Top tech CEOs who were first fired and later rehired

November 23, 2023

Shubham Verma

One of the Silicon Valley's most famous names, Apple founder Steve Jobs left the company in 1985 over differences with then CEO John Sculley.

Jobs returned in 1997 as the Apple CEO, and resigned in 2011 just before his death.

Sam Altman has emerged the most talked-about CEO in the world of AI after he was fired.

In a matter of a week, Altman was fired and rehired by OpenAI as the CEO.

Michael Dell founded Dell Inc in 1980s and held the position of CEO until 2004, when he stepped down to serve as chairman.

He returned as CEO in 2007 and led the company through the merger with EMC.

Jack Dorsey founded social media platform Twitter, now known as X, and became its CEO in 2006.

In 2008, co-founder Evan Williams took over the role while Dorsey served as chairman. He became CEO again in 2015 and held the position for another six years.

Robert Iger first became the CEO of the Disney+ owner Walt Disney.

He left the position in 2020, but Disney's board of directors asked him to return in 2022.

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