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Silvy
10-06-2011, 19:47
As the world learned of the passing of Apple's co-founder and former CEO, Steve Jobs, many issued statements and took to social networks to share their memories and condolences, including key government officials and figures in the technology, gaming, and entertainment industry.


Though he may be gone, his legacy remains in the products he helped create, the technologies he pioneered, and the people he inspired. Here are some of their comments.

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."

Bill Gates, Founder, Former CEO, Microsoft

"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."

Casey Hudson, Executive Producer, Mass Effect

"Steve Jobs wrote a key thread in the narrative of my life, from Apple II to iPad. Can't imagine what it would have been like without him."

John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer of Pixar

"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."

John Riccitello, CEO of Electronic Arts

"Steve was one of a kind. For many of us working in technology and entertainment, Steve was a new kind of hero that lead with big, bold moves and would not settle for less than perfection. He is the best role model for a leader that aspires to be great."

George Lucas, Director and CEO of Lucasfilm

"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."

Ken Levine, Creative Director, Irrational Games

"I spent my teenage years playing Castle Wolfenstein on an Apple 2. I spent my 20s doing graphic design on a Mac SE/30. I spent my 30s listening to my IPod on shuffle. And I'm spending my 40s doing business from my iPhone. He created tools that felt like toys, and toys that felt like art. "

Larry Page, CEO of Google

"Steve was a great man with incredible achievements and amazing brilliance. He always seemed to be able to say in very few words what you actually should have been thinking before you thought it. His focus on the user experience above all else has always been an inspiration to me."

Mark Zuckerberg, Founder and CEO of Facebook

"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."

Bob Iger, CEO of Disney

"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."

Tim Sweeney, CEO of Epic Games

"I really think Steve Jobs was one of the greatest people to live in our time. A child born today onward will grow up in a world full of iPhones and iPads and will see Steve Jobs as my generation saw Winston Churchill or Albert Einstein."