Despite being an expert, Jobs was also a perfectionist.
Should this sentence above be revised to maintain parallelism, though it would become wordier (see revised sentence below)?
Despite the fact that he was an expert, Jobs was also a perfectionist.
I don’t like either sentence. The “despite” is weird, because being an expert and being a perfectionist are not things that would be surprising to go together. Use “despite” when there’s more surprise:
Despite being a dog, Elmer only likes cat food.
Rebuild the original sentence from scratch:
Jobs was both an expert and a perfectionist.