There may be no company more dependent on the health of its CEO than Apple. Today, Steve Jobs appeared at a company event in San Francisco, his first appearance in one year to the day.
He unveiled new iPod Nanos with video cameras and lower prices, and iPod Touches with more storage.
But people were more focused on how Jobs looked. He’s suffered from several health problems since revealing he had pancreatic cancer in 2004. He had a liver transplant last year.
For many pundits, however, there was rejoicing that he was on the stage at all. Investors, however, were not impressed, sending the stock price lower on fears that an Apple without Steve Jobs and his intellect is a different investment.
Here’s a look at him at company appearances over the last decade and how the company’s stock price performed the same day. The numbers have been adjusted to reflect stock splits and dividends.
January 5, 1999 – Up $.52
July 17, 2002 – Up $.33
September 10, 2002 – Down $.02
January 6, 2004 – Down $.04
October 12, 2005 – Down $2.24
September 9, 2008 – Down $6.24
September 9, 2009 – Down $1.79