Steve Wozniak still gets a paycheck from Apple every week

Shawn Knight

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During a recent interview on Guy Kawasaki’s Remarkable People podcast, Woz reiterated the fact that he was never taken off Apple’s payroll. The co-founder said he is the only person that has received a paycheck every week since they started the company. After taxes are taken out, Woz said he receives about $50 from Apple each week.

It’s a small amount, Woz concedes, but it’s “out of loyalty.”

If Apple feels so strongly about Woz that they continue to pay him to this very day, why doesn’t he just go back to work for the company?

“The thing is, I can’t really be inside operations because I’m just too outspoken and honest, and I don’t want to give that up,” Woz said.

Woz also talks in depth about fellow co-founder Steve Jobs and how it was his opinion that Jobs’ personality changed when the company started to make serious money. “He got kind of strict and he wanted to make sure the world got a message that all the computer thinking came from him, from his head, and his thinking,” Woz said.

Kawasaki’s full 51-minute interview with Wozniak is available to listen to as of writing. There’s also a full transcript of the podcast episode over on Kawasaki’s website if you’d rather read through the interview.

Masthead credit: Steve Wozniak by Anton Gvozdikov

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Uncle Al

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What he didn't say now but said it quite loudly at a number of Appleventions back in Cincinnati was that Jobs was an A-Hole and Woz didn't leave the company, he was forced out because Jobs didn't like the fact that Steve was such a dominant force. His concept of the Mac was it would have an open lid like the ][e so owners could play around with the inside. Jobs wanted owners to have to pay for every little thing and only allow Apple to control all those goodies. I would love to see him write an honest, tell all book .....
 

JB3543

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Well, is fat old Steve actually earning his money? Or is he simply coasting on his reputation? Because if someone is being paid, I expect they are worth something. And not just a fat old guy collecting pay.
 

Polycount

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Well, is fat old Steve actually earning his money? Or is he simply coasting on his reputation? Because if someone is being paid, I expect they are worth something. And not just a fat old guy collecting pay.
It's such a small sum that I'd say his role in Apple's success is enough for him to earn that pay for the rest of his life.
 

Lionvibez

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My Favorite line in this story is his quote

“The thing is, I can’t really be inside operations because I’m just too outspoken and honest, and I don’t want to give that up,” Woz said.

So that would indicate the corporate culture in apple wants people that are Soft spoken and dishonest to keep pulling the line.

However I think that applies to most large corps.