With Disney's $7.4 billion acquistion of Pixar, Steve Jobs will be Disney's biggest shareholder and pain in the ass. After founding Apple, leaving Apple and then returning to create the iPod company, Jobs may be ready to his third and grandest coming. With his relentless pursuit of consumer product perfection and reshaping the entertainment industry, Mickey Mouse will have to toughen up...the new media mogul is in the house.
Afterthought: Now that Jobs is on the board, it will be interesting to see how the Disney agenda proceeds. Certainly, he will have influence, but how will he separate his Apple interests from overlapping Disney interests, or is it inevitable that the two will become one? For Apple's competitors in becoming new digital media giants (as Apple has become so far with music), the substantial Disney content and distribution assets may not be as accessible as they are for Apple...or is that not in the realm of possibility or in the best interest of Disney's other shareholders?