>THE ADOPTED SON
Close to the parents who raised him, Jobs told Isaacson his birth parents were “my sperm and egg bank … nothing more.”
THE RABID FAN
He dated Joan Baez for three years in part, a friend says, because she had been Bob Dylan’s lover: “Steve loved that connection.”
Before deciding to marry Laurene Powell, he surveyed friends, asking if they thought she or his previous girlfriend was prettier.
Diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in ’03, he avoided surgery for months, trying juice fasts, bowel cleanses, even a psychic. “In the past he had been rewarded for … his assumption that he could will things to be as he wanted,” Isaacson writes. “But cancer does not work that way.”