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Who Was the Woman Behind Steve Jobs?

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By Gina E. Ryder, Christian Post Contributor
October 8, 2011|4:38 pm

The funeral of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs took place Friday in a private event at an undisclosed location.

As the world mourns the passing of one of the greatest innovators in history, little is known about Steve Jobs’ personal life. For instance, what do we know about his wife?

Laurene Jobs married Steve Jobs on March 18, 1991 at the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park. A Buddhist monk presided over the ceremony.

Known as a businesswoman and philanthropist, Laurene Jobs had an extensive education. She received her BA from the University of Pennsylvania and her BS in Economics from the Wharton School of Business, class of 1985. She also received her MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1991.

Prior to business school, Laurene worked for Merrill Lynch Asset Management and Goldman Sachs.

The widow’s career includes a focus on non-profit entrepreneurship, specifically in education, women’s human rights and the arts.

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She is the co-founder of Terrravera, a company established in August 2003 committed to the development of organic raw materials for the food and feed industries.

In 1997, she founded an after-school program called Board of College Track, a program that helps underprivileged high school students experience success in college. She now serves as the board’s president.

Laurene also serves on the boards of the Emerson Collective, KQED (PBS), EdVoice, New America Foundation and the Global Fund for Women.

In a statement released by Apple's Board of Directors, Jobs' wife was presented in a positive, admirable light. While everyone knew how much Jobs loved his career, he said that he loved his wife above all. She is referred to as his "greatest love" and one of the few people who saw Jobs in a personal, non-professional light.

While Jobs’ wife has yet to comment directly on the death of her husband, the family did release a statement to the press Thursday. It read: "Steve died peacefully today surrounded by his family. In his public life, Steve was known as a visionary; in his private life, he cherished his family."

 

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