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Steve Jobs Refused Potentially Life-Saving Surgery, Says Biographer

Apple CEO Steve Jobs refused a potentially life-saving surgery after finding out he had pancreatic cancer, according to biographer Walter Isaacson. Jobs later admitted he regretted the decision.


Rather than having the surgical procedure, Jobs tried alternative therapies, explaining he didn't want to have the operation because it was too invasive. Jobs ended up having the surgery nine months later. Isaacson, who will appear on "60 Minutes" on Sunday, said Steve initially attempted to treat the disease with various treatments, including "diet and a spiritualist."

Isaacson, who has been working on the biography since 2009, said while Jobs was receiving his secret cancer treatments, the CEO told others he was cured.

The author and close confidant added that Jobs later told him, "'I didn't want my body to be opened. I didn't want to be violated in that way.'"

Although Steve Jobs was a fiercely private man, turning away many well-wishers on his death bed, Isaacson was able to conduct numerous interviews with him -- some of them taped right before he passed.

Isaacson will reveal some of the most incredible stories from Steve's biography, including accidentally meeting his biological father (before Jobs knew who he was), his 50-50 odds of believing in God, and how he vowed to never let his wealth change him. The book, titled, "Steve Jobs: A Biography," will be published Monday, October 24 by Simon & Schuster.

Walter Isaacson was Chairman and CEO of CNN in 2001, and a former Managing Editor of TIME magazine.

The riveting interview will be broadcast on "60 Minutes" on Sunday, Oct. 23 at 7 PM ET/PT.

10 Interesting Facts About Steve Jobs

Born in San Francisco

Apple guru Steve Jobs was born in San Francisco and was adopted by Paul and Clara Jobs. The Jobs family later adopted a daughter, Patti.

Steve's Ethnic Background

Steve Jobs' biological father, Abdulfattah John Jandali, was of Syrian descent, and his biological mother, Joanne Schieble (later Simpson), was of German ancestry. Jandai is a political science professor and Schieble a language pathologist. Steve never met his biological dad — who had previously expressed a desire to see his genius son.

First Daughter, Lisa

Jobs' relationship with Bay Area painter Chrisann Brennan yielded his first daughter, Lisa Brennan-Jobs, born in 1978. Steve initially denied he was the father, claiming he was sterile. The Apple CEO later acknowledged Lisa as his daughter, even naming the Lisa computer (the "Apple III") after his first-born.

Brilliance Runs in the Family

Steve's biological sister, Mona Simpson, is the famous author who penned, "Anywhere But Here" — a novel about Simpson's relationship with her folks. Jobs, who looked for Mona in the '90s, did not meet his sibling until he was an adult. It was reported that Steve learned a lot about his biological parents through his sister.

Something's Fishy

The Apple chairman was a pescetarian, meaning, he did not eat meat, only fish. His diet also included eggs and dairy.

A Little Company Called Pixar

In 1986, Steve bought The Graphics Group (later renamed Pixar) from Lucasfilm's graphics division for $10 million. Jobs almost went broke with the giant purchase, after years of unsuccessfully trying to sell the Pixar Image Computer. The company struck gold when it partnered with Disney to produce some of the most memorable computer animated films, including "Toy Story," "Monsters," "A Bug's Life" and "Cars."


Steve was a Zen Buddhist and once thought about joining a monastery. Jobs' wedding to wife Laurene Powell was officiated by Zen Buddhist monk Kobun Chino Otogawa.

Charity Schmarity

When Jobs resumed control as Apple's CEO in 1997, he stopped all of its philanthropic programs, saying, "Wait until we are profitable." Even after rising to the top to become a $40-billion company, Apple still doesn't donate to charity.

Tough Boss

Fortune magazine once wrote that Jobs was "considered one of Silicon Valley's leading egomaniacs." The tough and demanding Apple boss was known for his aggressive personality and erratic management style. Jobs made Fortune's list of America's Toughest Bosses in 1993.


As the CEO of Apple, Steve earned $1 a year. However, he held on to 5 million Apple shares and 138 million shares in Disney. In 2010, Forbes estimated his net wealth to be $7 billion, making him one of the richest people in the world.