Michael Wolff
Author & Columnist, Vanity Fair

Steve Jobs Is “An Incredible Weirdo”

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“I can't imagine why anyone would want to work for this guy,” says Michael Wolff of the Apple CEO.

Michael Wolff

Michael Wolff is a columnist for Vanity Fair and the founder of news aggregation site Newser.com. He is a two-time National Magazine Award winner, and his latest book, "The Man Who Owns the News," is a biography of News Corporation Chairman Rupert Murdoch. Wolff's work has been widely anthologized and appeared in numerous publications, including New York Magazine, where he was a long-time columnist. He has also been an entrepreneur involved with the start-up of several online businesses.

Question: What do you think of Steve Jobs? 

Michael Wolff: Well I think he's one of the more brilliant and interesting figures of our time.... I think also Steve Jobs is an incredible weirdo. I actually question whether he is altogether sane. He seems to be kind of a paranoid figure, certainly a mercurial figure. I can't imagine why anyone would want to work for this guy. And the fact that many, many people in the media business are now counting on him to save them seems dubious to me. But having said all that, I would still stand by... he is the most interesting and among the most brilliant figures, too. 

Question: Why do people think Jobs can save media? 

Michael Wolff: They think he can save the media business because they think he has a magic machine. They think he has a magic touch and think he has a magic machine. I think many people have come to think of his as, and he to some degree represents himself as the alternative to the cursed Internet, which has threatened to destroy the media business. 

Recorded on May 19, 2010
Interviewed by Jessica Liebman