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Disney lawyer advised on keeping Steve Jobs’ secret

23rd March 2015

As the biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is set to be released in the coming days, it has emerged that Walt Disney’s CEO Bob Iger knew of Jobs’ cancer prior to the company buying the Apple tycoon’s Pixar studio in 2006.

Following the advice of Alan Braverman, who holds one of the most prestigious senior in-house lawyer jobs in the world as Disney’s Senior Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Iger went ahead with the acquisition decision despite learning of Jobs’ returning cancer half an hour before the deal was set to be announced. The book quotes Iger quoting Jobs, as reported in this article, “they tell me I've got a fifty-fifty chance of living five years.”

The book, Becoming Steve Jobs by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli, is due to go on sale tomorrow and will show a personal insight into the life and times of the great Apple mastermind with revelations akin to this high-profile Pixar deal. This news just shows the impression and loyalty Jobs instilled in such important executives, with Iger going on to keep Jobs’ secret despite regulators calling for more disclosure at the time.

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