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Old 07-22-2008, 10:52 AM   #1
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Does Steve Jobs usually attend conference calls?

There was a hubub about Steve Jobs not being on today's conference call.

Does he usually attend them?
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Old 07-22-2008, 10:56 AM   #2
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There was a hubub about Steve Jobs not being on today's conference call.

Does he usually attend them?
No.

Apple puts the job of running the conference calls on the CFO. Mr. Jobs hasn't been on a conference call since 1998, as far as my notes and recollection goes.
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Old 07-23-2008, 08:24 AM   #3
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But he actually does look very thin - a friend saw him around Palo Alto recently and commented about how sickly he looked. He is an Apple shareholder and was a little concerned for the long term.
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Yep, he's lost a ton of weight very suddenly, and has had problems with cancer as recently as four years ago.

All thats been said by Apple is that his health is "a private matter", and all he's said is that he "had a surgical procedure this year to address a problem that was contributing to a loss of weight." and that he 'had a common bug being treated by antibiotics'.

Do note there is no succession plan in place should he become more ill or have to take a leave of absence.
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DH (who holds a lot of AAPL) just told me he read that Jobs' weight loss problem is related to the surgery for his cancer 4 years ago. He recently had a surgical procedure to try to correct or at least improve the problem.

Yes - it's a one man genius company. Not sure how you create a succession to Steve Jobs...

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Not sure how you create a succession to Steve Jobs...

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With another Steve, of course. Steve Ballmer?









As far as holding ' a lot of AAPL', well, I'd follow the general diversification guidelines for any single stock. AAPL now has a huge market cap, not sure if it is a real growth story at this point.

I'm glad I didn't follow that advice in 1997, though.

I often wonder if CFB shorted them in 2001, after his disappointment with OSX 10.0 release?


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Nah, I actually owned the stock for a while back in the late 90's into the early '00's. I think I bought it for $13-14 and sold it around $28-29. So no big complaints.

No worries about the lousy software release. I knew theres be plenty of people lining up to pay three times as much for a computer as it was worth.
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I knew theres be plenty of people lining up to pay three times as much for a computer as it was worth.
Funny thing is, that's how I felt using some of the Windows machines at work... But, to each their own. Choice is good, I wish there was even more of it in this area.

But I am a little confused as to how anyone who has always been as slim as granola-eatin'-vegan Steve Jobs could be described as 'losing a ton of weight'? It's not like you can hide much behind jeans and a turtleneck

Actually, Apple recently stated that there *is* a succession plan in place, but it has not been made public. For what that's worth - maybe nothing.

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As far as holding ' a lot of AAPL', well, I'd follow the general diversification guidelines for any single stock. AAPL now has a huge market cap, not sure if it is a real growth story at this point.
I manage all the family investments except for my husband's SEP-IRA . That is his play money. It's half AAPL. It's the only stock he follows. Over periods of many years he buys when it's crushed, and sells when it goes ballistic. He's been through a few cycles over the years.

Oh - I suppose I should mention that his SEP-IRA is a small percentage of our net worth.

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But I am a little confused as to how anyone who has always been as slim as granola-eatin'-vegan Steve Jobs could be described as 'losing a ton of weight'?
"muscle weighs more than fat."

sadly, it could be wasting.
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