Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple, has died aged 56 following a long battle with cancer. While Jobs was notoriously difficult to work with, arrogant and abrasive, his legacy is remarkable. Jobs was a true visionary. He turned quixotic, fanciful ideas into reality. His bold creativity revolutionized not just the technology industry, but the music industry, the gaming industry and the entertainment industry – and the way the world accesses and views information in general. From its humble beginnings as a garage start-up in 1976, Apple surpassed Exxon Mobil to become the world’s most valuable public company earlier this year. Jobs inspired others to emulate him, and his impact on the world will be felt for generations to come.
Those who worked with him, and competed against him, are best equipped to describe Jobs’s legacy:
“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.” (Tim Cook, Apple CEO)
“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.” (President Barack Obama)
“For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it’s been an insanely great honour. I will miss Steve immensely.“ (Microsoft founder Bill Gates)
“The digital age has lost its leading light.” (Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg)
Rest in peace, Steve Jobs.