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Ive not planning to return to UK, report claims

updated 09:30 am EDT, Mon March 21, 2011

Somerset mansion 'standing empty'

Jonathan Ive is not preparing to leave the US to return to his native Britain, claims British tabloid the Daily Mail. The Times of London recently suggested that Ive, Apple's lead designer, was interested in having his children educated in the UK, to the point of possibly exercising stock options and/or leaving the company in order to make it happen. A 2008 stock grant was likened to "golden handcuffs," and Ive has allegedly been at "loggerheads" with Apple trying to come up with a new arrangement.

In a new profile of Ive, the Mail insists that it is false that he is planning to relocate to a mansion he owns in Somerset. The property is said to be "standing empty," and as backing evidence the Mail cites someone only identified as a former colleague. "I'm not sure there is any truth he wants to come back," the person is quoted as saying. "My last conversations with him were that he was planning to sell his house in the UK."

The Mail adds that Ive should receive some 15 million in Apple shares next year. The designer is considered extremely important to Apple's success, having designed core products like the iPod, iPad and iMac. The corporation may be willing to pay virtually any sum to keep him onboard, as he may be as important as CEO Steve Jobs, and too great a threat in the hands of another company.

by MacNN Staff





  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969


    No such Newspaper!

    There is no such thing as "The Times of London", the newspaper has simply been called "The Times" since 1788. The fact that some, for the purposes of disambiguation, may refer to it differently doesn't change the newspaper's name. In future, try something like "British newspaper, The Times..." if the need to differentiate it from some other publication is warranted.

  1. Inkling

    Joined: Dec 1969


    British culture, British children

    The US certainly has serious problems. But it's difficult to imagine why someone with sense would return to the UK for its cultural impact on his children. Even the Daily Mail ought to know that.

    The UK is in the midst of a cultural collapse. In a recent survey, Europeans disagreed about many issues, but one thing they all agreed on was that British sports hooligans were the most ill-behaved youth on the continent. The UK also has a serious problem with teen girls who're ill-tempered, drunken s****. Sadly, today's UK isn't the country it was a generation ago. I can't imagine Jonathan Ive wanting what today's UK offers his sons or daughters.

    Those who'd like to know more about this should check out books such as Theodore Dalrymple's Life at the Bottom. He's a former British prison psychiatrist whose talent has a perceptive social critic has been compared to that of George Orwell.

  1. Fuzzy Dunlop

    Joined: Dec 1969



    @Inkling - The problem with asserting a personal opinion like that is it make you sound like a racist troll...

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