On Thursday the FBI released a 191-page file of Steve Jobs that the agency assembled in 1991.
The file, released under the Freedom of Information Act, was compiled because Jobs was being considered for a presidential appointment under George Bush Sr. in 1991.
The FBI agents were asked to make sure that Jobs did not display any racial, religious prejudices or gender, that he didn’t abuse alcohol & drugs, & that he lived within his financial means.
For this purpose, lot of interviews were conducted with Jobs’ friends, ex-friends, employees, colleagues, and neighbors. The names of the agents and interviewees in the file have been redacted.
Some of the facts about Steve Jobs that came out from the document are as follows:
– Steve Jobs was being considered for a presidential appointment to the President’s Export Council of George H.W. Bush in 1991.
– When a FBI agent tried to meet with Mr. Jobs, his secretary said he would have to wait 3 weeks to see Jobs & might not get even a full hour of his time.
– Jobs got a GPA(Grade Point Average) of 2.65 on a 4.0 scale in high school.
– A bomb threat was made against Jobs & other Apple executives in 1985. The caller said that bombs had been placed in the homes of Jobs & others & demanded $1 million.
– One person who was interviewed by FBI described Jobs as “Strongwilled, stubborn, hardworking, & driven, which they believe is why he is so successful. And that Mr. Jobs possesses integrity as long as he gets his way; however they did not elaborate on this.”
– Several individuals commented concerning Steve Jobs’ using marijuana & LSD while in college but appeared to have stopped using drugs at least 5 years before the report.
– One person told FBI that, back in 1991, Steve Jobs already had “more money than he could spend in a lifetime”. Jobs’ main concern was how that wealth would be used after he was gone.
– Several individuals also questioned Mr. Steve Jobs’ honesty stating that Mr. Jobs will twist the truth & distort reality in order to achieve his goals.
They also commented that, in the past, Mr. Jobs was not supportive of [redacted] (the mother of his child born out of wedlock) & their daughter; however, recently has become supportive.
– Steve Jobs’ neighbors just loved him. Describing him as “quiet and unassuming” , “never caused any problems”, “seemed to be a nice enough person,”, etc.
– One of the neighbor said that they’d had Jobs over to dinner and that he was a vegetarian who neither smoked nor drank “and did a great deal of jogging.”
– Jobs also told agents that he could think of nothing that could be used to blackmail him, was not a member of the Communist Party & did not belong to any organization that “espoused the overthrow of the government.”
– One individual believed that Steve Jobs has what it takes to assume a high level political position within the government, which in his opinion, honesty & integrity are not prerequisites to assume such a position.
– As of March 1991, Jobs owned three properties:an apartment in New York City; a house in Palo, Alto, Calif; & a house in Woodside, Calif.
Read the full report here.