Steve Jobs 'Wanted To Be Seen As An Important Thinker' Reveals Apple Co-founder Steve Wozniak

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First Posted: 14/12/11 17:29 Updated: 14/12/11 17:32

Steve Jobs always wanted to be in charge and be seen as an important thinker, his Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak told Radio 4 this morning.

Ahead of tonight’s BBC Two documentary “Steve Jobs: Billion Dollar Hippy”, Wozniak revealed that as Apple’s success grew, so did Jobs’s conservative streak.

He told Evan Davis: “I was so close to Steve Jobs I could never really see the transition... maybe I didn’t understand but by then our roles in the company were so different we weren’t working together and I just wanted to be in engineering.

“I never wanted to run a company, I never wanted to run things, step on other people and Steve very clearly did and wanted to be that top executive and that really important thinker in the world

“I think he has got a lot of liberal counter culture thinking but then Apple does a lot of very conservative, we control of things, and you can’t… it has very little tolerance for something that… even if an engineer told a friend something and it got out… you’re fired!”

Wozniak also reveals how Jobs once reduced him to tears, after tricking him into writing code for a computer game for Atari but pocketing the majority of the cash for himself, the Telegraph reported.

Tonight’s documentary charts Jobs’s beginnings as a long-haired college drop-out to his meteoric rise to the helm of the now iconic Apple brand.

It also features interviews with former Apple CEO John Sculley, Stephen Fry and world wide web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee.

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