Apple Founder and CEO Steve Jobs has passed away today at the age of 56. Jobs had been battling pancreatic cancer for years and stepped down as head of the company in August. The Apple website is paying tribute to him in a number of ways and members are already leaving messages and sharing thoughts.
“Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives,” Apple’s board said in the statment. “The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.” Job’s relatives said he “died peacefully today, surrounded by his family.”
Microsoft founder Bill Gates said of his friend,
“The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had…I will miss Steve immensely.”
Disney President and CEO Bob Iger released this statement.
“Steve Jobs was a great friend as well as a trusted advisor. His legacy will extend far beyond the products he created or the businesses he built. It will be the millions of people he inspired, the lives he changed, and the culture he defined. Steve was such an ‘original,’ with a thoroughly creative, imaginative mind that defined an era. Despite all he accomplished, it feels like he was just getting started. With his passing the world has lost a rare original, Disney has lost a member of our family, and I have lost a great friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Laurene and his children during this difficult time.”
Jobs acquired Pixar in 1986 and helped to make it the company it is today. He later became the largest single shareholder of Disney.
Tim Cook, who was given the position of CEO after Jobs stepped down, sent a touching email to employees in the wake of Steve’s death.
I have some very sad news to share with all of you. Steve passed away earlier today.
Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.
We are planning a celebration of Steve’s extraordinary life for Apple employees that will take place soon. If you would like to share your thoughts, memories and condolences in the interim, you can simply email email@example.com.
No words can adequately express our sadness at Steve’s death or our gratitude for the opportunity to work with him. We will honor his memory by dedicating ourselves to continuing the work he loved so much.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg,
“Steve, thank you for being a mentor and a friend. Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world. I will miss you.”
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak was so overwhelmed with emotion after receiving numerous calls from the media,
“People sometimes have goals in life. Steve Jobs exceeded every goal he ever set for himself.”
A statement from President Barack Obama,
“Michelle and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Jobs. Steve was among the greatest of American innovators – brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it…The world has lost a visionary. And there may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented. Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to Steve’s wife Laurene, his family, and all those who loved him.”