Steve Jobs in Tinseltown

time line The Pixar and Apple CEO has been in the entertainment business in one way or another for two decades. Here's a chronology.

time line Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs has been in the entertainment business in one way or another for two decades. Here's a chronology of his Hollywood-related milestones.

February 1986
Jobs buys Pixar from George Lucas for $10 million.

Nov. 22, 1995
Pixar releases "Toy Story."

Nov. 29, 1995
Pixar goes public, offering 6.9 million shares at $22 apiece. The stock offering raises $140 million, outpacing Netscape Communications as biggest IPO of the year.

Sept. 16, 1997
Jobs is named interim CEO of Apple but retains top spot at Pixar.

Summer 1999
TNT debuts the movie "Pirates of Silicon Valley" in which Jobs' early days are portrayed on film, with the Apple chief played by ER's Noah Wyle.

Oct. 23, 2001
Apple introduces the first iPod .

April 11, 2003
Rumors swirl that Apple is in talks to acquire the music business of Vivendi Universal.

April 28, 2003
Apple opens the virtual doors on the iTunes Music Store.

Oct. 16, 2003
Apple expands its music store to Windows.

Jan. 29, 2004
Pixar announces it is ending talks with Disney to extend their five-picture deal.

Oct. 12, 2005
Apple unveils video-capable iPod and stocks iTunes store with thousands of music videos and a handful of TV shows from ABC and movie shorts from Pixar.

Jan. 24, 2006
Disney agrees to pay $7.4 billion in stock to acquire Pixar

Sources: Pixar Animation Studios, "Apple Confidential" by Owen Linzmayer, "The Second Coming of Steve Jobs" by Alan Deutschman.

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