Apple Co-Founder Steve Jobs Dies at 56

Steve Jobs, the co-founder of a company that transformed the digital world, passed away yesterday, mere months after leaving his role as CEO due to health problems. His leadership forged the way for Apple to create novelties such as the iPod, iPhone and iPad. The company announced his death, mourning the suffering and loss of Jobs to pancreatic cancer.

“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,” Apple’s board of directors said in a statement.

Mr. Jobs was indeed considered one of the greatest corporate leaders of the century, and his successes placed him alongside Ford, Disney and Edison. Adopted by a family in Silicon Valley, Jobs grew up in Mountain View, were he helped his father, who was a mechanic.

“My father, Paul, was a pretty remarkable man,” Mr. Jobs once said. “He was kind of a genius with his hands, spent a lot of time with me… teaching me how to build things, how to take things apart, put things back together…”

Mr. Jobs developed a love for electronics, and has his first experience thanks to a school project, with help from Hewlett-Packard, when he was 12. He studied electronics and eventually dropped out of college to get a job in Silicon Valley, and joined the Homebrew Computer Club. Slowly, Apple Corp was founded, and Jobs ended his career having pioneered a whole new realm of electronics and digital gadgets.

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