Pixar founder, Disney board member Steve Jobs dies at 56
Written by Robert Niles
Everyone knows Steve Jobs as the former head of Apple, but theme park fans should also note that in 1986 Jobs bought the computer graphics division of Lucasfilm from George Lucas and turned it into a company called Pixar.Tweet
He bought the division for $10 million. Twenty years later, in 2006, Disney acquired Pixar for $7.4 billion. Jobs served on the Disney board after the acquisition of Pixar, and Pixar's lead creative force - John Lasseter - today holds the title of chief creative officer for The Walt Disney Company and principal creative advisor for Walt Disney Imagineering, making Lasseter one of the most important creative forces in theme parks today.
Frankly, I suspect Disney wouldn't be nearly as successful and influential as it is today if it weren't for Lasseter, Pixar... and Steve Jobs.
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