Yep. He was an innovator, a visionary and a fine engineer who designed excellent kit and made a massive contribution to the world of consumer electronics and almost single-handedly kick-started the modern online lifestyle.
And he was also a very shrewd and successful marketeer and businessman. His brand is now so powerful that owning his products is almost like a religion, and has managed to persuade millions to accept - and even love - a level of supplier lock-in that in any other situation would be considered totally outrageous.
Yes, a genius indeed; and a man that history will not quickly forget. It will be a struggle to find someone else to fill those shoes.
According to the bio I read he was born in the US to a middle-eastern father and an American girl, both young students, and because times were repressed back then he was given away at birth and adopted. Just goes to show that your past need not define your future.
There are two documentary movies that look to some of all those guys past. Bill gates, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Steve Ballmer and all the rest. The two movies are "Triumph of the Nerds" and "Pirates of Silicon Vally" (Not the Caribbean ). Both are on YouTube I guess.
I really liked "Triumph of the Nerds". It Details allot. Steve Jobs looked like a handsome actor back then.