Steve Jobs' Lifestyle: Favorites Included Cars, Sushi and Barefoot Walks

on October 07 2011 6:14 AM
Steve Jobs
The late Steve Jobs arrives at the 82nd Academy Awards in Hollywood, March 7, 2010. Jobs died Wednesday at the age of 56 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. REUTERS

The death of Apple's visionary Steve Jobs has turned the spotlight to the lesser-known facets of his personal life with his wife and  children.

Though Jobs was known to be an obsessive workaholic, the birth of his son Reed, followed by daughters Erin and Eve, changed his work-life balance.

Jobs said in a 2005 interview: That was one of the things that came out most clearly from this whole experience (with cancer). I realized that I love my life. I really do. I've got the greatest family in the world, and I've got my work. And that's pretty much all I do. I don't socialize much or go to conferences. I love my family, and I love running Apple, and I love Pixar. And I get to do that. I'm very lucky.

Larry Brilliant, the former director of Google's philanthropic arm, Google.org, who shared 35 years of friendship with Jobs, recalled the Apple wizard's love for his family: That's the part that people couldn't possibly know -- the love and the care that he put into everything he did. He just loved his family, Laurene and the kids. He loved them more than anyone could articulate. And he loved Apple, Brilliant said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times on Thursday.

The defining character of Steve Jobs isn't his genius, it isn't his talent, it isn't his success. It's his love. That's why crowds came to see him. You could feel that. It sounds ridiculous to talk about love when you are making a gadget. But Steve loved his work, he loved the products he produced, and it was palpable. He communicated that love through bits of steel and plastic, said Brilliant.

Jobs reportedly was a Democrat who shared a close connection with the Clintons. Former U.S. President Bill Clinton said Thursday he was deeply saddened in a condolence statement, adding that: Hillary and I will always be especially grateful for his personal kindness to us when Chelsea was at Stanford. Our thoughts and prayers are with Laurene and their children.

Jobs loved to experiment with unusual diets that usually included fasting. He was convinced that the energy burned during digestion hindered his sleepless nights at work. Jobs liked to eat fish, especially sushi, while he refrained from eating any other non-vegetarian food. He bought vegetables from the Palo Alto Whole Foods Market, where he was often seen walking barefoot.

The Apple co-founder's dressing style was discussed widely because he didn't seem to care to dress for the occasion. I don't give a --- what I look like, he once confided to friends. Apparently his blue jeans and mock turtleneck saved him some time in the morning, not having to decide what to wear.

Jobs also loved fast, powerful cars, which reportedly inspired him for designing his computers. He reportedly asked for the Macintosh design to be like a Porsche, and wanted the NeXT Cube to be the black Porsche of computers. Jobs owned a Mercedes, which he drove without a license plate for many years.

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