The tech world, Holloywood legends and Apple fans have been paying their tributes following the death of Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs. The iconic leader, who brought the world the Mac, iPod and iPhone, had been battling cancer but lost the fight early this morning.
As the world grieves for Jobs, here is what those who knew and those who merely admired him have to say:
Bill Gates, Microsoft co-founder
"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 generations to come. For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it's been an insanely great honour. I will miss Steve immensely."
Barack Obama, President of the United States of America
"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. 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. 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."
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO
“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.”
Tim Cook, Apple CEO
"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."
Larry Page, Google co-founder and CEO
“I am very, very sad to hear the news about Steve. 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. He was very kind to reach out to me as I became CEO of Google and spend time offering his advice and knowledge even though he was not at all well."
Sergey Brin, Google co-founder
“Steve, your passion for excellence is felt by anyone who has ever touched an Apple product (including the macbook I am writing this on right now). And I have witnessed it in person the few times we have met. On behalf of all of us at Google and more broadly in technology, you will be missed very much.”
Michael Bloomberg, New York Mayor
"America lost a genius who will be remembered with Edison and Einstein, and whose ideas will shape the world for generations to come"
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Former Governor of Califonia
“Steve lived the California Dream every day of his life and he changed the world and inspired all of us. #ThankYouSteve”
Jon Snow, News Anchor
"As an unapologetic Apple fan I'm saddened to awaken to the news of Steve Jobs' death. One of the most innovative leaders of our time."
Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie, co-chiefs of Research in Motion Ltd
“Steve Jobs was a great visionary and a respected competitor.”
Steven Spielberg, Director
“Steve Jobs was the greatest inventor since Thomas Edison. He put the world at our fingertips.”
Bob Iger, Disney President and CEO
“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.”
Stephen Fry, Actor and Apple fan
"Woke to the news of Steve Jobs's death. He changed the world. I knew him a little and admired him entirely. Love to Apple and his family."
David Cameron, British Prime Minister
"Steve Jobs transformed the way we work and play; a creative genius who will be sorely missed. Our thoughts are with his family."
Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder
"People sometimes have goals in life. Steve Jobs exceeded every goal he set himself."
Tony Blair, former Prime Minister
"Steve Jobs was an extraordinary and creative human being, an inspiration and an innovator who believed that by the power of ideas the world could be transformed. As much as anyone in any walk of life in the early 21st century he changed people's lives simply by imagination and determination. His memory will serve as a symbol of what the human mind can achieve."
Lord Alan Sugar, Amstrad founder
"Gutted Steve Jobs died. We started our computer biz at same time and were competitors through the 80s.Great visionary. Sadly missed. RIP"
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