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Laurene Powell Jobs

Laurene Powell Jobs is a billionaire businesswoman and executive from the United States. Laurene Powell Jobs is the co-founder and former CEO of Apple Inc., and she manages the Steve Jobs Trust. Meanwhile, she is the widow of Steve Jobs.

Early Life

Laurene Powell Jobs was born on November 6, 1963, in West Milford, New Jersey, the United States. She is currently 60 years old and has a sun sign of Scorpio. Moreover, she is an American by nationality and belongs to White-American ethnicity.

Laurene was born to American parents but the identities of them are still missing. When she was just three years old, her father died in a plane collision and later her mother remarried. She has a brother named Brad Powell and a sister named Tracy Powell.

Laurene Powell Jobs – Education

In terms of her academics, she attended the University of the Pennsylvania School of Arts and Sciences and earned her B.A. degree in Political Science followed by a B.S. degree in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in the year 1985. In 1991, she completed her MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Professional Career

Initially, Laurene Powell Jobs began her professional career working at Merrill Lynch Asset Management and spent three years at Goldman Sachs as a fixed-income trading strategist. She co-founded ‘Terravera’, a natural foods firm that was eventually sold to Northern California stores.

Moreover, she was a member of the board of directors of ‘Achieva’, a firm that provides online tools to assist children do better on standardized tests. Aside from that, she has made significant contributions to the well-being of millions of students. She and a fellow entrepreneur, Carlos Watson, founded ‘College Track’, a nonprofit organization that assists disadvantaged students in completing their education.

Caption: Laurene Powell Jobs giving a speech in a program (Source: Gender Avenger)

In 2004, she established the Emerson Collective, a private company structured as a Limited Liability Company that supports social entrepreneurs and organizations working in education and immigration reform, social justice, media and journalism, and conservation through partnerships, grants, and investments.

Acquired shares in multiple companies

Similarly, she has acquired a 20% share in Monumental Sports & Entertainment, which owns the NBA’s Washington Wizards, the NHL’s Washington Capitals, and Capital One Arena.

She was the second-largest shareholder, after chairman Ted Leonsis. In addition, she is also an investor in California Forever, a company building a planned sustainable city in Solano County, California.

After her husband’s death in October 2011, she inherited the Steven P. Jobs Trust, which as of May 2013 had a 7.3% stake in The Walt Disney Company worth about $12.1 billion, and 38.5 million shares of Apple Inc.

Philanthropy works

In addition to her work with Emerson Collective, Powell Jobs has been involved in various philanthropic efforts. She is known for her interest in education reform and has supported organizations and initiatives that aim to improve educational opportunities for students.

In 2021, she established the Waverley Street Foundation and promised to contribute $3 billion over a decade to organizations working to combat climate change via creative solutions and environmental justice.

Laurene Powell Jobs – Awards

Forbes listed Powell Jobs as the 29th most influential woman in the world in 2014. According to the same ranking, a businesswoman from the United States is the richest woman in the technology field.

Caption: Steve Jobs Wife Laurene Powell Accepts Medal Of Freedom From Joe Biden (Source: Hollywood Life)

Aside from these accomplishments, Barack Obama praised Powell Jobs by naming her to the White House Council for Community Solutions.

Net Worth 2024

According to the Forbes list, Powell Jobs’s net worth is estimated at around $13.2 billion. She has inherited her fortune–mostly through shares of Walt Disney and Apple–from her late husband, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who died in 2011.

Relationship Status

Currently, Laurene Powell Jobs is single and the widow of Steve Jobs. In 1989, she met Steve Jobs during his lecture at Stanford Business School, where she was a new MBA student.

Caption: Laurene Powell Jobs with three kids (Source: South China Morning Post)

The couple married on March 18, 1991, at the Ahwahnee Hotel. With the marriage, the couple has a son named Reed and two daughters Erin and Eve. Steve died in 2011 due to pancreatic cancer.

Body Measurements

Caption: Laurene Powell Jobs talking in an interview (Source: Town & Country Magazine)

The billionaire businesswoman is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs around 68 kg. Moreover, she has blonde hair with blue eyes colour while her other body measurements are unknown.

Laurene Powell Jobs – Social Media

On her Instagram page ‘@laurenepowell.official’ there are over 45.2k followers. Similarly, there are over 80.4k followers on her Twitter page ‘@laurenepowell’ and over 1.6k followers on her Facebook page.