Tributes to 'visionary' Steve Jobs06 october 2011, 10:41
Apple founder and visionary Steve Jobs died October 5 from cancer aged just 56, a premature end for a man who revolutionized modern culture and changed forever the world's relationship to technology through inventions such as the iPad and iPhone.
Here is a selection of tributes pouring in for Apple's "genius" Steve Jobs.
- "Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. (...) Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple." -- Apple CEO Tim Cook, who succeeded Jobs in August.
Apple CEO Tim Cook. ©REUTERS/Robert Galbraith
- "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," Apple's board of directors, announcing his death.
The iconic Apple logo is pictured at Apple Store Clarendon in Arlington, Virginia on October 5, 2011. ©REUTERS/Hyungwon Kang
- "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 making computers personal and putting the Internet in our pockets, he made the information revolution not only accessible, but intuitive and fun. (...) 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" -- US President Barack Obama.
US President Barack Obama. ©REUTERS/Larry Downing
- "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" -- Microsoft head and former rival Bill Gates.
Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates. ©REUTERS/Paul Hackett
- "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" -- Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. ©REUTERS/Robert Galbraith
- "Tonight, America lost a genius who will be remembered with Edison and Einstein, and whose ideas will shape the world for generations to come" -- New York Mayor and tech company founder Michael Bloomberg.
New York City Mayor Bloomberg. ©REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
- "Thank you for changing our world" -- Arianna Huffington, co-founder of The Huffington Post.
- "It's crazy to think about how many people are sharing the news of Steve Jobs' death using devices he invented" -- Matt Cherette or @mattchew03, on Twitter.
- "It's not too much to say he literally changed our world. (...) An incredible global innovator" -- Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
Australia's Prime Minister Gillard. ©REUTERS/Tim Wimborne
- "His innovative spirit and remarkable accomplishments will forever be remembered by people around the world" -- G.S. Choihe, head of technology rival Samsung, despite the South Korean firm's bitter patent row with Apple.
- "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" --Walt Disney boss Robert A. Iger.
Robert A. Iger, president and CEO of The Walt Disney Co. ©REUTERS/Fred Prouser
"Jobs was able in his mind to imagine what would happen when things were 10 times faster or 100 times faster and start to think about how the technology evolves" -- Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt.
Executive Chairman of Google Eric Schmidt. ©REUTERS/Larry Downing
"We have lost our Gutenberg, Edison, Picasso, Carnegie.... " -- Media and technology commentator Jeff Jarvis.
- "Steve died peacefully today surrounded by his family .. In his public life, Steve was known as a visionary; in his private life, he cherished his family" -- family statement.
Steve Jobs. ©REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach