Brainfood: How he made his pile - Steve Jobs, Co-founder/CEO of Apple and Pixar Animation Studios

Who is he? A 'corporate Huckleberry Finn' who sits on an estimated personal fortune of $2.6 billion. He co-founded Apple and is the visionary behind animation studio Pixar. Gates may be richer, but Jobs is cooler.

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Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

How did he make his millions? He started Apple with Stephen Wozniak in his garage using the $1,300 raised from the sale of a Volkswagen minibus in 1976. By 1980, Apple had gone public and was capitalised at $1.2 billion.

In 1985, Jobs left Apple, bought Pixar from George Lucas and produced the blockbusters Toy Story, Finding Nemo and Monsters Inc. He returned to a flagging Apple as CEO in 1997, breathing new life into the company with the launch of the iMac and iPod.

The secret of his success? A perpetual innovator with a real sense of style, whose utilitarian obsession with making technology accessible to the masses continues to fuel his success.

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