As a woman worth 11 billion dollars at the last estimate, it seems that Lauren Powell Jobs, the widow of famed Apple CEO Steve Jobs, is someone who can do almost exactly as she pleases in the world. What she has chosen to do, it seems, is to improve the world through activity in both the philanthropic sphere and in the world of politics. She has stepped out from obscurity to become an advocate for education reform, and she has shown no signs of slowing down yet.
For Jobs, her skill and aptitude for finance and what it could do seems to have started early. She grew up in New Jersey, and she went on to pursue a bachelor’s degree at the University of Pennsylvania. After that, she spent time as a fixed-income trading specialist, and after that, she went on to work for Merrill Lynch Asset Management.
Those skills have served her well as she ventured into the philanthropic world. One of her most successful ventures has been College Track, which is devoted to giving minority and lower-income students the boost they need to make the transition from high school to a college education. Her expertise has also helped her found the Emerson Collective, which seeks to form partnerships with people who are looking to forward education reform.
On top of that, Jobs has also taken a firm stance on politics, something that was routinely shunned by her late husband. She is the top donor for the super PAC Ready for Hillary, an organization dedicated to taking former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton all the way to the White House in 2016. Jobs has come out to speak about various policies of both parties, and this may indicate that she has an interest in running some year soon. She wears so many different hats, that I applaud Laurene for taking some time to herself on her yacht.
When it comes to Jobs’ trajectory, there is no end in sight, and when it comes to determining what role she will take on next, there are many possibilities. Thanks to her work in both the political and philanthropic arenas, she could be in a very good place to pursue either in a more dedicated way, providing not only funding but leadership. On the other hand, she may simply find that she wishes to continue as she is.