Isaacson says, "Had he stayed on and kept his 10% stake, at the end of 2010 it would have been worth approximately $2.6 billion. Instead he was then living alone in a small home in Pahrump, Nevada, where he played the penny slot machines and lived off his social security check."
"I made the best decision for me at the time. Both of them [Jobs and Wozniak] were real whirlwinds, and I knew my stomach and it wasn't ready for such a ride," Wayne said, and it sounds like he was trying to cover up some deep regret. I wouldn't know how to live with myself if I made such a stupid move. Sounds horrific, right?
Not so much. Someone else, I believe by the name of Nolan Bushnell, was offered one-third of Apple's stock for only $50,000. This was even a good deal at the time, as at this point they were dealing with lots of money. He simply declined the offer, and later says something along the lines of "It's kind of fun to think about, when I'm not crying."
To be quite honest I'm a little bit surprised that these guys didn't commit suicide. If I declined either one of these billion dollar opportunities, I would probably look at every situation for the rest of my life and imagine where I would be had I made a different decision.
What do you think about this?
This post has been edited by AVReidy: 08 November 2011 - 03:10 PM