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Ronald Wayne

Ronald Wayne
Ronald Wayne at Macworld 2009
Born Ronald Gerald Wayne
(1934-05-17) May 17, 1934
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.

Ronald Gerald Wayne (born May 17, 1934) is a retired American electronics industry worker. He co-founded Apple Computer (now Apple Inc.) with Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs, providing administrative oversight for the new venture. He soon, however, sold his share of the new company for $800 US dollars, and later accepted $1,500 to forfeit any claims against Apple.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
    • Apple 2.1
    • Post-Apple 2.2
  • Author 3
  • Documentaries 4
  • Personal life 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early life

Wayne was born in Cleveland, Ohio, United States on May 17, 1934.[1]



First Apple logo (April 1, 1976, prototype)

Wayne worked with Steve Jobs at [4]

Wayne received a 10% stake in Apple but relinquished his equity for US$800 less than two weeks later, on April 12, 1976.[4][5] Legally, all members of a [4][6] The failure of a slot machine company that he had started five years earlier also contributed to his decision to exit the partnership.[2]

Later that year, venture capitalist Arthur Rock and Mike Markkula helped develop a business plan and convert the partnership to a corporation. A year after leaving Apple, Wayne received $1,500 for his agreement to forfeit any claims against the new company.[2] In its first year of operations (1976), Apple's sales reached US$174,000. In 1977 sales rose to US$2.7 million, in 1978 to US$7.8 million, and in 1980 to US$117 million. By 1982 Apple had a billion dollars in annual sales. In February 2015, Apple's value exceeded $700 billion, making it the most valuable U.S. company by far. Had Wayne kept his 10% stock until then, it would have been worth approximately $60 billion.[7]

Wayne has stated that he does not regret selling the stock as he made the "best decision with the information available to me at the time".[8] Wayne also stated that he felt the Apple enterprise "would be successful, but at the same time there would be significant bumps along the way and I couldn't risk it. I had already had a rather unfortunate business experience before. I was getting too old and those two were whirlwinds. It was like having a tiger by the tail and I couldn't keep up with these guys."[3]


After leaving Apple, Wayne resisted Jobs' attempts to get him to return, remaining at Atari until 1978, when he joined Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and later an electronics company in Salinas, California.[8]

Wayne retired to a Pahrump, Nevada, mobile home park[9] selling stamps and rare coins in Pahrump, and never owned an Apple product[2][10] until 2011, when he was given an iPad 2 by Aral Balkan at the Update Conference in Brighton, United Kingdom.[11]

Wayne also ran a stamp shop in Milpitas, California for a short time in the late 1970s, Wayne's Philatelics. After a number of break-ins, he moved his stamp operations to Nevada. The logo for the business was a wood-cut style design, with a man sitting under an apple tree, with the "Wayne's Philatelics" name written in a flowing ribbon curved around the tree. This was the original logo he designed for Apple Computer.

He holds a dozen patents.[12]


Wayne published a memoir titled, Adventures of an Apple Founder, in July 2011. Plans for initial exclusivity on the Apple iBookstore did not pan out.[13]

Wayne has also written a socio-economic treatise titled Insolence of Office, released on October 1, 2011 which he describes as:[13]
...the product of decades of research and observation into the evolution of human governance, and the foundations of the American Constitutional Republic. Through this analysis the reader is introduced to a complete, yet simplified understanding of the architecture of our Constitution, its foundations, principles, and the essential meaning of its structure all in the context of modern living.


Wayne appeared in the documentary Welcome to Macintosh where he describes some of his experiences with Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Apple Computer.[14]

Personal life

Wayne came out as gay to Jobs shortly after February 1974, while both men were employees at Atari. Jobs later recalled, "It was my first encounter with someone who I knew was gay." Wayne recalled that "Nobody at Atari knew, and I could count on my toes and fingers the number of people I told in my whole life. But I guess it just felt right to tell him, that he would understand, and it didn't have any effect on our relationship."[15]

Wayne has described Jobs' personality as cold. He recounted the times Jobs was ruthless, including at one point asking him to convince his friend to sell his company for Apple's benefit.[16]


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External links

  • Ron Wayne – Official Website
  • Ron Wayne on Facebook
  • Ron Wayne on Twitter
  • Ron Wayne interview by OMT
  • NPR report "Lost" Apple Founder Has No Regrets – June 13, 2010
  • Ron Wayne, Apple Co-Founder, Shares Steve Jobs' "Richest Man in the Cemetery" Sentiment Almost Verbatim, Village Voice, October 8, 2011
  • Ronald G. Wayne interviewed on the TV show Triangulation on the network
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