‘I believe that if Steve were still alive, we would have combined our companies, or at least discussed the possibility very seriously,’ Iger wrote in an excerpt from his autobiography published by Vanity Fair on Wednesday.
Iger and Jobs became close friends prior to the Apple co-founder’s death from pancreatic cancer in 2011.
In 2006, Iger, then just a few months into his tenure as Disney CEO, helped shepherd a massive $7.4 billion deal to acquire Pixar, the film animation company where Jobs was chairman.
Following the deal, Jobs became Disney’s largest single shareholder and a member of the company’s board of directors.
Even as Jobs oversaw the launch of the iPhone at Apple, he developed a close relationship with Iger and became a key advisor at Disney.
Iger recounts how Jobs, though he had no interest in comic books himself, played a key role in Disney’s acquisition of Marvel by vouching to the Marvel CEO that Iger was a man of his word.
Following Jobs’ death, Iger was one of only about two dozen to attend his burial in Palo Alto.
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