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Key Player: Steve Jobs

Chairman/CEO, Pixar Animation Studios

Exec Trivia: Jobs engineered the creation of Pixar by purchasing the Lucasfilm graphics’ unit (44 employees) whole for $10-million in 1986.

The Basics: Jobs, of course, was co-founder of Apple Computer, with Steve Wozniak, in 1977. He got himself kicked out of the company, but returned in 1997 to help Apple rejuvenate its then-flagging fortunes. He currently continues as Apple’s CEO. Less publicized is his role building Pixar into a computer-animation powerhouse that now gets co-billing with Disney on films. Jobs helped negotiate the original, exclusive, five-picture deal with Disney in 1995, and he’s currently negotiating the future of that relationship with Michael Eisner.

Rep: Known for being almost maniacally driven and difficult to deal with at times, Jobs nevertheless fathered two sure winners with Apple and Pixar, and continues to play major roles with both. He’s reportedly playing hardball with Eisner regarding the future of the Pixar deal.

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