Thursday, October 6, 2011
(RIP Steve Jobs, Disney Remembers a Valued Member)
Disney CEO Bob Iger has released a statement this morning following the death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. It reads as follows:
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.
Jobs originally purchased The Graphics Group, the computer graphics division of George Lucas' company. Soon after, Pixar was born when he decided to make the company an animation studio. Disney purchased Pixar in 2006, leaving Steve Jobs the largest single shareholder on the board. His contributions to not only Pixar Studios and movie animation but also to the way that we live our lives (I don't know anyone who can live without their iPhone) have left a longing impression on everyone, Apple fan or not. Steve Jobs was 56 years old.