updated 10/06/2011 AT 6:00 PM ET
•originally published 10/07/2011 AT 12:00 PM ET
As Steve Jobs tells the story, the phone call was made in the middle of the night.
An unwed couple had put their child up for adoption. They wanted their baby raised by college graduates, so they arranged for the child to go to a lawyer and his wife.
But at the last minute, the potential adoptive couple had a change of heart. They wanted a girl. So the birth parents went to the next names on the waiting list, and dialed the phone.
This time, the people on the other end of the line said yes.
That’s how Steve Jobs came to be adopted by working class Paul Jobs, a machinist, and wife Clara of San Francisco in the winter of 1955. The boy would grow up to become a technological visionary, immensely rich – worth an estimated $8.3 billion – powerful and admired.