Very sad to hear that Steve Jobs, one of the great visionaries and business leaders of our time has died at 56.
1955 - 2011
Tim Cook (CEO Apple)
To: All Employees
I have some very sad news to share with all of you. Steve passed away earlier today.
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.
Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.
We are planning a celebration of Steve’s extraordinary life for Apple employees that will take place soon.
If you would like to share your thoughts, memories and condolences in the interim, you can simply email
No words can adequately express our sadness at Steve’s death or our gratitude for the opportunity to work with him.
We will honor his memory by dedicating ourselves to continuing the work he loved so much.
Steve Jobs’ Family:
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. We are thankful to
the many people who have shared their wishes and prayers during the last year of Steve’s illness; a website will
be provided for those who wish to offer tributes and memories.
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.
Bill Gates (Chairman of Microsoft) – via thegatesnotes.com
I’m truly saddened to learn of Steve Jobs’ 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, it’s been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely.
Steve Baller (CEO Microsoft)
I want to express my deepest condolences at the passing of Steve Jobs, one of the founders of our industry and a
true visionary. My heart goes out to his family, everyone at Apple and everyone who has been touched by his work.”
Mark Zuckerberg (CEO Facebook) – via Facebook.com
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.
Barack Obama (President of the USA) – via Twitter.com
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.
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.