He was an inventor and an entrepreneur. He had 317 patents and was worth an estimated $8.3 billion when he died Wednesday. But Steve Jobs's great genius was that of an editor. It was his instinct for knowing what to pare away that made Apple one of the richest companies in the world.
A Buddhist capitalist, he was one of the rare billionaires one wanted to believe when he said it wasn't about the money. It was about doing "something wonderful." He did that very well, by most accounts.