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Remembering Steve Jobs: What Pixar, Disney, Spielberg & Others Said of His Passing

Remembering Steve Jobs

It was announced on Wednesday that Steve Jobs had passed away. Steve Jobs is known for being the co-founder and CEO of Apple and for developing such game changing products like the Mac, the iPhone, iPad and iTunes. But he wasn’t all just about Apple. He was also the CEO of Pixar and spearheaded their growth. In addition he was on the board of Disney and was their biggest single shareholder. So although he made grown up toys in the form of Apple products, he also had a huge influence on kid’s entertainment and films.  He also was a dad of four.

After it was announced that he passed away, fellow luminaries, heads of industry and dads came out with tributes to Steve Jobs. See what John Lasseter, Steven Spielberg and others had to say about their fallen friend, mentor and hero.

  • John Lasseter and Ed Catmull of PIxar 1 of 6
    John Lasseter and Ed Catmull of PIxar
    "Steve Jobs was an extraordinary visionary, our very dear friend and the guiding light of the Pixar family. He saw the potential of what Pixar could be before the rest of us, and beyond what anyone ever imagined. Steve took a chance on us and believed in our crazy dream of making computer animated films; the one thing he always said was to simply 'make it great.' He is why Pixar turned out the way we did and his strength, integrity and love of life has made us all better people. He will forever be a part of Pixar's DNA. Our hearts go out to his wife Laurene and their children during this incredibly difficult time."
  • Robert Iger – Disney CEO 2 of 6
    Robert Iger - Disney CEO
    "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. With his passing the world has lost a rare original, Disney has lost a member of our family, and I have lost a great friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Laurene and his children during this difficult time."
  • Steven Spielberg 3 of 6
    Steven Spielberg
    "Steve Jobs was the greatest inventor since Thomas Edison. He put the world at our fingertips."
  • George Lucas 4 of 6
    George Lucas
    "The magic of Steve was that while others simply accepted the status quo, he saw the true potential in everything he touched and never compromised on that vision. He leaves behind an incredible family and a legacy that will continue to speak to people for years to come."
  • Bill Gates 5 of 6
    Bill Gates
    "I'm truly saddened to learn of Steve Jobs' death. Melinda and I extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends, and to everyone Steve has touched through his work. 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 honor. I will miss Steve immensely."
  • Russell Simmons 6 of 6
    Russell Simmons
    "Steve Jobs was a prophet of that uniquely American genius, the Creative Entrepreneur - something no one can copy, no one can outsource, no banker can hire - a visionary who created a movement that changed generations through painstaking tenacity - even after he was fired in 1985 from the company he founded for thinking too far forward."
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Images: Apple.com, PacificCoastNews.com, PR Photos

 

Read more about Steve Jobs’ creations: The iPhone

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