What did Steve Jobs know, and when did he know it?
That’s the $64-million question, and while Apple has been adamant that Jobs was unaware of any financial shenanigans, some of his recently made redundant former colleagues have different takes. But unlike many other companies that are facing questions over their options practices, Apple’s reliance on its founder and leader and the Cult of Steve makes this a unique case.
Personally, I find the notion that Jobs, a notorious micromanager, was unaware of what was going on hard to swallow. But are we willing to upset a great American success story — and quite possibly take down Apple for a second time — by forcing out Mr. iPod? In short, what’s a fair price for Apple and Jobs to pay if it turns out they have misled the SEC?