Who is he?
Now Late, Jobs was the CEO of Apple computer. He is most noted as the visionary behind the iPod amongst many other innovative products. Read the post for my take on him.
My take: Although people emphasize that he was not a coder or an engineer, which makes him look bad like he was a leech, what people do not see is how much of a visionary Jobs really was.
An iPhone is a beautiful device and the original vision was due to Jobs. Before the iPhone was the iPod which was a really desirable product because of the design and the sheer amount of songs it could store at the time.
What I learned from Jobs is that vision is as important as raw technology in building a product. If you don't have a vision of the kind of thing you want to create, then technology is just tech. To be a visionary you must have the capability of picturing a better world, a world where your product exists, and then you must synchronize all the tech needed to build that product.
A high visionary will even go as far as inventing bits of the technology that are not currently available. I cannot say for sure if Jobs was such a high visionary but he really was a good one.
The difference between a visionary like Jobs and a regular tech CEO is that, while many other tech CEOs blindly trudge the path of innovation, copying what works in other places and building me-too products, Jobs saw a vision of how he wanted the world to be and then created that vision. As a side effect, this visionary process led to solving some problems like music piracy with iTunes.