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The memoir by Steve Jobs' daughter makes clear he was a truly rotten person whose bad behavior was repeatedly enabled by those around him (AAPL)

Troy Wolverton
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    Westlake
    The daughter's experiences and observations are consistent with Isaacson's biography of Steve Jobs, written about six years ago. The recurring theme of the book was: great innovator and brilliant mind but profound personal failings.
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    Just Me
    Job had wealth but refused to given anything to charity ... I personally approached Jobs on more than one occasion about a budget to give money to approved charities... his comment "I don't give to charities nor will Apple"
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    s
    think i'd rather be a middle class working stiff whose kids remember as the guy who was always there to watch their ball games, etc. and there to help
    when they needed it than be "rich and successful" and remembered by his
    children that way. think i'd be way richer in all the ways that truly count.
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    Daniel
    There are some good comments here. As someone else said, if you work in corporate America it won't take you long to realize this type of behavior is very common among the senior management. It is an attitude of extreme competition and win at all costs.
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    James
    Steve Wozniak has said it for years. Jobs only cared about himself and no one else.
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    Roxy206
    To a child, time and attention are more important than money.
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    Adam
    "We're cold people." -Laurene Powell-Jobs
    "When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time." - Maya Angelou
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    The Master
    For neighbors to have taken her in only ads to the truthfulness of Jobs: A Genius in Manipulation and Successful through Tyranny because in the business world You are Taught to give in and accept in order to Move Up. Funny how There is NO ONE coming to defend Jobs other than a Luke warm Family response.
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    Dang
    I hope the proceeds from the book ( https://amzn.to/2MxDzUb ) will make up a fraction of what she could have inherited from a "normal" Dad.
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    David
    re: "In the end, did his business achievements outweigh the cruelty he inflicted on others? I don't know."

    Let me help you with that: no. In perspective, he didn't cure cancer, he largely produced devices for entertainment and communications. Humanity isn't really so much better off with those as compared to surviving cancer. If he'd actually saved lives, improved lives, then *maybe* it would be forgivable. Instead he was a terrible person, and his family and employees know it better than anyone.