By Sam Williams
Steve Jobs, the billionaire co founder of Apple, died on Wednesday at the age of 56 after a long struggle with pancreatic cancer.
Apple paid tribute to its former CEO saying: “Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being”.
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Mr Jobs was responsible for the world’s first commercially successful personal computer in 1976 along with friends Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne.
As well as being the CEO, chairman and chief executive of Apple, he was also previously the chief executive of Pixar and then went on to be a member of the board of directors of The Walt Disney Company.
Friend Bill Gates said in a statement that “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”.
Mr Jobs resigned as CEO of Apple after 11 years on August 24 2011 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.”
In 2004, Mr Jobs announced to colleagues that he had been diagnosed with a cancerous tumour in his pancreas. A procedure to remove the cancer was successful but ago there tumour later developed.
In 2009 he took a six-month leave of absence and underwent a liver transplant. In January of 2011 he was granted a leave of absence for medical reasons leaving Tim Cook in charge of the day-to-day running of the business.
Mr Jobs is survived by his wife, Laurene, and their three children, as well as a daughter from another relationship. Forbes estimated his net worth as $8.3 billion in 2010, making him the 42nd wealthiest American.
However, wealth meant little to Mr Jobs who said: “Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me…going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful…that’s what matters to me.”