Meet Ronald Wayne, a gambling man who is reminded every year on this day of what seems like a cruel April Fools joke, of how he could have been a billionaire if he had chosen to stick it out with Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.
Ronald Wayne, who has never owned an Apple product, recently purchased a Dell computer.
According to Wayne, Jobs asked for his help in drafting documents, creating the company’s first logo and an operating manual. For his contribution, Wayne was awarded a 10 percent stake in the company. And so, on April 1st, 1976, he became a founding member of Apple Inc.
Why did he leave? He was thousands of dollars in debt for a failing slot-machine manufacturing company, and was concerned history would repeat. “When you’re at a focal point of history, you don’t realize you’re at a focal point of history,” he said.
What is he doing now? “I’m living off my Social Security and I do a modest trade in collectors’ stamps and coins,” he said.
(story credit: CNN Tech)