Apple announce name of person who downloaded 25 billionth app: Chunli Fu of Qingdao, China

Over two days ago Apple officially announced that its near-four year old App Store had reached a mammoth 25 billion downloads. Prior to that Apple had announced the person to download the 25 billionth app would receive a $10,000 iTunes Gift Card and since the time the milestone app was downloaded we were waiting for Apple to reveal to lucky name who won the prize. Today, they have announced that the winner of the gift card is Chunli Fu of Qingdao, China. Fu downloaded Disney’s water-based physics-puzzler “Where’s My Water? Free” to win himself the $10,000-worth prize. Apple’s Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services Eddie Cue said the following:

We’d like to thank our customers and developers for helping us achieve this historic milestone of 25 billion apps downloaded. When we launched the App Store less than four years ago, we never imagined that mobile apps would become the phenomenon they have, or that developers would create such an incredible selection of apps for iOS users.

‘Lost’ Apple founder has no regrets

Last week the world saw the unveiling of Apple iPhone 4 – another milestone for the Cupertino Giants Apple who are currently the largest tech company in the world, worth well over $220. But how was Apple founded? Well, there’s a story not many know!

The story of Apple’s founding is the stuff of legend in Silicon Valley. Two young programmers, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak created the company out of nothing.

But there was a third founder — Ron Wayne. On 1st April 1976, he got together with Jobs and Wozniak to write Apple’s incorporation document. He typed up the three pages himself, and even designed the company’s first logo.

Apple's original (very first) logo, designed by Ron Wayne

But only 12 days later, Wayne left Apple and a 10 percent stake in the company (that today would be worth billions!).

Wayne now lives in a modest home in Pahrump, Nev., just outside Las Vegas — and survives, primarily, off his Social Security check and a small business selling vintage coins.

NPR‘s Guy Raz spoke with Wayne to hear the story of Apple’s “lost” third founder, who says he has no regrets.

“Whatever has been, has been,” said Wayne. “I learned a long time ago not to ‘what if’ these things.”

After unbelievable success for Apple, Steve Jobs personally offered Wayne employment in the company. Not once but twice. But Ron stood his ground.

“I like to take things from beginning to end,” said Wayne. “Where I can wear six or seven hats. I couldn’t do that at Apple.”

Wayne says he doesn’t own any Apple products. But he’s content with his life and happy for Jobs. “I’ve never been rich,” Wayne said. “But I’ve never been hungry, either.”