Few individuals have had the influence in modern personal computing, portable electronics and in essence our daily lives as Steve Jobs has had. In 1976 at age 21 Steve Jobs co-founded Apple marking the beginning of the personal computer. Having left the company in 1984, Jobs returned to Apple in 1996 and has served as CEO from 1997 until 2011. During this time, Apple introduced a host of game changing devices like the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad. Jobs oversaw the move to Mac OS X, and the release of iconic personal computers such as the iMac, the iBook and most recently the MacBook Air. Apple had recently become the most valuable company in the world, with a market capitalization reaching $330 billion.
Steve Jobs has announced today that he has stepped down as Apple’s CEO to be replaced by former COO Tim Cook. Steve will remain as an Apple employee and Chairman of the Board. Here’s his letter: