The business genius was a late bloomer, having graduated from Homestead High School in Cupertino, Calif., with a 2.65 GPA. He admitted using marijuana and LSD while in college but appeared to have stopped using drugs at least five years before the report.
Those interviewed generally agreed that he was a strong business leader and would succeed in an appointment to Bush’s Export Council.
“They recommended him for a position of trust and responsibility,” according to the FBI files.
It would be five years until Apple bought NeXT and returned Steve Jobs to its fold, and six years until he would be appointed the company’s interim chief executive.
The dozens of interviews by FBI officials confirm the brash and stubborn style described in a biography of Jobs written by Walter Isaacson.
“Several individuals questioned Mr. Jobs’s honesty stating that Mr. Jobs will twist the truth and distort reality in order to achieve his goals,” according to the FBI file.
The files were made public after a Freedom of Information Act request by the Wall Street Journal. The file is heavily redacted and does not reveal who the agency spoke to for the interviews.
Apple and Jobs, both notorious for their secrecy, were not particularly helpful to FBI officials, who complained that Jobs’s secretary made them wait three weeks to interview him.
Despite interviewees saying that they did not personally like Jobs, many said that they would recommend him for a position in government.
One section said, “It was [redacted] opinion that honesty and integrity are not required qualities to hold such a position.”
The report also revealed the Jobs was the victim of a bomb threat in 1985.
According to a report included in the documents, an unnamed man called Apple from a public telephone, saying that “devices” had been placed at the homes of Jobs and others, and that a fourth device had been set up to explode if Apple called the authorities. The caller then demanded $1 million. Law enforcement officials swept the areas where the caller said he placed the bombs and found nothing. The investigation was eventually closed.
Apple declined to comment on the report.