Steve Jobs, with his tux and his iPad, is a force to contend with in Hollywood
The answer to all three, Cringely suggests, is Steve Jobs. I’m not sure about the second two questions, but having consulted Forbes‘ list of The World’s Billionaires, released Thursday, I see that he’s almost right about the first.
Unless one of the Google (GOOG) guys, the Microsoft (MSFT) billionaires or the Walton (WMT) gang snuck into the Kodak Theater unnoticed, Jobs — with a net worth in Apple (AAPL) and Disney (DIS) stock alone of more than $5.8 billion (Forbes, which hasn’t caught up to Apple’s recent stock increases, lists his total net worth at $5.5 billion) — had second-deepest pockets in the room that night.
Rupert Murdoch, who was also at the Oscars, is worth $6.3 billion according to Forbes.
Hollywood, of course, is full of rich and powerful people. David Geffin ($5 billion), George Lucas ($3 billion) and Steven Spielberg ($3 billion) come to mind.
But Cringely is talking about more than money.
It’s no coincidence, Cringely writes, that Sunday’s Oscar broadcast also marked the debut of the first iPad commercials.
Will Hollywood play along? We’ll see.
Apple is said to be locked in tough negotiations with the studios to repackage their movies and TV shows for the iPad. Jobs didn’t have any fresh deals to announce in January, when he unveiled the device. He’s got another three and a half weeks to make them before the iPad ships — with or without the pretty people.
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