was forced out 10 years later and returned in 1997 to rescue the company, in which it grew into the most valuable technology company in the world with a market value of $351 billion during his second stint.
Cause of Death: Pancreatic cancer
Born: February 24, 1955
Died: October 5, 2011
Location: Palo Alto, California