Barack Obama, Steven Spielberg, Bill Gates and others remember Apple legend Steve Jobs


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As news of Steve Jobs’ death hit Silicon Valley, Hollywood and everywhere else today, friends, colleagues, and admirers of the Apple co-founder, former CEO of Pixar, and all-around visionary (who passed away Wednesday after a battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 56) shared their memories and tributes.

President Barack Obama: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. 

“By building one of the planet’s most successful companies from his garage, he exemplified the spirit of American ingenuity. By making computers personal and putting the internet in our pockets, he made the information revolution not only accessible, but intuitive and fun. And by turning his talents to storytelling, he has brought joy to millions of children and grownups alike. Steve was fond of saying that he lived every day like it was his last. Because he did, 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.

“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.”

Steven Spielberg tells EW: “Steve Jobs was the greatest inventor since Thomas Edison.  He put the world at our fingertips.”

John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer & Ed Catmull, President, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios: “Steve Jobs was an extraordinary visionary, our very dear friend and the guiding light of the Pixar family. He saw the potential of what Pixar could be before the rest of us, and beyond what anyone ever imagined. Steve took a chance on us and believed in our crazy dream of making computer animated films; the one thing he always said was to simply ‘make it great.’ He is why Pixar turned out the way we did and his strength, integrity and love of life has made us all better people. He will forever be a part of Pixar’s DNA. Our hearts go out to his wife Laurene and their children during this incredibly difficult time.” 

Walt Disney president/CEO Bob Iger: “Steve Jobs was a great friend as well as a trusted advisor. 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. 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, Disney has lost a member of our family, and I have lost a great friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Laurene and his children during this difficult time.”

Bill Gates: “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.”

George Lucas: “The magic of Steve was that while others simply accepted the status quo, he saw the true potential in everything he touched and never compromised on that vision. He leaves behind an incredible family and a legacy that will continue to speak to people for years to come.”

Mark Zuckerberg: “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.”

Bono: “What made Steve Jobs truly great is that he was only interested in doing truly great things.  He was bored by an easy ride or easy profit. In a world littered with dull objects, he brought the beauty of clean lines and clear thought. This rhyme of intellect and intuition could be applied to a wide range of subjects from the US education system, to sculpture, to the fight against HIV/AIDS where his support of (RED) literally transformed the lives of two million people in Africa.

He changed music. He changed film. He changed the personal computer and turned telephony on its head while he was at it.  He was tenacious in the extreme, his toughness never more evident than these past few years in his fight for his life as well as his companies.

Steve told me as proud as he was of Apple and Pixar, his real pride was his family.  He was a thoughtful and tender father, and loved nothing more than hanging out in the house with his belle Laurene and the kids.

I already miss him…one of a very small group of anarchic Americans who through technology literally invented the 21st century. We will all miss the hardware software Elvis.”

(Additional reporting by Anthony Breznican)

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  • Lauren

    I lost my father and my best friend to the same disease that took Steve. It’s truly a terrible illness and takes bravery to battle. Rest in peace, Steve. Thanks for all that you given us.

    • Anonymous

      I’m so sorry. Very few people seem to survive that particular form of cancer.

    • bill

      a friend of mine makes $ 77 an hour on the computer. She has been out of job for 9 months but last month her check was $ 7,487 just working on the computer for a few hours. Go here CashHar d.c ó m

  • LOL

    “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” – Steve Jobs

    • Steve Jobs

      LOL loves crap.

      • Stasia

        - There are 2 forces in the unrviese, duct tape and WD-40. If it moves and it shouldn’t use duct tape, if it doesn’t move and it should, use the WD-40! Now be sure to file that one away, under goofy photos of Jack for his wedding day .

    • Alyssa

      Guys….show some pride. keep the jokes that are not even funny off the page just for once. Its someones life lost- and to Cancer One of the True Evils of the World.

      • Iwan Rhoen is my obession

        that was a knock at LOL not steve since LOL loves to say “America Loves Crap”

      • Kat

        Yes, Iwan, but this is NOT the place for knocking anyone, regardless of how obnoxious they are elsewhere.

    • DDubSolider

      Oh god *bursts into tears*

  • waka flocka

    i guess the announcement of the iphone 4s finally got the best of him… #toosoon?

    • SisterZip

      Yes, but funny!

    • you’reana**

      Steve Jobs was a true visionary. The fact that you said this shows just how shallow and a jerk you are.

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  • Matt


    Okay that was cheesy and lame. I’m so ashamed. I love apple products. RIP steve jobs.

    • Dating Site Douche

      I am saddened by the death of Dave Jobs. I met my boyfriend, also an international billionaire technology titan, on Maybee you can meet your dream date their two.?

  • chris

    steve jobs steve jobs i can’t believe I will never hear his name again pushing and pulling some new idea to the market place, god truely took a great man back with him. The world can’t be the same without his energy, it is spinning with less kinetic energy as his energy is no longer with us. rip my friend, even though we never met I have known you the majority of my life, we have lost a true leader.

  • nicy try

    Still not gonna get re-elected Obama

    • jd

      Not the time or place

      • Mike

        What an age of cynicism we live in.

      • Alyssa

        very shallow and unclassy moron- he can give his condolences if he is president or not. – In Fact it shows that he is still a caring person and has a heart ( instead of letting power and profit go to his head….like some past people that shall remain nameless at this time)

        I agree with both of you above.

    • Ugh

      Ignore the troll. Just looking for place to comment on a subject that will have everyone flaming on…

      Bless Steve. And prayers be with him and his family.

  • fish

    Visionaries like Steve Jobs who literally change the world come along very rarely, and there is a huge void left by his passing. I didn’t know him, but I miss him already. Thanks for everything, Steve.

  • Laundry

    He changed my life from the Macintosh on.

    • Toadie the Roadie

      I’m partial to the Golden Delish myself.

    • Jose

      / I’d should eximane with you here. Which isn’t one thing I usually do! I get pleasure from reading a publish that may make people think. Also, thanks for allowing me to remark!

  • Maddie

    Rest in peace, Steve. I discovered the user-friendliness of Macs back in 1988 in college, and have been a devoted Mac user ever since. You definitely changed the world with your talents, and you will be missed. Thank you for sharing your genius with the world. Hopefully, we will one day find a cure for the disease that took your life. Stand up to cancer!

  • John

    “….greatest inventor since Thomas Edison”
    Edison was a thief and a charlatan Steve Jobs was a great man

  • Peggy

    Although I’ve used Mac computers on the job, I have never owned an Apple product. No iPod, no iPhone, no iPad, nothing. I think Steve Jobs was a great visionary — I just can’t afford Apple devices.

  • Pisces228

    R.I.P Steve. The best are always taken too soon. :-(

  • Malpaso

    All jokes aside, a wife lost her husband, and the kids lost their dad. Steve Jobs was a great technology leader. Above all that, though, he was a family man.

  • Beth in MI

    Don’t own a iphone, ipad or ipod but I appreciate the fact that he lived his life to the fullest and followed his dreams. My condolensces to his family and friends. Rest in peace.

  • huangzhenwei

    I lost my father and my best friend to the same disease that took Steve. It’s truly a terrible illness and takes bravery to battle. Rest in peace, Steve. Thanks for all that you given us.
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    • Andre

      Oh wow, new background? Looks great!!!I know you are a mac perosn I wish I had a mac myself! But it never occurred to me until after Steve’s death that we DO have apple in the house ipods! And yes, they certainly have changed how we see and listen to music not in a bad way at all, actually. My boys have listened to far more different types of music than they ever would have otherwise!

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