Laurene Powell Jobs

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Laurene Powell Jobs
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Laurene Powell

(1963-11-06) November 6, 1963 (age 56)
EducationUniversity of Pennsylvania (BA, BS)
Stanford University (MBA)
Net worthIncreaseUS$21.6 billion (October 2019)[1]
Political partyIndependent
Steve Jobs
(m. 1991; died 2011)
RelativesMona Simpson (sister-in-law)
Lisa Brennan-Jobs (step-daughter)

Laurene Powell Jobs (born November 6, 1963)[2][3] is an American businesswoman, executive and the founder of Emerson Collective, a social impact organization that, among other investing and philanthropic activities, advocates for policies concerning education and immigration reform, social justice and environmental conservation.[4] She is also co-founder and president of the board of College Track, which prepares disadvantaged high school students for college.[4] Powell Jobs resides in Palo Alto, California, with her three children.[5] She is the widow and heir of Steve Jobs, co-founder and former CEO of Apple Inc. She manages the Laurene Powell Jobs Trust.[6][7]

Early life and career[edit]

Powell Jobs grew up in West Milford, New Jersey.[8] She earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania School of Arts and Sciences and a B.S. degree in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1985.[4][9][10] She received her M.B.A. degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1991.[4][10][11]

In October 1989, Steve Jobs gave a "View from the Top" lecture at Stanford Business School. Laurene Powell was a new MBA student and sneaked to the front of the lecture and started up a conversation with Jobs, who was seated next to her. They ended up having dinner together that night.[citation needed] A year and a half later on March 18, 1991, they married in a ceremony at the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park.[12] Presiding over the wedding was Kōbun Chino Otogawa, a Zen Buddhist monk.[12][13] Their son, Reed, was born September 1991, followed by daughters Erin in 1995 and Eve in 1998. Laurene is also the stepmother of Lisa Brennan-Jobs, Steve's daughter from a previous relationship, who was born in 1978.

Powell Jobs co-founded Terravera, a natural foods company that sold to retailers throughout Northern California.[4][5] She also served on the board of directors of Achieva, which created online tools to help students study more effectively at standardized testing.[5] Before business school, Powell Jobs worked for Merrill Lynch Asset Management and spent three years at Goldman Sachs as a fixed-income trading strategist.[4][5]

On October 3, 2017, reports indicated Powell Jobs had purchased a stake in the ownership group Monumental Sports & Entertainment that includes the NBA's Washington Wizards, NHL's Washington Capitals, and Capital One Arena. Her approximately twenty percent stake makes her the second largest shareholder behind chairman Ted Leonsis.[14][15]

Steve Jobs' death[edit]

On October 5, 2011, at the age of 56, Steve Jobs, the CEO of Apple, died due to complications from a relapse of his previously treated islet-cell neuroendocrine pancreatic cancer.[16][17] Powell Jobs inherited the Steven P. Jobs Trust, which as of May 2013 had a 7.3% stake in The Walt Disney Company worth approximately $11.1 billion, and 38.5 million shares of Apple Inc.[7][8][10] As of 2018, Powell Jobs and her family are ranked 40th in the Forbes' annual list of the world's billionaires.[18] According to the same list, she is the richest woman in the technology industry.


In 1997, Powell Jobs and Carlos Watson co-founded College Track, a nonprofit organization in East Palo Alto to improve high school graduation, college enrollment, and college graduation rates for "underserved" students.[19][20][21][22] Of College Track's high school graduates, many of whom are first-generation college students, approximately 90 percent attend four-year colleges and 70 percent finish college in six years, whereas the national average for first-generation college students is 24 percent.[21] College Track has facilities in East Palo Alto, Sacramento, San Francisco, Oakland, Watts, Boyle Heights, New Orleans, Aurora, Colorado, Denver, and the Washington, D.C., area.[20][21][23][24] "We have a wait list of five cities where we'd like to open up centers," Powell Jobs has said. "We want to keep our standards high, though, and are reluctant to grow through franchising or through dissemination of our curriculum and training."[21]

In 2004, Powell Jobs founded the Emerson Collective, an organization that supports social entrepreneurs and organizations working in education and immigration reform, social justice, media and journalism and conservation through partnerships, grants and investments.[4][25]

As of 2018, Powell Jobs sits on the board of directors of College Track, Conservation International, and Stanford University.[4][10][26] She is chair of the board of directors of XQ[27] and also sits on the chairman's advisory board of the Council on Foreign Relations.[4][26] In 2014, she was ranked as the 29th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes. Her ranking rose from #39 in 2013.[28]

In September 2015, Powell Jobs launched a $50 million project to create high schools with new approaches to education. Called XQ: The Super School Project, the initiative aims to inspire teams of educators, students, and community leaders to create and implement new plans for high schools. Efforts include altering school schedules, curriculums and technologies in order to replace the country's century-old high school education model. Funding for XQ comes from Powell Jobs' Emerson Collective. Following an initial $50 million financial contribution,[29][30] XQ announced an additional contribution, awarding ten schools $10 million each, for a total financial contribution of $100 million.[31][32][33] The schools were chosen from approximately 700 submissions nationwide.[34][35] Powell Jobs' team of advisors is led by Russlynn H. Ali.[29][30]

Powell Jobs is a founding member of the Climate Leadership Council.[36]


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  30. ^ a b Monica Scott (November 16, 2015). "How Grand Rapids could get $10M for Museum School". Michigan Live. Retrieved December 29, 2015.
  31. ^ Katie Reilly (September 15, 2016). "These 10 Ideas Are Each Getting $10 Million to Change High School". Time.
  32. ^ Greg Toppo (September 16, 2016). "$100M from Laurene Powell Jobs to remake schools for high tech age". USA Today.
  33. ^ Elizabeth A. Harris. "$100 Million Awarded in Contest to Rethink U.S. High Schools".
  34. ^ "Ten U.S. "Super Schools" awarded $10M each for reimagining education". CBS News. September 15, 2016.
  35. ^ Saranac Hale Spencer (September 15, 2016). "Delaware school's $10 million innovation". Delaware Online.
  36. ^ "Founding Members | Climate Leadership Council". Climate Leadership Council. Retrieved September 12, 2017.

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