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Steve Jobs’ Creative (and Immensely Profitable) Genius

Author: Mark Dixon
Friday, August 26, 2011
3:49 pm

Yesterday, Silicon Valley Insider published a remarkable view of what shareholder value Apple delivered in the past fifteen years since Steve Jobs returned to Apple.

When Apple acquired NeXT, and Jobs, for $400 million in December, 1996, Apple’s market cap was $3 billion. Today it’s $347 billion, leaving it just $2 billion short of being the most valuable public company in the world, Exxon.

If we add to this legacy the fact that under Steve Jobs’ leadership, Pixar produced seven hit films from 1995 through 2006 (Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles and Cars) before being acquired by Disney for $7.4 billion, we have the most remarkable story of profitable, creative genius in the history of the world.


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