On the October 2011 death of tech genius and Apple CEO Steve Jobs—his 48-year old wife of twenty years, Laurene Powell Jobs—became the richest woman in the Silicon Valley with a net worth of $9 billion.
Valuing education--she holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, a BSE in Economics from the Wharton School, and an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business--where she first met Steve as a new Stanford grad student when she arrived late to his Biz school talk. He asked her out to dinner and they married at the Ahwahnee Lodge in Yosemite in 1991. They lived in Palo Alto and raised three children.
Laurene Jobs co-founded Terravera, a natural foods company and focuses on social entrepreneurship in education, women’s rights, and the arts. She serves on numerous boards including for Achieva, maker of online tools to help students prepare and take tests. She’s President of the Board of College Track a nonprofit she co-founded with a mission of improving high school and college graduation rates for low-income students.
She is founder and chair of the Emerson Collective that aids underfunded public school students, and serves on the boards of the New America Foundation and Teach for America; the Global Fund for Women; KQED; New America Foundation; Stanford Schools Corporation; New Schools Venture Fund—and is also on the advisory board of Stanford Graduate School of Business. And as a Member of the White House Council for Community Solutions---she advises on helping communities nationwide to meet challenges related to education and job creation.
In Exponential Times We Are All Entrepreneurs~
Small businesses account for two-thirds of U.S. jobs and it’s critical that we out-educate our population to out-innovate, and out-compete in the future. Today, the U.S. has a $15 Trillion GPA that in 30-years is projected to grow to $30-Trillion. China’s GPA today is $6-Trillion that in 30-years will become $60-80 Trillion. Annually, they're educating more top level scientists, engineers, and innovators than America has kids.
We live in an age when a child born in India can come to the U.S. with his impoverished family, drop out of high school, and have a net worth of $400-Million before he's 30-years old.
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Everything is possible. Two decades ago Laurene Powell Jobs was a grad student. Today she is the 13th richest woman on earth.