Steve Jobs’ Death: Reactions from President Obama, Gates

Posted Thursday October 6, 2011 9:21 AM GMT

News of Steve Jobs' death spread quickly yesterday, as people worldwide mourned the loss of the greatest visionary in recent memory.

And even President Barack Obama felt the sting of loss as he issued a statement to share his feelings about the late Apple honcho.

"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 making computers personal and putting the internet in our pockets, he made the information revolution not only accessible, but intuitive and fun."

"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."

Microsoft’s Bill Gates also conveyed his grief- "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," Gates said in a statement. "For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it's been an insanely great honor."

And Facebook visionary Mark Zuckerberg offered, "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."

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