4:14 pm February 9, 2012, by Christopher Seward
The FBI kept a file on Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, according to documents obtained by The Wall Street Journal.
The 191-page backgrounder was gathered in 1991 at the behest of President George H.W. Bush, who was considering Jobs for a seat on the President’s Export Council.
Jobs, 56, died last October of pancreatic cancer after stepping down from Apple. The FBI file corroborates revelations that appear in Walter Isaacson’s biography of the man behind the iPhone, iPad, iPod and Mac computers.
The FBI spoke with many of Jobs’ friends and associates, who “describe him as profoundly talented, creative and hardworking. But his many faults are also acknowledged including the fact that he neglected his daughter for the first several years of her life and that his management techniques were considered by many to be abusive.”
The identities of those interviewed were not disclosed. One person who identified himself as a former good friend said Jobs was “honest and trustworthy” but also a “very complex individual” who alienated a large number of people at Apple.
The FBI also asked those interviewed about drug use, which Jobs acknowledged when he was younger. Most told the agency they didn’t believe he used drugs in later years.
The Journal obtained the FBI file under the Freedom of Information Act.
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