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  • Tech, Business, Political Leaders Pay Tribute to The Late Steve Jobs

    Within hours of word coming that former Apple CEO Steve Jobs had passed away, the tech, business, political giants of our time have come forward to offer words of remembrance and praise for the man who changed technology and the way we live our lives forever.

    Among the first to comment Wednesday evening was Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg:

    "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."
    News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch:

    "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."
    Google Chairman Eric Schmidt also praised Jobs as a visionary leader in business.

    "Steve Jobs is the most successful CEO in the U.S. of the last 25 years. He uniquely combined an artists touch and an engineers vision to build an extraordinary company... one of the greatest American leaders in history."
    Spanning the political spectrum, President Barack Obama said the following:
    Michelle and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Jobs. 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. 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. Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to Steve's wife Laurene, his family, and all those who loved him.
    Former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who reportedly became friends with Steve Jobs during his tenure in Sacramento, shared the sentiments of others:

    "Steve lived the California Dream every day of his life and he changed the world and inspired all of us."
    Naturally, longtime friend and tech rival Bill Gates would not let the day pass without remembering his former colleague:

    "Iím truly saddened to learn of Steve Jobsí 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, itís been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely."
    These are likely just the first of many tributes that will continue to pour in over the next few days and weeks.

    Source: WSJ
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Tech, Business, Political Leaders Pay Tribute to The Late Steve Jobs started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 29 Comments
    1. Spliff1's Avatar
      Spliff1 -
      A very sad day indeed. It will be interesting to see how Apple proceeds with out Steve at the helm. Such a young age we will never know what else he would have brought to the world.
    1. Obaid03's Avatar
      Obaid03 -
      It Truly is a Sad day, His Place can never be replaced by anyone in the Whole World., He literally Helped Change the World, and Write History. I am truly Saddened by it. may His Family find peace and Friends have the courage to bear his loss. R.I.P
    1. DeathDude's Avatar
      DeathDude -
      "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." -Bob Iger CEO The Walt Disney Company

      Part of a message sent to all Disney employees
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Just breaks my heart. So so sad. Way to young. Steve will always be in my heart. What a guy! God bless his soul! Thank you so very much!
    1. TheReliq's Avatar
      TheReliq -
      Rest in peace Steve. You will be missed.
    1. reznor9's Avatar
      reznor9 -
      Thanks Steve for giving me a hobby. A community of friends. A way to teach my children something new in a fun and exciting way. Thanks for sharing the insane ideas that bubbled in your head. Thanks for picking up the slack of all us dreamers whom couldn't put their thoughts onto paper or couldn't think past the dream. Thanks for making me laugh while making me awe... for making me think different... thinking old in a new way. You are an inspiration, a breath of fresh air... your legacy will live on forever. Many will strive for your success, and I pray they get there, but doubt they ever will. The world lost one of its greatest minds today and you will be truly missed by all. I wish I could have had the privilege of calling you my friend, but you at least have the privilege of forever being my idol. Requiescat in pace.
    1. craig171171's Avatar
      craig171171 -
      I never met you, I never knew you, but how I will miss your genius. RIP
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      The Internet helped us to see the world; the iPhone helped us befriend the world...

      God Bless you Steve & Family ✝
      I'm just sad...very, very sad...
    1. Go Gators's Avatar
      Go Gators -
      RIP Steve Jobs! The only positive I can see in what happened is maybe now we'll get some Flash on our iOS devices.