He returned to Apple as an adviser in 1996, when the firm was in dire straits. A year later he was made interim chief executive. Asked at the time what he thought Mr Jobs should do with Apple, Michael Dell, a rival computer-maker, helpfully suggested that he should shut it down.
Mr Jobs ignored that advice. Instead he led the company on to its greatest triumphs.
Steve Jobs resigns: The minister of magic steps down | The Economist
Interesting case of reversal of fortunes. At the time Apple was in trouble, Dell was dominant.. Now it is the other way around. Could things turn around yet again?