Tech titans lead tributes to Steve Jobs

2011-10-06 08:25

San Francisco - Giants of technology from Microsoft's Bill Gates to Facebook inventor Mark Zuckerberg led the tributes to visionary Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who died at 56.

"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," Gates said in a written statement.

"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 honour. I will miss Steve immensely."

Fellow internet-age trailblazer and Facebook founder/CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote on a Facebook posting: "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."

Jobs was even credited with raising the standard for animated films by bringing his vision to Pixar, a movie studio he founded while exiled for a time from Apple due to an internal conflict.

'Transformed lives'

"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," said Walt Disney Company president and CEO Robert A Iger.

US President Barack Obama mourned Jobs as one of America's "greatest innovators" and said it was fitting many people learned of his death on a device he invented.

"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," Obama said in a written statement.

"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," Obama said. "By making computers personal and putting the internet in our pockets, he made the information revolution not only accessible, but intuitive and fun.

New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, a billionaire who built his personal empire on business and technology, said Jobs had changed the world by helping put information and power in countless millions of hands.

"Tonight, America lost a genius who will be remembered with Edison and Einstein, and whose ideas will shape the world for generations to come," Bloomberg said.

"Steve's passionate belief in the power of technology to transform the way we live brought us more than smart phones and iPads: It brought knowledge and power that is reshaping the face of civilisation."


Apple's new CEO Tim Cook called Jobs a "creative genius" and "inspiring mentor".

"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," said Cook, who took the company helm in August.

"Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple."

Cook said the company was planning "a celebration of Steve's extraordinary life for Apple employees that will take place soon", and urged readers to share their memories of Jobs via e-mail at

Jobs died earlier on Wednesday after a long fight against cancer.

  • IC1 - 2011-10-06 08:40

    RIP Steve Jobs. A legend in his and our lifetime, thanks for improving and inspiring the lives of countless people on this planet, you will not be forgotten

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2011-10-06 08:47

    RIP Steve Thanks for the phrase.......'It just works'........I will remain inspired and attempt to make it all work.

  • Epicurius - 2011-10-06 09:30

    Sad news indeed. What a life he lived despite his illness!

  • Mmatsatsi - 2011-10-06 09:32

    We all have lost a great soul in Steve Jobs, so briliiant that we all are sending messages of condolences using his inventions such as the iPad. May the angels and ancestors welcome you on the other side and we will continue to celebrate your life and achievement - your gifts to humankind

  • durbanmark - 2011-10-06 09:53

    A visionary, and now i can understand that once you've used apple, all else seems inadequate. durbanmark

      FrostdMuffin - 2011-10-06 12:04

      totally agree! Steve Jobs has revolutionised the power of technology! and his legacy will live on, because he has inspired so many people with his amazing ideas!

  • Drummerboi - 2011-10-06 09:58

    Just made me think all the things i pray for really amount to nothing if you dont have health. Extraordinary life lived!

  • thabatao - 2011-10-06 10:01

    The world lost a great technical innovator and visionary. He built a stable platform in the IT industry. The best PC on the market. R.I.P. Steve.

  • Propjockey - 2011-10-06 10:03

    ... "It just Jobs" ... RIP

  • Jared Drake - 2011-10-06 10:07

    May God rest his soul, with all my heart, thank you for making difference in our lives in the world. Thank you for everything... *Crying*

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