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Tributes pour in as thousands mourn death of Steve Jobs

Business rivals and fans lament tragedy of Silicon Valley legend's premature passing away

Tributes pour in as thousands mourn death of Steve Jobs
Tributes poured in for Steve Jobs, the Apple co-founder and former CEO, who died age 56 on Wednesday. Jobs passed away October 5, 2011 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.
Tributes pour in as thousands mourn death of Steve Jobs
Bill Gates, Microsoft co-founder and chairman said: '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 honour.'
Tributes pour in as thousands mourn death of Steve Jobs
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO said on the site: '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'
Tributes pour in as thousands mourn death of Steve Jobs
Rupert Murdoch, CEO of News Corp said the world had lost one of the most influential thinkers, creators and entrepreneurs of all time. \n'Steve Jobs was simply the greatest CEO of his generation. While I am deeply saddened by his passing, I'm reminded of the stunning impact he had in revolutionising the way people consume media and entertainment'
Tributes pour in as thousands mourn death of Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs' picture is featured on the front page of the Apple website after his passing in this screen grab, October 5, 2011.
Tributes pour in as thousands mourn death 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,' said Barack Obama. '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'
Tributes pour in as thousands mourn death of Steve Jobs
Bob Iger, CEO of Walt Disney Co, was a good friend to Steve. He said: '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.'
Tributes pour in as thousands mourn death of Steve Jobs
People look at candles and flowers that have been placed in remembrance of Steve Jobs, outside the Apple Store at West 66th Street. Jobs co-founded Apple in 1976 and is credited, along with Steve Wozniak, with marketing the world's first personal computer in addition to the popular iPod, iPhone and iPad (Getty Images)
Tributes pour in as thousands mourn death of Steve Jobs
Aaron Katersky, from New York, takes a photo of candles and flowers that have been place in remembrance of Steve Jobs. (Getty Images)
Tributes pour in as thousands mourn death of Steve Jobs
Members of the news media take photos of candles, flowers, and an iPhone with Steve Jobs photo displayed. (Getty Images)
Tributes pour in as thousands mourn death of Steve Jobs
A statement on the Apple.com website October 5, 2011. Apple announced the death of its visionary co-founder Steve Jobs from cancer at 56. 'We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today,' the company's board of directors said. (AFP/Getty Images)
Tributes pour in as thousands mourn death of Steve Jobs
An apple with the word 'bye' carved into it sits outside an Apple store after it was left by a man commemorating the life of Apple Inc's founder in Pasadena, California (AFP/Getty Images)
Tributes pour in as thousands mourn death of Steve Jobs
Apple fan Mitesh Parekh places a message remembering Steve Jobs on the window of the Apple store in Pasadena, California (AFP/Getty Images)
Tributes pour in as thousands mourn death of Steve Jobs
Mario Spinetti sits outside the Apple Store on West 66th Street after hearing of the death of Steve Jobs. (Getty Images)
Tributes pour in as thousands mourn death of Steve Jobs
The Apple logo is seen hanging inside the Apple store on West 66th Street on October 5, 2011 in New York City (Getty Images)