Fadell had an idea, pitched it around, was hired by Apple and the rest is history. He started as an outside consultant, became the first member of Apple's iPod hardware engineering team in 2001, and is now senior vice president of the iPod Division. So, why haven't you ever heard of Tony Fadell? Apparently the Apple PR machine wants to keep the spotlight on a certain you-know-who.
[[xref:http://www.wired.com/gadgets/mac/news/2004/07/64286|Inside look at the birth of the iPod|Inside look at the birth of the iPod]]