Although Laurene Powell Jobs, widow of Apple's co-founder Steve Jobs, has kept out of the public eye that was so often focused on her husband, who died this week, she has worked behind the scenes on social causes. Upset by the conditions facing low-income students, she co-founded a nonprofit organization called College Track to help minority students prepare for college. She now heads the Emerson Collective, which describes itself as working with entrepreneurs on social issues. She co-led a campaign in 2005 to raise $20 million for the Global Fund for Women.

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