Walt Disney Co. Chairman and CEO Bob Iger found out 10 minutes before announcing the Walt Disney Company's $ 7.4 billion acquisition of Pixar that Steve Jobs's cancer had come back with revenge.
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 memoir, The Ride of A Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of Walt Disney Company, is released later this month.
In Vanity Fair excerpt, Iger talked about his conversation with Jobs, which left him paralyzed minutes before the deal was announced. But Iger had a close relationship with Jobs, and thought the deal could go ahead even with the mercury Jobs struggling with his illness.
He also talked about how, if Jobs had lived, Disney might have 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 and conflict.
"I think if Steve was still alive, we would have combined our companies, or at least discussed the opportunity very seriously," Iger said in Vanity Fair.
He also noted that the relationship between the two companies was frowned upon before boarding, and Jobs at one point promised that he would never catch up with Disney again. [1