Jobs Returns To Apple
In 1996 then-Apple CEO Gil Amelio bought Next and its Nextstep operating system and development environment, which would eventually become the foundation for the Mac OS X operating system.
The Next acquisition also brought Jobs back to Apple as an advisor. In 1997 Amelio was fired after Apple suffered several years of dismal financial results and Jobs was named Interim CEO. The "interim" was finally dropped in 2000.