Walt Disney Co. President and CEO Bob Iger learned about it 10 minutes before announcing to the Walt Disney Company $ 7.4 billion acquisition of Pixar that Steve Jobs's cancer had returned with a vengeance.
That's just one of the revelations in his new Random House memoir, with the first excerpt shown today on Vanity Fair's website. The Memoirs, The Ride of A Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of Walt Disney Company, comes out later this month.
In Vanity Fair excerpt, Iger talked about his conversation with Jobs, which left him stunned just minutes before the contract was due to be published. But Iger had a close relationship with Jobs and believed that the business could go on even with the mercurial Jobs who was struggling with his illness.
He also talked about whether Jobs had lived, Disney may have eventually merged with Apple, a somewhat surprising take, given that the two are now streaming media rivals, with Iger resigning from the Apple board last week to avoid a conflict.
"I think if Steve was still alive we would have combined our companies, or at least discussed the possibility very seriously," Iger said in Vanity Fair.
He also noted that the relationship between the two companies was lousy before he came on board , with Jobs at a time promising he would never deal with Disney again. [1