updated 12:30 pm EST, Wed March 5, 2008
Steve kept cancer a secret
Steve Jobs reportedly held on to the news about his pancreatic cancer for approximately nine months, before having corrective surgery and announcing the news to the world. According to CNN Money, Jobs attempted to solve the issue by maintaining a special diet, hoping to avoid surgery altogether. The news weighed heavily on Apple's board, which remained quiet at the advice of its lawyers.
Even after the tumor was removed, both Apple and Jobs remained quiet on details regarding how long he had been sick, or that he put off surgery based on his personal beliefs. When jobs had finally come forth with the surgery and sickness, Apple's stock only dropped by 2.4-percent. The stock might have suffered more, had everyone been aware of Jobs' condition, since he is largely viewed as irreplaceable.
" We all really care about Steve, and it was a serious risk for the company as well. It was a very emotional and very difficult time. This was one page in the adventure," said an anonymous source that was close to the situation.