Jobs, who passed away just last October after a prolonged battle with cancer, is best known for his role as Apple’s enigmatic co-founder. However, the FBI seems to have cast Jobs in a number of other roles, as well — some of them far from flattering.
The file, which we’ve embedded below, contains commentary on Jobs’ marijuana and LSD use, especially during the 1960s and 1970s, his ability to “distort reality,” and what the Bureau called his “questionable morality.” At least one interview stated that Jobs had “basically abandoned” his daughter and the girl’s mother, a onetime girlfriend of Jobs. Other sources testified that the tech visionary could be callous and shallow in his personal relationships.
Other sources quoted in the file describe Jobs as being a man of honest character and integrity and as not having any bias or prejudice on racial or religious grounds. One source countered comments on Jobs’ past drug use by stating that Jobs had reformed to become extremely health-conscious, rarely even drinking alcohol.
On more neutral ground, many comments paint a portrait familiar to followers of Jobs’ life and career: A stubborn, strong-willed, driven, and hardworking man who was most content when he got what he wanted out of any given situation or person.
The interviews used in the report were gathered while Jobs was being considered for an official government position as part of George H.W. Bush’s administration in 1991. At the time, Jobs was working at NeXT, a computer company he co-founded after being ousted from Apple.
The file also discusses a 1984 class action lawsuit against Apple and a 1985 bomb threat against Jobs himself.
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