World pays tribute to Steve Jobs, the Apple co-founder

Here is a selection of tributes pouring in for Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who died on Wednesday at age 56:

-“Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. (…) Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.” — Apple CEO Tim Cook, who succeeded Jobs in August.

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“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,” Apple’s board of directors, announcing his death.

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– “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” — US President Barack Obama.

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– “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 honor” — Microsoft head and former rival Bill Gates.

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– “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” — Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

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– “Tonight, America lost a genius who will be remembered with Edison and Einstein, and whose ideas will shape the world for generations to come” — New York Mayor and tech company founder Michael Bloomberg.

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– “Thank you for changing our world” — Arianna Huffington, co-founder of The Huffington Post.

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– “It’s crazy to think about how many people are sharing the news of Steve Jobs’ death using devices he invented” — Matt Cherette or @mattchew03, on Twitter.

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– “It’s not too much to say he literally changed our world” — Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

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– “His innovative spirit and remarkable accomplishments will forever be remembered by people around the world” — G.S. Choihe, head of technology rival Samsung, despite the South Korean firm’s bitter patent row with Apple.

– “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” –Walt Disney boss Robert A. Iger.

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– “Steve died peacefully today surrounded by his family .. In his public life, Steve was known as a visionary; in his private life, he cherished his family” — family statement.
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According to an AFP report, South Korea’s Samsung Electronics said Thursday it was saddened by the death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, calling him a “great entrepreneur” with an innovative spirit.

The two firms are embroiled in a bitter patent row but Samsung chief G.S. Choi said: “Chairman Steve Jobs introduced numerous revolutionary changes to the information technology industry and was a great entrepreneur.”

“His innovative spirit and remarkable accomplishments will forever be remembered by people around the world,” he said in a statement, adding the Korean company was saddened by Jobs’ death.

Jobs died in the United States at the age of 56 on Wednesday after losing a long battle with cancer.

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One response to “World pays tribute to Steve Jobs, the Apple co-founder

  1. What a hero

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