Laurene Powell Jobs, widow of the late Steve Jobs, is keeping a low profile and using part of her wealth for social causes.
She is the founder and chair of the Emerson Collective, an organization that focuses on using entrepreneurship to advance social reform and help under-resourced students. She also co-founded College Track, a nonprofit program that helps disadvantaged students prepare for and graduate from college.
In conjunction with President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” program, Emerson Collective and its partners announced a $50 million commitment in 2014 to collaborate with certain school districts to design better high school programs. She is among the top donors to super PAC Ready for Hillary. She makes occasional visits to Capitol Hill to discuss pathways to citizenship for children of illegal immigrants.
The Laurene Powell Jobs Trust is the largest individual shareholder in Disney, with a 7.7% slice of the company; that stake stems from Disney’s purchase of animation studio Pixar, then led by Steve Jobs, in 2006. An angel investor, Laurene Powell Jobs is a backer and board member at startup Ozy Media. She also sits on Stanford University’s Board of Trustees.