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Steve Jobs Vs. Bill Gates: Learn The Reason For The Biggest Rivalry Between The Two Legends-Net Worth, Assets, House, Cars. Business Venture, Family

Published Wed Jul 03 2019 By Dibas Pratap Basnet
Steve Jobs Vs. Bill Gates: Learn The Reason For The Biggest Rivalry Between The Two Legends-Net Worth, Assets, House, Cars. Business Venture, Family

Bill Gates and the late Steve Jobs are globally recognized for their entrepreneurship skills, immense wealth and above all their contribution to technology. The two legends of the industry are undoubtedly the reason behind the huge boom in the tech industry. 

Their innovative mind, dedication to their work, brilliant minds, and revolutionary thinking made them into tech industry giants in their own right. Both were allies in the past but had a rivalry spanning decades.      

As of July 2019, Bill Gates has a net worth of around $103 billion and Steve Jobs was worth around $10.2 billion at the time of his death

Relationship Between Jobs And Gates, Friendship, Feud And Farewell

Start Of Microsoft And Apple, Gates And Jobs Were Allies  

Gates created Microsoft in 1975 with Paul Allen and Jobs created Apple with Steve Wozniak in 1976. Initially, both were friends and collaborated together working towards a new era in technology. Jobs and Wozniak created Apple II and Gates along with Allen made BASIC.  

Jobs and Gates were friends in the past
Jobs and Gates were friends in the past 

The two used each other’s resources and launched their product into the market. This was the start of Jobs and Gates’ complex relationship. 

Firstly the two worked for almost hand in hand and Microsoft had a big hand in making Macintosh happen.  

Start Of The Jobs-Gates Rivalry 

The end of the Apple-Microsoft collaboration started after Microsoft created and launched their first Windows OS. Former Microsoft president, Jon Shirley also said that the launch of Windows was the thing that angered Apple the most.  

After Windows 95 sold heaps and made Gates a billionaire this caused Mac sales to dwindle. Steve Jobs to become an authoritarian figure who created tension and animosity in the company.

Steve Jobs and Bill Gates' Rivalry Started after Microsoft was released
Steve Jobs and Bill Gates' Rivalry Started after the first Windows was released 

Due to this, almost everyone working at Apple voted to fire him from the company and he was eventually fired in 1985.    

Jobs even fought with the former CEO John Sculley and this was the final nail in the coffin for his Apple career.  

After being fired he invested in a then small company called Pixar and their first hit Toy Story made him economically stable again. The movie collected $373.6 million at the box office. 

Return Of Steve Jobs To Apple

Steve Jobs returned to Apple in 1996 and the company was almost bankrupt at the time. He turned the company’s fate around and announced a partnership between Apple and Microsoft.  

Microsoft also invested $150 million in Apple and using the new found capital Jobs made Apple into the $1 trillion worth company we know today.

Gates’ Final Farewell To Jobs

Steve Jobs died on October 5, 2011, in Palo Alto, California, the United States and Gates was there to say his final goodbye sometime before he passed away.  

In the end, Gates and Jobs were rivals and not enemies and both had mutual respect for each other all through their life and career.      

Assets: Private Jet, Stocks, Cars 

Bill Gates and Steve Jobs were contemporaries and every aspect of the two was compared including their assets which we have listed below.   

Bill Gates





Steve Jobs
Microsoft Stock$14 billion (July 2019)5.5 million Shares Of Apple$1.115 Billion (July 2019)
Two Bombardier BD-700 Global Express Jet$40 million * 2 = $80 millionGulfstream V Jet$40 million
Xanadu 2.0 (Home)$ 127,500,000Cars8 state of the art expensive cars that we know of
Cars23 Cars
Yacht House$1.4 billionYacht$112,747,500

Comparing their net worth, Jobs was worth $10.2 billion when he passed away in 2011 and Gates had a net worth of around $56 million in 2011. 

Bill Gates’ Personal Life: Daughter, Children, Wife, Family

Bill Gates was born William Henry Gates III on October 28, 1955, in Seattle, Washington, U.S. to father Bill Gates Sr. and Mary Maxwell Gates.

He has two sisters named Kristi and Libby. He studied at Lakeside School and went to National Merit Scholar. An interesting fact about Gates was that he scored 1590 out of 1600 no his SATs.

Bill Gates with his wife Melinda Gates
Bill Gates with his wife Melinda Gates 

Then he enrolled at the prestigious Harvard College in 1973 but dropped out to create Microsoft with friend Paul Allen.

As of July 2019, Gates is married to Melinda French, he married her on January 1, 1994. Together they have 3 children Jennifer Katharine Gates, Rory John Gates, and Phoebe Adele Gates.

Steve Jobs’ Personal Life: Death, Education, Children, Age, Family, Parents,

Steve Jobs was born Steven Paul Jobs on February 24, 1955, in San Francisco, California, U.S. to biological father Abdulfattah "John" (al-)Jandali and mother Joanne Schieble. He was later adopted by Paul and Clara Jobs.  

He studied at Monta Loma Elementary school and transferred to Crittenden Middle School. After this, he studied at Homestead High School then enrolled at Reed College. 

Jobs with his wife Laurene
Jobs with his wife Laurene 

Regarding his relationships, he was married to Laurene Powell Jobs, the couple tied the knot on March 18, 1991, and the marriage lasted until his death in 2011.    

He had 4 children, 3 with wife Powell Jobs named Erin Siena Jobs, Eve Jobs, and Reed Jobs. He also had another daughter with former girlfriend Chrisann Brennan.