He was not particularly philanthropic.
He briefly set up a foundation, but he discovered that it was annoying to have to deal with the person he had hired to run it, who kept talking about "venture" philanthropy and how to "leverage" giving.
Jobs became contemptuous of people who made a display of philanthropy or thinking they could reinvent it.
Earlier he had quietly sent in a $5,000 check to help launch Larry Brilliant's Seva Foundation to fight diseases of poverty, and he even agreed to join the board.
But when Brilliant brought some board members, including Wavy Gravy and Jerry Garcia, to Apple right after its IPO to solicit a donation, Jobs was not forthcoming.
He instead worked on finding ways that a donated Apple II and a VisiCalc program could make it easier for the foundation to do a survey it was planning on blindness in Nepal.
His biggest personal gift was to his parents, Paul and Clara Jobs, to whom he gave about $750,000 worth of stock.
They sold some to pay off the mortgage on their Los Altos home, and their son came over for the little celebration.
"It was the first time in their lives they didn't have a mortgage," Jobs recalled.
"They had a handful of their friends over for the party, and it was really nice."
Still, they didn't consider buying a nicer house.
"They weren't interested in that," Jobs said. "They had a life they were happy with."
Their only splurge was to take a Princess cruise each year.
The one through the Panama Canal "was the big one for my dad," according to Jobs,
because it reminded him of when his Coast Guard ship went through on its way to San Francisco to be decommissioned.