Steve Jobs had a lengthy FBI file on him that contained background checks when he was being considered for a position on President George H.W. Bush’s Export Council in 1991.
The FBI decided to release the file on Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, which contains some revealing information about his drug use.
Apart from the file containing information that he had experimented with drugs in the early 70’s, a large number of people who had been associated with Jobs in some capacity such as friends, co-workers, and employees were interviewed to comment on character and if he would be suitable for a political position..
One comment in the file read, “Several individuals commented concerning past drug use on the part of Mr. Jobs.” Jobs was said to have “experimented with marijuana, hashish and LSD” though it indicated that their was no proof of him using any drugs within 5 years prior to 1991.
There were other statements that made Jobs look like a person who alienated the people who worked for him. One employee who found himself “bitter and somewhat alienated,” said that Jobs alienated many of the Apple employees. But added, he is “basically honest and trustworthy”, that only his “moral character is suspect.”
However, the file concluded that, “Several individuals questioned Mr. Jobs’ honesty.” Adding, “stating that Jobs will twist the truth and distort reality in order to achieve his goals.”
Early on Jobs was considered a demanding perfectionist with a aggressive and demanding personality. In 1993 Jobs was selected for Fortune’s list of America’s Toughest Bosses. However, later in his career his persona lightened up.