F.B.I. File on Steve Jobs Details Drug Use, Child Neglect, “Abusive” Leadership, “Questionable Ethics and Morality” and Embrace of Eastern Religion
Fulfilling a Wall Street Journal Freedom of Information Act request, the Federal Bureau of Investigation Thursday released a background check file on Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the FBI conducted an investigation of Jobs in 1991 because he was being considered for a presidential appointment by George H.W. Bush for a position on the President’s Export Council, a trade advisory group. Jobs received the job later that year.
The 191-page document contains interviews with friends and business associates. It describes Jobs, who died last October from cancer at the age of 56, as a highly talented, creative and hardworking man with an incredibly strong will to succeed.
Two people who knew Jobs said he was “strong willed, stubborn, hardworking and driven,” traits which helped him rise to great heights.
But another source had “questions concerning his ethics and morality,” a sentiment repeatedly noted in the report.
That same woman said she and Jobs “experimented with drugs” in the past. It is well know, and Jobs himself admitted, that he took LSD in the late 1960s and early ’70s, hardly unusual in those (or these) days.
The woman also described Jobs as “shallow and callous,” saying his success at Apple have conferred an “enormous amount of power” which “caused him to distort the truth at times to get his way.”
She still recommended him for the government job he ultimately received.
A man who called himself a former “good friend” of Jobs said he was “basically an honest and trustworthy person, he is a very complex individual and his moral character is suspect.” Jobs “alienated a large number of people at Apple as a result of his ambition,” the former friend said.
The report also noted that Jobs neglected his daughter for the first several years of her life and that his management techniques were often considered “abusive.”
Jobs’ pilgrimage to India and its resultant interest in Eastern religion are also noted. One interviewee said that Jobs “had undergone a change in philosophy by participating in eastern and/or Indian mysticism and religion. This change apparently influenced [Jobs’] personal life for the better,” leading to a “spartanlike and at times even monastic existence.”
To view the report in its original, yet redacted, state, click here.
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