Tributes pour in for Steve Jobs

Technology and other leaders share their thoughts on Apple's Steve Jobs

Apple co-founder and Chairman Steve Jobs' death at the age of 56 has touched customers, colleagues, partners and even rivals. Here's what some notable figures had to say about Jobs in light of his passing.

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Barack Obama

"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."

-- President Barack Obama

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Steve Wozniak

"People sometimes have goals in life. Steve Jobs exceeded every goal he ever set for himself." (via Los Angeles Times )

-- Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder

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Bill Gates

"The world rarely sees someone who made such a profound impact."

-- Bill Gates, Chairman, Microsoft

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John Chambers

"The world lost a true visionary and great man today. Steve Jobs did more than simply shape our concepts of technology and invention, he helped define our understanding of how great innovation and design can bring people closer together. I, and everyone at Cisco, am deeply saddened by Steve's loss. Our deepest sympathies go out to his colleagues and family. We'll miss you, Steve, but your legacy will continue forever."

-- John Chambers, CEO, Cisco Systems

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Larry Page

"[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. He was very kind to reach out to me as I became CEO of Google and spend time offering his advice and knowledge even though he was not at all well."

-- Larry Page, CEO, Google

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Michael Dell

"Today the world lost a visionary leader, the technology industry lost an iconic legend and I lost a friend and fellow founder. The legacy of Steve Jobs will be remembered for generations to come."

-- Michael Dell, chairman, Dell

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Steve Spielberg

"Steve Jobs was the greatest inventor since Thomas Edison. He put the world at our fingertips."

-- Steven Spielberg, movie director

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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."

-- Mark Zuckerberg, CEO, Facebook

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Robert Metcalfe

"Alas, Steve Jobs has died. May he rest in peace. What are we going to do now, without his insanely greatness?"

-- Robert Metcalfe, Ethernet inventor

"I think he's the greatest entrepreneur we've ever known or seen. Look at what he did with Apple, what he did with Pixar."

Scott McNealy, former CEO, Sun

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A man photographs tributes to the late Steve Jobs with his iPad outside the Apple Store in London Oct. 6. Technology and design admirers flocked to Apple stores worldwide on Thursday to express their sorrow at the death of Jobs.

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People gather outside an Apple store in downtown Shanghai, where the Apple logo has been turned off in memory of Steve Jobs.

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Apple fan Clarence Labor puts his Apple Macintosh Plus computer in front of the Apple store in Washington Oct. 6 in tribute to Steve Jobs.

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A customer looks at the screen of an iPad in an Apple store in central Prague, Oct. 6.

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A businessman offers prayers in front of flowers offered in memory of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, placed at the entrance of the Ginza Apple store in Tokyo.

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A tribute message to the late Steve Jobs written in lipstick is seen on the window of the Apple Store in Santa Monica, Calif. on Oct. 5, 2011.

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Tributes to the late Steve Jobs are left outside the Apple Store in London Oct. 6. Technology and design admirers flocked to Apple stores worldwide on Thursday to express their sorrow at the death of Steve Jobs, the visionary who transformed the daily lives of millions.

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