Who will be Jobs' Successor?

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by pc_convert?, Jan 29, 2002.

  1. pc_convert? macrumors regular

    Jan 18, 2002
    I'm been thinking recently about who should replace Steve Jobs when he eventually leaves Apple (hopefully not for a long time).

    The trouble is I can't think of anyone who would could come close to replacing him.

    Steve's vision for what Apple is about has consistently driven Apple in 'the right direction', (would it be fair to say Steve is Apple?) but what will happen to this vision when he leaves, and who would make a good replacement?
  2. sahil macrumors newbie

    Oct 17, 2001
    Bartltt..small place in IL
    you are rite that it will be hard for anyone to replace Mr. S. Jobs...but what u arent taking into account is that whoever does replace him won't be a veteran in silicon valley (they tried that numerous times and it did not work any of the times) but it will be a man/woman who was born, lives and breathes apple, I can only hope that Steve Jobs will not leave without findign the successor that is rite for everyone...
  3. Six macrumors regular

    Jan 6, 2002
    Cedar Rapids, Iowa
    no one can replace steve-o... someone will someday have to take over his job, but i hope its not for a really really really long time... Maybe someone at Apple whos already up there?

    Jonathan Ives maybe? Isnt he the head of the hardware design? He'd prolly make sure that Apple stays up with style...

    Or Phil Shiller? Isnt he a big guy in Apples marketing? He'd try different marketing strategies..

    I'll do it! hehe, I dont take up much room, I dont eat a whole lot, I wouldnt ask for much money... Just a look at all the new stuff, and one of those planes that they gave Steve

    hehehe, Steve, if youre lurking through the posts, never leave Apple :D
  4. spuncan macrumors 6502

    Jul 18, 2001
    Sorry Six but no

    After reading all the Jobs biographies or Apple related books I could find I think I at least somewhat understand his mind set. And what you said seemed like a pretty wimpy plee. See Jobs is wity, rebelious, and well thought out all in one. I know a few people that fit his mindset some what. But no one that I know has the sticktuitiveness that he does. But that quality was gained by Jobs over his life of bussiness troubles and miracles. So eventually steve will retire or step down to a board member or the like after he finds some one who he beleives to be able to run apple with a passion but not to passionate.
  5. stylum macrumors member

    Jan 19, 2002
    “I’m either going to be CEO or
    chairman of the company forever. I turned Apple over to a bozo once.”
    When asked the same question in mid-1998, Jobs replied, “Several
    months ago, I woke up and decided that … I will do as best as I can
    for as long as I can and not worry about what other people think. My
    focus is on my family, Apple, and Pixar, in that order.”
    shareholders meeting on April 22, 1998
    A sample from Apple Confidential © 1999 Owen W. Linzmayer (OWL@Bigfoot.com)
  6. rekras macrumors regular

    Sep 3, 2001
  7. Beej macrumors 68020


    Jan 6, 2002
    Buffy's bedroom
    By the time Steve is ready to leave Apple (ie just before he dies), there will be a replacement.

    The Steve.

    Just like the Lisa was named after his daughter, the Steve will be named after the great man himself, but it won't be just any ordinary computer.

    The steve will run on a G-Steve processor, which emulates Steve's brain precisely, allowing him to rule Apple forever.

    The Steve will be housed in a Cube (because we all know how much Steve loves the Cube!)

    G-Steve processor
    128 GB STEVE RAM
    Nvidia SteveForce 12
    4 all purpose Steve ports
    Super fast wireless StevePort
    And Steve's image will appear on every wall of Cupertino HQ, so he can see all and participate in all events at Apple.

    And luckily, the Steve comes with variable speed fans, so they can be cranked to the max when something doesn't go right.

    :D What do you think?
  8. j763 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 25, 2001
    Champaign, IL, USA
    who'll lead apple after steve leaves??

    me - very unlikely but u never know...
  9. atomwork macrumors regular


    Jun 5, 2001
    Miami Beach
    someone will be there

    i'm sure that he will have one when his time is there. Apple is so attractive for great minds to work there and there must be a Steve Jobs JR. :) flooting around, undiscovered yet!
  10. dnelsongb macrumors member

    Jan 14, 2002
    Green Bay, Wisconsin
    The way Bill is funding apple education...

    Bill Gates will be SJ's Successor. Windows will run on Macs, and Pigs will fly out our arses. Dogs and Cats living together - mass hysteria.

    Find your religion and pray. May Steve remain immortal. Live forever to supply our tree's bounty of Apples for everyone. I wish we could all show up in Cuportino (sp?) and Steve would stand high upon a pedastal, have a single G5 box, pull it out and raise it above his head (music playing and and ora of bright light behind him) and he proclaims "this is the day of our salvation - G5's for everyone"

    He then gives this machine to a blind man in the front row, after receiving this gift he is given sight. He reaches in the box again and pulls out yet another and gives it to a lady in a wheel chair, she stands in excitement - now she walks. This goes on with amazement.

    Give me an Amen fellow mac brothers and sisters, we will all create in harmony, without device conflicts or microsoft patches to apply. No blue screens of death or IIS security issues to fret upon.

    Sorry I got carried away. I just love Apple.
    I love you all.
  11. krossfyter macrumors 601


    Jan 13, 2002
    secret city
    my apple crystall ball is telling me that a man named TODD LUCAS will lead Apple after stevo is gone.
  12. TMay macrumors 68000

    Dec 24, 2001
    Carson City, NV
    Might be asking the wrong question

    If Steve is now the prototypical iCEO, then the question, for now, isn't who will or can replace him, but when will Steve sign on to run one of the entertainment companies.

    Look for him to find his place in the Entertainment industry (read Disney or Sony) in 2 years.

    BTW: I'm pretty sure that Carly Fiorina WON'T be a replacement.
  13. rustypixel macrumors newbie

    Jan 7, 2002
    Well, if there was ever an argument for cloning, this would be it. We could extract some of his DNA and ensure that we have Steve Jobs as head of Apple forever!
  14. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001

    *LOL* :D
  15. Doraemon macrumors 6502

    Aug 31, 2001
    Europe (EU)
    I don't like Phil Shiller. Hopefully, it'll be someone else, though I like the Steve-robot idea. ;)

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