Steve Jobs Passes Away

Posted Oct 5, 2011

“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me,” he says. “Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful . . . that’s what matters to me,” said Steve Jobs in an interview with the Wall Street Journal from over a decade ago. Steve Jobs was never driven by money. He was driven by innovation and changing the world. The Apple Inc. board of directors announced that Steve Jobs has passed away today. They have asked people to e-mail ?thoughts, memories, and condolences? to

Jobs stepped down as CEO over a month ago and said ?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.?

“If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on,” said Steve Jobs. “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do,” said Steve Jobs in a commencement speech at Stanford University in 2005.

After Jobs stepped down, he remained as the Chairman of the Board at the company and a director. He recommended that Tim Cook fills in for him as the CEO of the company. Yesterday Cook took the stage to announce the iPhone 4S. The photo of Jobs above will be used for an upcoming biography of him by Walter Isaacson.

Steve Jobs started battling cancer several years ago and he had an operation in 2004. He had a liver transplant in 2009 as a result of the cancer. Jobs’ last appearance was on stage at the Apple 2011 WWDC conference in San Francisco. Jobs was age 56 when he passed away.

Below is a statement from Apple:

We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today.

Steve?s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.

His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts.

R.I.P. Steve Jobs. The tech world will never be the same without you.