Greatest tech comeback No. 1: Steve Jobs & Apple
There is no greater comeback story in technology than when the prodigal CEO returned to the Apple fold in 1997. By now the story is nearly legend. Jobs' post-Apple startup, NeXT computing, had not exactly set the world on fire, and Apple was floundering. It was so bankrupt that Jobs' first order of business as interim CEO was to get a $150 million infusion of cash from Bill Gates. Neither the company nor the man was in any position to be picky about their fates. But slowly and surely Jobs brought Apple back -- and with the iPod, iPhone, and iPad, helped change the entertainment, communications, and computing industries forever.