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The dark truth about Steve Jobs

entertainment Updated: Aug 27, 2011 14:50 IST

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Steve Jobs, founder and visionary of Apple, might be an enthusiastic tech genius but his personal life shows the darker side of his character.

Jobs, who is thought to be worth more than $5 billion, has tried to put a metaphorical black sheet over his private life, and his harder side carries his image as the chilled-out Zen Buddhist.

However, though Zen Buddhism talks about anti-materialism, Jobs ran the vast company, treated staff badly, refused to acknowledge the paternity of his child and gave little of the company’s money to charity.

“He’s a mass of contradictions,” the Daily Mail quoted his biographer, Leander Kahney, as saying.

“He’s a Buddhist and they’re supposed to be anti-materialist. And yet he runs this vast company,” he said.

The 56-year-old, who is stepping down as the chief executive of one of the world’s most prized and influential companies, has for decades kept his private life out of the limelight.

One biographer even described him as the “Jackie Kennedy Onassis of business and technology — a figure who is ubiquitous as a symbol of his times, but little known as a human being”.

His personal turmoil from the early stage when his biological parents renounced him might be the basis of all the anguish that lurks within him deep down.