When Steve Jobs made Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak cry

Thursday, 15 December 2011 - 6:32pm IST | Place: London
Jobs cleverly kept most of the money paid to them for a computer code deal.

A new documentary about Apple's visionary co-founder Steve Jobs has revealed that he reduced his business partner Steve Wozniak to tears by cleverly keeping most of the money paid to them for a computer code deal.

Wozniak told Evan Davis, who presents BBC Two documentary Steve Jobs: Billion Dollar Hippy, Steve Jobs had always wanted to run people and be seen as an important thinker, and developed a conservative streak as Apple's success grew.

"I was so close to Steve Jobs I could never really see the transition," Wozniak said.

"I just wanted to be in engineering only, I never wanted to run a company, never wanted to run things, step on other people, Steve very clearly did, and wanted to be a top executive and a really important thinker in the world," he added.

According to the Telegraph, the comments align with the ruthless image of Jobs presented in the TV documentary.

Jobs, for instance, tricked a young Wozniak into writing code for a computer game, but pocketed the majority of the payment for the project from Atari himself.

Wozniak admitted on the programme that he cried when he heard about Jobs's scam following the release of a book on Jobs.

"He was always focused on 'if you can build things and sell them you can have a company' and 'the way you make money and importance in the world is with companies. He wanted to be one of those important people in the world." Wozniak added.

According to the report, in a recent interview with Radio4, Wozniak also acknowledged a lack of tolerance in the Apple culture.

"Apple does a lot of conservative things, we control things - and has very little tolerance...Even if an engineer told a friend something and it got out... you're fired!" he said.

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