Following his death, Steve Jobs has been featured on the cover of almost every imaginable magazine…Time, Fortune, Newsweek, even The New Yorker. None of this would have mattered to Steve, however. He had been on the cover of most of those magazines before. This week though, Steve graces the cover of Rolling Stone. The articles written by Jeff Goodell and Chrisann Brennan are well written and Goodell provides insight into the Steve he knew.
The real story is the fact that Steve made the cover of the Rolling Stone! Every musicians dream is to be on the cover, just ask Dr. Hook. But Steve was not a musician. He changed the music industry and loved the publication. Of all the magazines that have placed him on the cover over the past two weeks, the Rolling Stone is one that he would have been most proud of. After all, his idols the Beetles and Bob Dylan have both appeared on the cover, and now they are now immortalized together, bound by the cover of the Rolling Stone.
Following the death of Steve Jobs, many have began to wonder who he really was. He was an extremely private person and the same his true for his wife, Laurene Powell. Powell met Steve in 1990 when he was giving a speech on the campus of Stanford University. She was working on her MBA, and he was a guest lecturer in one of her classes. They exchanged phone numbers and were married a year later. Steve and Laurene have three children together ranging in age from 14 to 20.
It is clear that Powell is a very active person and I hope that she continues, and expands, her activism following the death of her husband. Her work is extremely important and has gone largely unnoticed. I think we will learn this about Steve Jobs as well, but Powell has an opportunity now to expand her philanthropy. Apple has not had the best reputation for charity work, but Tim Cook has already begun to change that by announcing that Apple will match all employee donations to any charity, up to $50,000 per year. Let’s help Powell continue to make difference by supporting the organizations. You can do so by clicking on their name above.