While we all recognize Steve Jobs as one of the most successful innovators of our time, the visionary lived many more lives than the wildly successful founder and c-level executive that we all think we know.
Despite his early successes, Jobs’ path to billionaire entrepreneur was anything but conventional. Here, we’ve rounded up some of the most mind blowing facts about Steve Jobs’ life and legacy that you’re probably not familiar with.
1. Steve Jobs was adopted by Clara and Paul Jobs shortly after he was born. His biological father was Syrian and his mother was American.
2. He met Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in high school when Wozniak was 18 and Jobs was 13.
3. When he was 13 years old, Jobs was given a summer job by Bill Hewlett (of Hewlett-Packard). He eventually cold-called Hewlett to ask for parts for an electronics project.
4. Steve Jobs was a pescetarian for most of his life, later becoming a fruitarian, which is a form of veganism that only includes fruit, nuts, seeds, and vegetables.
5. Jobs attended Reed College in 1972 before dropping out that same year to travel through India while studying Zen Buddhism.
6. During his single year of study, Steve Jobs had a considerably low GPA of just 2.65.
7. He once told a reporter that taking LSD in college was “one of the two or three most important things” he had ever done in his life.
8. Jobs eventually continued his education by informally auditing classes, surviving off of free meals from his neighborhood Hare Krishna temple and sleeping on his friends’ dorm room floors.
9. During his time at Atari, Steve Jobs was moved to the night shift due to his lack of hygiene. He would walk around barefoot in the Atari offices and didn’t shower often.
10. Jobs was pushed out of Apple in 1985 and purchased animation studio Pixar before rejoining Apple as CEO in 1997.
11. After leaving Apple in 1985, Jobs applied to fly on the Space Shuttle as a civilian astronaut but was not approved.
12. Jobs was worth over $1 million at the age of 23. His net worth grew to $250 million by the time he was 25, making him one of the youngest people to ever make the Forbes list of the nation’s richest people, something only a handful of people have done without access to inherited wealth.
13. He had a child, Lisa Brennan, when he was 23, whose paternity he denied for years, but Lisa’s mother publicly ensured that “he apologized many times over for his behavior.” Eventually, Brennan changed her name to Lisa Brennan-Jobs.
14. Around the time of Lisa’s birth, Jobs named a new Apple computer the “Apple Lisa” although he urged that the name stood for Local Integrated Software Architecture.
15. During his time at Apple, Steve Jobs paid himself just $1/year, however he owned 5.5 million shares of the Apple stock and was the majority shareholder of Disney.
16. Jobs enlisted an entire team at Apple to study the experience of opening a box to see how to increase excitement and emotional response—something that is still prevalent in Apple products today.
17. Steve Jobs dated Diane Keaton a few times in the eighties, but according to Keaton, “he’d start saying things about the computer and I’m going ‘I have no interest.’ Do you believe it? So that was the end of that.”
18. He was once invited by Bill Clinton to spend the night sleeping in the Lincoln bedroom of the White House.
19. Despite Apple’s clean lines and all-white aesthetic, Jobs originally did not want to offer his products in white but changed his mind upon seeing the “moon gray” shade.
20. When Steve Jobs was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2003, he pursued a holistic treatment approach, including alternative medicine, a strict vegan diet, acupuncture and psychic consultations before eventually undergoing surgery.
21. Despite being a billionaire, most of Jobs’ monetary fortune was not left to his children.
22. Steve Jobs’ famous last words on his deathbed were, “Oh wow, oh wow, oh wow.”
23. Sunday, October 16, 2011 was declared Steve Jobs Day by the governor of California and is still celebrated every year in the state of California.