Gil Amelio Apple 2.0

Steve Jobs and Gil Amelio, 7 Jan 1997
Steve Jobs and Gil Amelio, 7 Jan 1997

Name
Gil Amelio
Life
born 1943 (age 77 or 78)
Relationship to Steve
Apple CEO
Short Bio

Gil Amelio was Apple's CEO for exactly 500 days, in 1996-97. He understood Apple's problems and tried to fix them by cutting back expenses and forming business partnerships. One of the issues he addressed was Apple's failure to deliver a modern operating system to evolve the old Mac OS: he eventually bought NeXT (and thus OpenStep) —bringing back Steve Jobs to the company he had co-founded. Steve eventually made Amelio leave after a board coup in February 1997, and became interim CEO of Apple. Steve Jobs publicly made fun of Gil in his famous joint interview with Bill Gates in 2007, attributing to him the saying: "Apple is like a ship with a hole in the bottom, and my job is to get the ship pointed in the right direction".

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