International leaders in politics and business are paying tribute Thursday to Apple visionary Steve Jobs, whose death at age 56 has saddened many around the world.
"Steve Jobs transformed the way we work and play; a creative genius who will be sorely missed. Our thoughts are with his family," British Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy wrote on his Facebook page that Jobs was a great entrepreneur, innovator and major player in the world's technological revolution.
"As inspired as he was inspiring, Steve Jobs will remain one of the great figures of our time," Sarkozy said, as he paid tribute to the American's courage in both his work and personal life.
Ireland's Prime Minister, or Taoiseach, Enda Kenny also gave his condolences in a statement paying tribute to the man who brought the world the iPod portable music player, the iPhone and the iPad tablet.
Steve Jobs was a creative genius who broke down walls in business and opened doors in people's minds," Kenny said.
"His innovative prowess in the area of technology has brought about a level of access to information for millions that few would have ever foreseen. His legacy will be not just his products and business achievements, but also the way in which he altered mindsets in the business world and in everyday life."
Apple has a large factory in Cork, in the Irish Republic, which opened in 1980 to manufacture the Mac computer. It employs about 1,400 people and has expanded into various aspects of the company's business.
In Russia, President Dmitry Medvedev wrote in his Twitter microblog: "People like Steve Jobs change our world. My sincere condolences to his relatives and all those who appreciated his intelligence and talent."
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Words cannot describe how i felt when i heard the news that an icon left us in his prime. Steve Jobs will be remembered for advancing technology in this generations and others. Adios amigos
Jobs was a good model for entrepreneurialism. Apple made huge profits abroad and was ready to bring them back to America.
We cheered when the Mac was born, I still remember my MacSE and how proud and happy I was to own one – and, how many years it lasted! Same for the other 'puters, like the MacMini. As a music lover where would I be without my (older but still trusthworthy) iPods? And lastly, the iPhone. Steve this phone has made my life, both work and personal, _so_ much better and easier. But words do little to convey the depth of feeling and loyalty I will always have for Apple products. Like others, wondering WHO can fill Steve's shoes?
THANK YOU, Steve Jobs, for your tenacity, intelligence and unique vision that's made such a lasting influence for the better, for millions. Sending love and condolences to the Jobs family....and Best Wishes for continued success to Apple, Inc.
On Steve Jobs – A Tribute
He thought different and came up with products we desire
He lived a life that inspires
An abandoned child who had dreams
Not just wanting to play and have ice creams
A determined person with brain and heart
Of which he followed and developed into an art
Treasured his family members like oasis in arid land
For he knew grass could not be grown on dehydrated sand
He lived his each single day like it was his last
Dared to enter space with no man there in the past
The space now attracts millions of Applenite
Who consume billions of billion bytes
Obstacles emerged on life’s path he vowed to clear
With his spiritual tool one of the world’s sharpest spear
Pierced through complacency
Perforated all things perfunctory
Stayed hungry as the stomach of knowledge would never be full
Stayed foolish as seeds of success could well be sowed without a calculated pull
New waves wash away the old
Making room for the young and bold
Will the young have the sharp spears of their own
Barring complacency perfunctory evils to roam
Will they have the righteous and inspired hearts
Entering new space that shines with humanity and glory and will never be dark
The world is in no shortage of the young and smart
Possessing courage and determination to go into new space’s core part
Opportunities are for the insightful and bold
They vanish into thin air for the lazy and slow
Happiness is to tap and achieve full potential
Without losing sight on loving one’s family and real friends on the go
So much so
There is no regret when you in turn become the old
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