Co-founder, chairman and CEO of Apple, Steve Jobs has passed away at the age of 56.
In 2004, Jobs announced to his Apple employees that he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. In August of 2011, Steve Jobs announced that he would be retiring from his position of CEO at Apple.
On October 5th, Steve Jobs’ family announced his death and following that, Apple made a corporate statement of the news and soon paid a tribute to Steve on their website.
Below are some tributes I gathered from around the web following Steve’s death:
Barack Obama, President of the United States:
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. By building one of the planet’s most successful companies from his garage, he exemplified the spirit of American ingenuity. By making computers personal and putting the internet in our pockets, he made the information revolution not only accessible, but intuitive and fun. And by turning his talents to storytelling, he has brought joy to millions of children and grownups alike. Steve was fond of saying that he lived every day like it was his last. Because he did, he transformed our lives, redefined entire industries, and achieved one of the rarest feats in human history: he changed the way each of us sees the world.
Larry Page, CEO of Google:
He was a great man with incredible achievements and amazing brilliance. He always seemed to be able to say in very few words what you actually should have been thinking before you thought it. His focus on the user experience above all else has always been an inspiration to me.
Bill Gates, Chairman of Microsoft:
I’m truly saddened to learn of Steve Jobs’ death. Melinda and I extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends, and to everyone Steve has touched through his work. Steve and I first met nearly 30 years ago, and have been colleagues, competitors and friends over the course of more than half our lives. The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come. For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it’s been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely.
Mark Zuckerberg, Founder of Facebook:
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.
Rupert Murdoch, CEO of Newscorp:
Today, we lost one of the most influential thinkers, creators and entrepreneurs of all time. Steve Jobs was simply the greatest CEO of his generation. While I am deeply saddened by his passing, I’m reminded of the stunning impact he had in revolutionizing the way people consume media and entertainment. My heart goes out to his family and to everyone who had the opportunity to work beside him in bringing his many visions to life.
LeBron James, NBA Superstar:
Definitely left his mark on this world, with innovations that will last forever.
Floyd Mayweather, Boxing Champion:
My heart goes out to the family of Steve Jobs and everyone at Apple. You helped make him who he was. Thank you.
Lance Armstrong, Champion Cyclist:
I was blessed to have the opportunity to spend time with him on several occasions. May he rest in peace.
Direct link on Google’s homepage to Apple.com:
Below is a video tribute: