Steve Jobs Questioned Authority Throughout His Whole Life

Posted Oct 21, 2011

The late Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) co-founder and chairman Steve Jobs had questioned authority throughout his life. Jobs gave up religion because he was troubled by children that were starving and he called executives that took over Apple as corrupt. Jobs also refused cancer surgery to favor herbal medicine and cleansing.

The Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson said that Jobs came up with the company name when he was on a diet of fruits and veggies. When Jobs learned about his pancreatic cancer in October 2003, he tried a vegan diet, acupuncture, herbal remedies, and other treatments he found online. He decided to have surgery in July 2004.

In the biography, Jobs also revealed his relationship with Eric Schmidt. When he found out that HTC released a smartphone that was similar to the iPhone powered by the Android operating system, he was angry. He said that Google’s actions was equivalent to “grand theft.”

“I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong,” said Jobs in his book. “I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.”

Walter Isaacson will be appearing on 60 Minutes this Sunday.

[Associated Press]