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Laurene Powell Jobs          

Founder & Chair of Emerson Collective Foundation; President of the Board at College Track; Widow & Heir of Steve Jobs

Laurene Powell Jobs inherited her fortune--mostly through shares of Walt Disney and Apple-from her late husband, Apple cofounder Steve Jobs, who died in 2011. Powell Jobs is the founder and president of the Emerson Collective, an impact investing, philanthropy and advocacy firm focused on environmental justice, health, immigration and education.

Powell Jobs purchased The Atlantic in 2017 and has invested in other media outlets and nonprofit newsrooms, including Axios, ProPublica, The Athletic and the Committee to Protect Journalists.

In 2021 she launched the Waverley Street Foundation and committed to donate $3 billion over a decade to organizations addressing climate change through innovative solutions and environmental justice.


How Laurene Powell Jobs Is Reimagining the Future of Education
Laurene Powell Jobs is using her considerable fortune to help fundamentally rethink the American high school. Robert Sullivan meets a philanthropy power player. It’s a short drive from the well-known Palo Alto to the less well-known one—a trip Laurene Powell Jobs has been making for more than 20 years. “It won’t take long,” she tells me as she pulls her Tesla away from her education-reform organization, Emerson Collective. She named it for the famous Transcendentalist, in large part because she has a thing for the Transcendentalists, Ralph Waldo Emerson in particular. “So there’s Emerson’s idea of self-reliance,” she says as we turn onto University Drive, heading north. Self-reliance is a big theme for her, given how she grew up, in rural New Jersey; given how far she’s come. “I’ve always had this idea that you have to make the most of things,” she says. “And then collective because I wanted the idea that you achieve your goals with people, because good ideas come from a lot of places.”
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Steve Jobs widow, Laurene Powell Jobs, is emerging as a education philanthropist and immigration reform campaigner. Since her husband, Steve Jobs, passed ...
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Laurene Powell Jobs has carefully entered the public sphere, pushing her agenda in education as well as global conservation, nutrition and immigration policy.

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