The former chief executive and co-founder of the technology company Apple, Steve Jobs, has died at the age of 56. Tributes were paid by some of America’s greatest leaders in the technology industry, including Bill Gates, Michael Bloomberg, and even US President Barack Obama. In 2004, the technology guru had announced that he suffered from pancreatic cancer and in 2009 he underwent a liver transplant.
A Better World
A statement from Apple said, “Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.”
This was echoed by many friends and colleagues, and even by consumers who commented on the passing of the creator. New York Mayor and industry leader Michael Bloomberg likened Steve Jobs to Einstein and Edison, saying that his ideas would “shape the world for generations”.
He had gained a reputation for being demanding and asking for perfection, yet he also had the uncanny ability to take technologies such as the mouse, which only sold in niche markets, and bringing popularity from the general public to them. He also brought the iMac, the iPod, and the iPhone into the world, with the iPhone 4S—the latest model—introduced only one day before he died.
Before he resigned as CEO in August, he took medical leave in January. The job had been taken over by Tim Cook, with Jobs as the chairman. He had said he believed that the company’s “brightest and most innovative days” were on their way and he was looking forward to seeing the success.
Jobs was nearly indistinguishable from his company, which he took to heights, making it the second most valuable company in the world—briefly the first—and the most valuable technology company in the world. The market value of Apple is estimated as $351 billion, or £227 billion, more than the US government. The only company worth more is Exxon Mobil.
President Barack Obama called the business leader, “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.”