Steve Jobs (1955 - 2011)

On October 5, 2011, Apple announced that Steve Jobs had died. He was only 56 years old. His aim, to develop products that are both functional and elegant, had earned him a devoted following. Apple showed an obituary on their website that reads:

Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.