Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has disdain for money and large wealth accumulation. In 2017 he said he didn’t want to be near money, because it could corrupt your values. When Apple went public, Wozniak offered $10 million of his stock to early Apple employees, something Jobs refused to do.

Steve Wozniak

Not to be confused with Steven Woznick.

Stephen Gary Wozniak (/ˈwɒzniæk/; born August 11, 1950),(p18)(p27) also known by his nickname “Woz”, is an American electronics engineer, programmer, philanthropist, and technology entrepreneur. In 1976, he co-founded Apple Inc. with business partner Steve Jobs, which later became the world’s largest information technology company by revenue and the largest company in the world by market capitalization. Through their work at Apple in the 1970s and 1980s, he and Jobs are widely recognized as two prominent pioneers of the personal computer revolution.

In 1975, Wozniak started developing the Apple I(p150) into the computer that launched Apple when he and Jobs first began marketing it the followin… Continue Reading (23 minute read)

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  1. Jpfields

    Met this guy once at a conference my company hosted several years back. Super awesome. Jovial. Didn’t think he was better than anyone else and genuinely interested in conversation and talking tech. His business card is metal with perforations using the negative space for the logo. Very cool.

  2. xanroeld

    I was gonna say something like “yeah right, give me a break, billionaire says he doesn’t like money,” but then I looked it up. Woz only has about 100mil USD, and while that’s still a staggering amount of money (more than I will ever see in my lifetime, I’m sure), that’s WAY less than he would have made if money had been his top priority. Co-founder of Apple? He absolutely could be in the same ball park as Bill Gates right now (120 billion), were that his main priority in life.

  3. ClancysLegendaryRed

    Is Wozniak about to go down for something? Why are there so many “wholesome Woz” posts lately?

  4. fusion_hahaha

    WOZ == everything you love about Silicon Valley

    Jobs == everything you hate about Silicon Valley

  5. Loinalot

    He once came into the movie theater I worked in and gave $100 to everyone working. It’s a small theater (Camera 7 in Campbell, CA) so it wasn’t a lot of people, but it was amazing to see him and receive the money.

  6. MitchHedberg

    Yeah but you gotta pay the bills. I may not care to be a billionaire but man I would love to have $50 mil and just know I never had to worry about money again.

  7. throwawayseatbelt2

    apparently he still got 120 mill but i get it bro, safety

  8. 3Gilligans

    When Apple was struggling with money, early employees were offered stock instead of a paycheck. Some people took the stock, some took the money instead. Fast forward to the company going public, those employees that took the stock became instant millionaires. Those that didn’t, didn’t. Woz felt bad for them, Jobs didn’t think they deserved it since they didn’t believe the company would be successful. Woz was very generous, Jobs held a grudge. I agree with both of them.

  9. GopCancelledXmas

    Funny how the people who didn’t do the work are most stingiest with sharing their money with the people who did.

  10. GhettoChemist

    I wonder what is considers “large wealth accumulation” because most of my meals involve canned meat. I could use a few millions to tide me over.

  11. LastOneSergeant

    Apple has made a lot of money for a small group of people by making a medium group of people feel slightly superior to a larger group people all using the same device.

  12. KarmaEqualizer

    Only someone with a lot of money has the luxury to disdain it.

  13. Procrastineddit

    WOZ was the biopic that should have been made, not Jobs.

  14. frostygrubz

    This is why to build a successful company you need the money hungry greedy bastards and people like this who are just there to build and work.

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