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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Steve Jobs, closet Ayn Rand devotee

Steve Jobs is one of the central heroes in our book I Am John Galt -- we trace his life and career as the real-world analog to Howard Roark, the heroe of Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead. But we never knew that Jobs was actually a Rand fan! He was, but his hero wasn't Roark -- it was Hank Reardon from Atlas Shrugged.

Here's a report based on a telephone interview with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak:
Despite times when Apple was in financial and structural turmoil, Wozniak believes Jobs’ speed of thought and endless drive helped the company move forward, believing that he may have adopted the ethos of the hard working, never failing Hank Reardon in Ayn Rand’s book Atlas Shrugged.

“Steve was very fast thinking and wanted to do things, I wanted to build things. I think Atlas Shrugged was one of his guides in life”

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