10 Successful Adoptees & Foster Kids Besides Steve Jobs

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With the recent release of Walter Isaacson's bestselling biography, Steve Jobs (Simon & Schuster; $35), a public fascinated by the mind and habits of the deceased icon got a candid glimpse into a life that not only included history-making innovation, but a challenging entrance in to the world. Jobs, the man behind the Mac, the iPod, the iPhone, the iPad and the motion picture studio Pixar, was an orphan, adopted at birth by a California couple who subsequently raised him. Jobs is not alone. He is among several celebrities who have been either adopted or raised in the foster care system. Take a look at 10 notable African Americans who overcame childhood challenges to become greats in their respective industries. —Janell Hazelwood

With the recent release of Walter Isaacson’s bestselling biography, Steve Jobs (Simon & Schuster; $35),…