Updated from Oct. 5 with comment from portfolio manager Herb Chen.
BOSTON ( TheStreet) -- Steve Jobs joins Thomas Edison, the inventor of the motion-picture camera and the lightbulb, and Henry Ford, who pioneered the modern assembly line at his namesake car company, as America's greatest industrialists who disrupted technology to make a fortune against all odds.
Jobs, the co-founder and former chief executive officer of Apple (AAPL) who died Wednesday at the age of 56, will be remembered as a technology and business outsider who connected most intimately with his company's customers. Along the way, music fans gratefully bypassed record companies with Apple's iTunes music service, millions of mobile-phone users upgraded to the sleek iPhone smartphone and many millions more considered replacing their laptops with the breakthrough iPad tablet.
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