Steve Jobs: the world has lost a great visionary

Oct 6, 2011

Barack Obama leads the tributes to man who made Apple not just a corporate giant but a way of life

THE DEATH of Steve Jobs at 56 has brought the iGeneration onto the streets to place flowers and candles outside Apple stores, while tributes pour in from politicians and fellow masters of the tech universe. These are some of the eulogies offered to the man who gave the world the iMac, the iPhone and the iPod...

President Barack Obama:
"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... The world has lost a visionary."

Steve Wozniak, co-founder with Jobs of Apple:
"People sometimes have goals in life. Steve Jobs exceeded every goal he set himself."

Bill Gates, Microsoft co-founder:
"For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it's been an insanely great honour. I will miss Steve immensely."

Michael Bloomberg, mayor of New York City:
"America lost a genius who will be remembered with Edison and Einstein, and whose ideas will shape the world for generations to come."

Steve Case, AOL founder:
"I feel honoured to have known Steve Jobs. He was the most innovative entrepreneur of our generation. His legacy will live on for the ages."

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder:
"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."

Bob Iger, chief executive of Walt Disney:
"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."

Michael Dell, founder and CEO of Dell Inc:
"Today the world lost a visionary leader, the technology industry lost an iconic legend and I lost a friend and fellow founder."

When he wasn't bounding on stage in his trademark black turtleneck and Levi 501s to present his latest Apple innovation, Steve Jobs was notoriously private and said as little as possible in public about the pancreatic cancer he had been battling since 2004. He is survived by his wife Laurene and their three children.
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