Interview with Jobs’ widow: $27.5 billion in assets in his lifetime

BEIJING, March 6 (UPI) — The New York Times recently gave an exclusive interview to Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, according tomedia reports. In the interview, Lauren said Jobs had a huge impact on her, and they chatted for hours almost every day, with a wide range of chats. Lauren said: ‘I’ve incorporated too much into him. “

Interview with Jobs' widow: $27.5 billion in assets in his lifetime

Lauren also says one of the profound lessons she learned from Jobs is that we don’t have to accept that the world we were born in is fixed and impermeable, and that through the energy and power of willpower, intention and focus, we can actually change it.

“We were born to make a mark on the universe,” Lauren said of Jobs’s famous saying. Jobs’ intention, she says, was to say, “We all have the ability to change the environment.” “

Finally, when it comes to personal wealth, Lauren, the world’s 35th-richest man with about $27.5bn, says it is unreasonable and unfair to over-concentrate wealth. In her lifetime, she will use this wealth for charity and help those who need it.

“It is inappropriate and unfair that individuals accumulate huge amounts of wealth equivalent to the sum of millions of others,” she said. The accumulation of such wealth is dangerous to a society. “

Lauren said: “I inherited my wealth from my husband, he doesn’t care about the accumulation of wealth. I do this in honor of his work, and I have devoted my life to the effective distribution of these assets to the best of my ability to advance the status of individuals and communities in a sustainable manner. “

She added: “I’m not interested in building heritage wealth, and my children know it.” Steve isn’t interested in it. If I live long enough, it will all end with me. “

Here’s a summary of the article:’

She wanted to interview me before I had time to interview Laurenpowell Jobs.

It’s an unusual request, but Lauren’s request is not particularly surprising. Nearly a decade after the death of her husband, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, she remains a very secretive person.

When Jobs was alive, Lauren stayed out of the public eye. She runs a natural food company dedicated to education and immigration reform and caring for their families. While Lauren has become increasingly ambitious in recent years on her business and philanthropy, she has kept a low profile, given relatively few interviews and avoided the limelight. If she wants to agree to sit down and talk, she wants to know who will ask these questions.

So, on a cold morning late last year, we sat on a plush sofa in the dimly lit living room of the Greenwich Hotel in New York, warming by a blazing fireplace. When she drinks green juice, we talk about climate change, a common interest in Buddhism, and so on. I didn’t record the conversation, but two months later, we were sitting on the same couch, by the same fire, and this time I turned on the recorder.

The reason for Lauren’s caution in public soon became clear. In an age of tweets (meaning short ness), she delivers lengthy passages that weave personal narratives, politics, and her views on social change. She unironically cites Dante, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Ross Perot. Her ideas vary widely, and she doesn’t pretend to have simple solutions to complex problems.

Lauren also believes that, at least in some ways, her husband was misunderstood. She believes that the popular interpretation of one of his most popular quotes, “We were born to leave a mark on the universe”, is simply wrong.

They met in 1989, when Jobs spoke at Stanford Business School, where Lauren was studying after a stint at Goldman Sachs. Two years later, they married in Yosemite National Park. After the ceremony, they hiked in the snow. Jobs, who resigned from Apple a few years ago, now runs NeXT. But over the next 20 years, he returned to Apple, launching the iMac, iPod, iPhone and iPad.

While Jobs was busy upsetting the personal technology industry, Lauren founded College Track, which helped poor young people get into college, and Emerson Collective, an umbrella for her charitable and business interests.

After Jobs died of cancer in 2011, she disappeared from the public eye for several years. But more recently, Lauren, the world’s 35th-richest man with a fortune of about $27.5 billion, has begun to exert her influence.

She bought Pop-Up Magazine and has large stakes in Atlantic magazine and MonumentAl Sports. She is also working with Arne Duncan, the former education secretary, to reduce gun violence in Chicago. At this year’s Sundance Film Festival, a new documentary studio supported by Lauren caused a stir.

This is a different concern, but it reflects her belief that issues such as poverty, education, personal health and environmental justice are interrelated.

“When you pull a line, you get the whole tapestries,” she said. When you work in the social sphere, if you focus on one thing, you can’t actually make any lasting progress. “

Now, Lauren, 56, is acting with a sense of urgency. She believes that President Trump’s statements and policies have unleashed dark forces that are tearing apart the fabric of society.

“The ability of Americans to talk and listen to each other has declined significantly,” she said. In the past three years, things have gotten worse. “

Last year, she said Trump’s attacks on the media were “entirely from the dictator’s script” and delivered a speech defending independent journalism.

As someone familiar with the structural inequalities of society, Lauren realized her great privileges. She’s a Silicon Valley billionaire who has hit back at wealthy White House residents. The fact that such wealth exists while others are struggling to survive is itself unfair to her.

“It’s not right and unfair that individuals accumulate huge amounts of wealth equivalent to millions of other people combined,” she said. “

Still, Lauren is not personally apologetic. “I inherited my wealth from my husband, and he doesn’t care about the accumulation of wealth, ” he said. I do this in honor of his work, and I have devoted my life to the effective distribution of these assets to the best of my ability to advance the status of individuals and communities in a sustainable manner. “

She added: “I’m not interested in building heritage wealth, and my children know it.” Steve isn’t interested in it. If I live long enough, it will all end with me. “

Here’s a summary of the interview:

Q: What was your childhood like?

Lauren: I grew up on a small lake in northwest New Jersey. Behind my house there is a five-mile stretch of real estate, full of trees and some big stones. In winter, the lake freezes, we can skate, we can swim in summer, we can sail by boat. We had a canoe and I learned the basics of sailing.

The natural environment has a great influence on me. My mother felt strongly that the children needed to go outside to breathe the fresh air. If I wanted to sneak in and read, she would grab me, lock up my book and force me out. Just outdoors, surrounded by nature, occupies a large part of childhood.

Q: How do you pass the time when you’re not outside?

Lauren: I’m an early reader. In the first grade, my teacher took me to the library, which is the key to my learning the text. What I learned from books, my adventures anywhere outside a small town in New Jersey, gave me a complete sense of the world and what was happening, and it gave me an idea of the future.

School is a happy place for me. I ended up in a good university, even though I wasn’t particularly good at high school. But there is a library, every place I’ve been in my life, the library is the most happy place I feel.

Q: I know your father, a military pilot, died in a plane crash. What effect did it have for the family to lose him so early?

Lauren: My father died the day before his 31st birthday, when I was 3 years old. My mother remarried, so we grew up in a “mixed family”. My stepfather was a high school counselor, and my mother worked as a substitute teacher for a long time.

Losing a parent in an accident is a huge thing. All of us, me and my brothers and sisters, have known this vagaries from an early age. It’s hard for a child to understand, but it’s the greatest blessing of my life, and I deeply understand the temporary nature of our existence and the fragility of everything we witness. Having this moment is a very real and profound thing.

Q: What was your first job?

Lauren: If we want money to do anything, we have to make our own money. My brothers all had a reported experience, and I inherited one of them when I was very young. Then I tried everything my kids could do and got paid for it. On snowy days, we shovel people’s driveways. I’m still a babysitter, a lifeguard, a swimming instructor. When I was 16, I was a waitress and then a waitress. Then, in order to go to college, I had to take advantage of all the sources of income I could find, including loans, scholarships, hard work and more waiter work.

Q: How did you initially participate in social welfare issues?

Lauren: When I moved from New York to California, I lived in Palo Alto, next door to East Palo Alto. There is a situation where the income of one community on one side is very low and completely different from that on the other. We know that this “dicon” exists in American cities, as is the case in Palo Alto and East Palo Alto. The air quality in East Palo Alto is worse than anywhere else around it, and the land is polluted. For years, many Silicon Valley manufacturers have used it as their dump, with arsenic in the groundwater.

I’m completely captivated by the idea that the community, two miles from my home, has no chance because of poor design and bad information flowing in. This is a structural deficit, which actually needs to be restructured. Ross Perot has one line: “Never forget that today there is a child on the streets of Calcutta, he is dying, he is much smarter than you.” “

Q: This is your story, but what influence does Steve have on what you think about these issues?

Lauren: I can talk about him for hours. I knew Steve when I was 25. We’ve been together for 22 years since the day we met. So he influenced everything. I grew up with him. Like anyone you live with, there is an exchange during this period. We have a very beautiful and rich connection. We talked a lot, we talked for hours every day. I’ve got too much into him.

One of the profound lessons I have learned from him is that we do not have to accept that the world in which we were born is fixed and impervicable. When you zoom in, it’s just an atom like us. They’re moving all the time. Through the energy and power of willpower, intention, and focus, we can actually change it.

People like to quote him, for example, “We were born to leave our mark on the universe”, but people understand that it is too rash, too careless. He said this, meaning that “each of us has the ability to change the environment.” “And my understanding is to observe and change the design of the structures and systems that govern our society. Because of these structures, when they are reasonably designed, they should be smooth for people and do not require much correction. It took me a while to understand that it was really possible. This is at the heart of everything we do at Emerson Collective. We all believe that it is indeed possible.

Q: Today, dissident Americans don’t seem to talk to each other. How do you think the problem should be solved?

Lauren: Look for an opportunity to have a conversation. It usually starts with our own family. In my own family, there are Trump supporters. I know I’m going to be with them over Christmas, I actually want to get involved, I want to understand, I want to be able to express my differences without being annoying. I hope to find areas where we can agree.

Q: What’s the result?

Lauren: We’ve found a lot of areas to agree on. We can agree on freedom and dignity, freedom and justice, the core values of the United States. We can talk about what that means when we demonize those who come here, like all those who have relationships with us. What do we mean, we want to shut them out? Can we look at our own desire to close the door? It is not the first time that demonization has been used as a political ploy. Once people remember that, you can start to look at Trump’s remarks in a different way.

What I find really deeply disturbing is the extent of hate speech and hate crimes that are taking place in primary and secondary schools. It started three years ago, it’s painful. The children were listening to what the grown man was saying, which gave them a repeat permission. This is our nature. We know that. It’s not a mystery. Therefore, it is a very painful time to give the dark side of our nature the opportunity to spread.

Q: To what extent has the growing resistance to big charities and billionaires affected your work?

Lauren: I think a lot. It is unreasonable that the vast wealth accumulated by individuals is equivalent to the sum of millions of others. There is nothing fair about this. We all saw this in the Rockefeller, Carnegie, Mellon and Ford families at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. The accumulation of such wealth is dangerous to a society. That shouldn’t be the case. (Li Ming)