- Lisa Brennan-Jobs’ upcoming memoir, “Small Fry,” describes her relationship with her father, Apple founder Steve Jobs.
- Brennan-Jobs received an inheritance after her father’s death, but his $US20 billion fortune is controlled by Laurene Powell Jobs.
- In an interview with The New York Times, Brennan-Jobs said she would donate Jobs’ billions to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation if she could.
Though Lisa Brennan-Jobs received millions of dollars in inheritance money after her father died, she does not have control over the allocation of the Apple founder’s $US20 billion in assets – that would be her stepmother, Laurene Powell Jobs.
The statement may seem surprising in light of Apple’s longstanding rivalry with Bill Gates’ Microsoft. But Brennan-Jobs said she was impressed with the Gates Foundation, which has spent billions to fund work in education, emergency relief, and global health, among other issues.
“Would it be too perverse?” she told The Times. “I feel like the Gates Foundation is really doing good stuff, and I think I would just hot potato it away.”
Brennan-Jobs intended her memoir to be a nuanced depiction of her family, though she fears readers will focus too much on the moments Jobs was vicious to her, according to The Times. Some details in the book paint a damning picture, including anecdotes about Jobs refusing to install heat in Brennan-Jobs’ bedroom, forgetting her birthday, and saying she smelled “like a toilet.”
Powell Jobs, her children, and Jobs’ sister told The Times that Brennan-Jobs’ book “differs dramatically” from their memories of the Apple founder.
In his will, Jobs left his fortune to Powell Jobs, who runs the philanthropic organisation Emerson Collective. Over the past few years, Emerson has purchased a majority stake in The Atlantic, received a $US10 million donation from the Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant to expand the College Track program (which supports students through college), and committed $US50 million to her XQ project for rethinking high schools.
Powell Jobs also bought the second-largest stake in a holding company that owns the NBA’s Washington Wizards, the NHL’s Washington Capitals, and more.
Emerson was set up as a limited liability company, meaning it is not required to reveal details about its spending and assets. The Gates Foundation’s setup, meanwhile, entails detailed annual reports and greater transparency in spending.
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