Steve Jobs helped to create the first Apple computer in 1976 with partners Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne. It was nothing more than a rudimentary circuit board at the time, but Apple would eventually go on to lead the tech industry, thanks to a strategy that prioritized design as much as functionality.
Jobs, who was often described as tyrannical and difficult to work with, was undeniably passionate about his work. When he was kicked out of the company in 1985, he went on to create the NeXT workstation, which British computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee used to write the first web browser in 1989. Jobs later sold the computer to Apple and was rehired as the company’s CEO in 1997.
With the introduction of the iMac in 1998, Apple began its slow evolution as a leading brand in the desktop computer industry, thanks in part to its signature minimalist aesthetic. For more than a decade after, Jobs stood at the helm as Apple made its foray into Mac laptops, iPod mp3 players, iPhones, and iPad tablets. Jobs passed away on October 5, 2011, after a battle with pancreatic cancer.