Walter Mencken 2:37 p.m., March 1
Widow of Steve Jobs Gives $25,000 to Tax Measure Also Backed by Wealthy San Diego Donors
According to state political finance records, Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Apple Computer's Steve Jobs, has come up with $25,000 for the campaign for voter approval of Prop. 29, the June ballot measure that would add a dollar per pack to the state's cigarette tax, boosting total per pack taxes to $1.87.
Said by Forbes magazine to be the richest woman in Silicon Valley, with a net worth of $9 billion, Jobs joins other wealthy high tech denizens, including San Diego Republican Malin Burnham, in backing the tax proposal.
Along with Burnham, founder of the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute on Torrey Pines, Peggy and Peter Preuss, a venture capitalist, cancer research philanthropist, and former University of California regent, have contributed a total of $5046.46.
Jobs is listed on the disclosure as chair of Emerson Collective, LLC., which according to the San Jose Mercury News describes its mission as working with 'a range of entrepreneurs to advance domestic and international social reform efforts' and making 'strategic investments' in 'results-driven education reform ventures.'"
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