WSJ reports, “Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates said it had ‘been an insanely great honor’ to work with his long-time rival and Apple Inc. co-founder. ‘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,’ Mr. Gates said. ‘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.’”
WSJ reports, “‘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,’ said Robert Iger, president and chief executive of Walt Disney Co. ‘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.’”
“Larry Sonsini, chairman of law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, which has represented Apple since 1980, said he was devastated by the news that Mr. Jobs had died and that he had spoken to Mr. Jobs on the phone last week,” WSJ reports. “‘I knew he was tired but he was still at it and still taking to me about what’s going on and the industry and I was asking questions about the dynamics in the market,’ he said. Mr. Sonsini added that the Mr. Jobs death will be a ‘setback for the country, not just the (Silicon) Valley. … He really truly was one of the more exceptional geniuses in technology, in history…. don’t think anybody came close to him.’”
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Steve Jobs, Apple co-founder, dead at 56 – October 5, 2011