At an executive session of the board in June, with Amelio out of the room,
Woolard described to current directors how he calculated their odds.
"If we stay with Gil as CEO, I think there's only a 10% chance we will avoid bankruptcy," he said.
"If we fire him and convince Steve to come take over, we have a 60% chance of surviving.
If we fire Gil, don't get Steve back, and have to search for a new CEO, then we have a 40% chance of surviving."
The board gave him authority to ask Jobs to return.
Woolard and his wife flew to London, where they were planning to watch the Wimbledon tennis matches.
He saw some of the tennis during the day,
but spent his evenings in his suite at the Inn on the Park calling people back in America, where it was daytime.
By the end of his stay, his telephone bill was $2,000.