Known to those in the computer industry simply as "Woz," California native Steve Wozniak co-founded Apple Computers in 1976. The sometime student of UC Berkley became a legend in the tech field for his innovative hardware design, as well as for designing most of Apple's software. After becoming a billionaire, Wozniak remained a leader in the computing industry and often appeared in the media as an expert in his field. He would later become an even more familiar face when he dated comedian Kathy Griffin and appeared on her reality series My Life on the D-List, and he later joined the cast of Dancing with the Stars.
Biography by Cammila Collar
- Co-founded Apple Computer Inc. with Steve Jobs in 1976; subsequently helped to create the personal computing industry with his Apple I and Apple II computers.
- Suffered from temporary amnesia after crashing his light aircraft on takeoff in 1981.
- Left Apple in 1985 to pursue other business and philanthropy ventures, such as increasing computer capabilities in public schools.
- Awarded the National Medal of Technology in 1985; inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame in 2000.
- Released his autobiography, iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon, in 2006.
- Partnered with professional dancer Karina Smirnoff for the eighth season of ABC's Dancing with the Stars.