We’re all crazy about our iTunes libraries and we have the late Steve Jobs to thank for making that happen. Steve’s story has been played out in numerous books and movies, but no one gives the details about his wife and what she’s doing now.
When anyone has a net worth of more than 11 billion dollars, it is worth giving them some attention, but when that person is Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of one of the great technological visionaries of our time, she deserves a closer look. After inheriting her wealth from her husband’s estate, Jobs has been using this money to move forward both politically and philanthropically.
Before she married the founder of Apple, she grew up in New Jersey. She earned her bachelors degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and she went on to gain a Masters in Business Administration from Stanford Graduate School. Between business school and and undergraduate work, she spent time as a fixed income trading specialist with the international company, Merrill Lynch Asset Management. While she was there, she learned a lot about what money could and could not do.
When looking at Jobs’ track record, it makes sense that she has ended up at the forefront of the some of the causes that have become near and dear to her. Before her husband’s death, she was one of the movers and shakers behind the scenes regarding national education reform. With the journalist Carlos Watson, she co-founded a program called College Track that was designed to help minority and low-income students get ready for college.
She also put together the Emerson Collective, a organization that was dedicated to supporting the twin causes of immigration reform and education. With a strong interest in social justice and conservation, the Emerson Collective does most of its good through investments, grants and partnerships, essentially empowering people who are experts in their fields to do the most good that they can.
Some found Jobs’ political interests to be a bit of a surprise. Steve Jobs was very clear on his contempt for politics and the people who engaged them. By contrast, Laurene Powell Jobs was revealed as one of the top donors of the powerful PAC Ready for Hillary, dedicated to supporting Hillary Clinton’s run for office.
In general, Jobs has a strong interest in service, and from her beginnings as someone who watched money to see how it worked to the money and prestige that she wields now, she has a lot of potential. Many people are watching Jobs and are very curious to see what she is going to do with the power she holds!