Steve Jobs 1955 - 2011, RIP. Photo via Apple website.
Steve Jobs resigned from his position as CEO of Apple in August, and news of his death have sent another tidal wave through not only the Apple company but the world at large.
Jobs, renowned for his innovative business model and for Apples continually evolving product line and marketing, passed away after receiving a liver transplant in 2009. He was treated for pancreatic cancer in 2004. Jobs was compared to Henry Ford and Walt Disney for his amazing vision and business ability as well as his leadership in the technology field. He held 313 Apple patents and introduced products with a propensity for dramatic unveilings.
Apple released a press announcement saying they were deeply saddened by the passing of Jobs and sent condolences to his wife, Laurene Powell and their four children.
“Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives,” Apple said, “The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.
Jobs was credited with the creation of iTunes and was one of the pivotal figures in making Silicon Valley the capital of technological innovation. He developed a culture of secrecy at the Apple empire that helped to spur the speculations of what product Apple would launch next and at news of his resignation last August there was an outpouring of sadness from people that had progressed from consumers to fans.
Bill Gates is quoted as saying he was “truly saddened to learn of Steve Job’s death”.
Jobs was known as a recluse and his stark weight loss fueled the rumors of his illness even after his announcement of pancreatic cancer in 2004. He became a self made billionaire and brought the Apple company back from the brink of extinction. His death is a true loss to nation and the world at large.
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