Take this one with a big grain of salt, but the rumor mill is abuzz that British-born Apple design guru, Jonathan Ive, is bumping heads with Apple, may resign and move back to the UK.
According to various reports in publications such as the “Mail Online” (http://macte.ch/SzoWL) Ive and his wife Heather, who met while they were studying at Newcastle Polytechnic, are said to want to educate their twins in England. He still visits the institution in the northeast to give masterclasses, giving up part of his three weeks’ annual leave, the article says.
A friend of the family told “The Sunday Times” that “Unfortunately he is just too valuable to Apple and they told him in no uncertain terms that if he headed back to England he would not be able to sustain his position with them.” Apple told “The Times” it was “speculation” to say that Ive wanted to live in England.
Of course, he has the money to do it if he wants. The “Mail Online” says the design expert is due to receive $25million (£15.5million) in shares, which he was able to buy for £7million, according to regulatory filings to the Securities and Exchange Commission. The deal was agreed in the midst of the financial crash when Apple shares plummeted to £65; they are now worth around £213.