“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life” — Steve Jobs
Apple co-founder and former-CEO Steve Jobs died Wednesday surrounded by his family. He was 56.
Jobs had been struggling with cancer since 2003. He underwent a successful surgery in 2004 and a liver transplantation in 2008.
“Steve died peacefully today surrounded by his family. We are grateful for the support and kindness of those who share our feelings for Steve. We know many of you will mourn with us, and we ask that you respect our privacy during our time of grief,” Xinhua quoted Jobs’ family as saying in a statement.
“Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being,” RIA Novosti reported the company in a statement. “Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.”
Apple Board of Directors also said that “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.”
Steve Jobs was one of the greatest examples of success in the history of American business. He dropped out of college after one year, and never received a degree in technology. This future Apple CEO earned his living by collecting empty bottles before he started working at a company that produced video games.
Jobs and Stephen Wozniak founded Apple Computer in 1976. He is credited with being the mastermind of the company’s iconic products – iPhone and iPad.
This August, the legendary chief executive officer of Apple Inc., resigned and had named Cook to the post.
Jobs had taken a medical leave of absence earlier this year, the third in his battle with pancreatic cancer that began in 2004.
On Aug 24, Jobs stepped down as Apple CEO, saying:
“I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.”
Steve Jobs Stanford Commencement Speech 2005