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Laurene Powell and Steve Jobs Marriage Profile

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Steve Jobs and Laurene Powell

Apple's Steve Jobs and Laurene Powell arrive at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards held at Kodak Theatre on March 7, 2010 in Hollywood, California.

Photo: Alexandra Wyman / Getty Images
Keeping their marriage out of the news, Steve Jobs and Laurene Powell had a successful marriage.

Born:

Steven Paul Jobs: February 24, 1955 in San Francisco, California.

Laurene Powell: Abt. 1963.

Died:

Steve Jobs: At the age of 56, surrounded by family, Steve Jobs died on October 5, 2011 of pancreatic cancer.

How Steve and Laurene Met:

Steve first met Laurene after noticing her in the front row at one of his speeches at Stanford University. He asked her out to dinner that night.
"I was in the parking lot with the key in the car, and I thought to myself, 'If this is my last night on earth, would I rather spend it at a business meeting or with this woman?' I ran across the parking lot, asked her if she'd have dinner with me. She said yes, we walked into town and we've been together ever since."
Source: Brian Lam. "The Life of Steve Jobs -- So Far." Gizmodo.com. 8/24/2011.

Wedding Date and Info:

Steve and Laurene were married on March 18, 1991 in a brief ceremony at the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park. The officiant at their wedding was Kobin Chino Otogowa, a friend of Jobs and a Zen Buddhist monk.
Early Photo of Steve and Laurene
Jeffrey S. Young, William L. Simon: "The ceremony itself could not have been simpler or more austere ... Incense was burning as the guests and the bridal group entered the room ... Instead of wedding bells, the small group heard the boing of a Buddhist gong."
Source: Jeffrey S. Young, William L. Simon. iCon Steve Jobs: The Greatest Second Act in the History of business. 2005. pg. 193.

Children:

  • Lisa Nicole Brennan-Jobs: Born in 1978. Lisa is a writer. Her mother is Chris-Ann Brennan.
  • Reed Paul Jobs: Born in 1991. His mother is Laurene Powell.
  • Erin Seinna Jobs: Born in 1995. Her mother is Laurene Powell.
  • Eve Jobs: Born in 1998. Her mother is Laurene Powell.

Occupations:

Steve: Co-founder and Chairman of the Board, former CEO of Apple, executive film producer, inventor, co-founder of Pixar.

Laurene: Businesswoman, income trading strategist.

Residence:

Steve and Laurene lived in Palo Alto, California. Picture of Steve and Laurene's Home (Photo: Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images)

Quotes About the Marriage of Laurene and Steve Jobs:

Mona Simpson: "His abiding love for Laurene sustained him ... A middle-class boy from Los Altos, he fell in love with a middle-class girl from New Jersey. It was important to both of them to raise Lisa, Reed, Erin and Eve as grounded, normal children. Their house didn’t intimidate with art or polish; in fact, for many of the first years I knew Steve and Lo together, dinner was served on the grass, and sometimes consisted of just one vegetable. Lots of that one vegetable ... He had surprises tucked in all his pockets. I’ll venture that Laurene will discover treats — songs he loved, a poem he cut out and put in a drawer — even after 20 years of an exceptionally close marriage."
Source: Mona Simpson. "A Sister's Eulogy for Steve Jobs." NYTimes.com. 10/30/2011.

Lisen Stromberg: "[Steve] is also a good neighbor. In time, things changed. The walks were less frequent, the gait slower, the smile not so ready. Earlier this year, when I saw Steve and his wife walking down our street holding hands, I knew something was different. Now, so does the rest of the world."
Source: Lisen Stromberg. "My Neighbor, Steve Jobs. PaloAltoPatch.com. 8/29/2011.

Steve: "During the next five years, I started a company named NeXT, another company named Pixar, and fell in love with an amazing woman who would become my wife. Pixar went on to create the worlds first computer animated feature film, Toy Story, and is now the most successful animation studio in the world. In a remarkable turn of events, Apple bought NeXT, I returned to Apple, and the technology we developed at NeXT is at the heart of Apple's current renaissance. And Laurene and I have a wonderful family together ... You've got to find what you love."
Source: Steve Jobs. "Stanford University Commencement Address." Standford.edu. 6/12/2005.

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