Steve Jobs, the co-founder of US technology giant Apple, died at the age of 56 on Wednesday.
Jobs passed away at home in Palo Alto, California surrounded by his wife of 20 years, Laurene, and his close family. His death comes after a seven-year battle with pancreatic cancer.
The company said in a statement on its website: “Apple has lost a visionary genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being.”
Politicians and business leaders paid tribute to the man who gave the world the Mac computer, the iPod and the iPhone.
US President Barack Obama said Steve Jobs “was among the greatest of American innovators – brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it.
Microsoft founder Bill Gates said Jobs’ inventions would have “profound impact” that would “be felt for many generations to come.”
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that “America lost a genius who will be remembered with Edison and Einstein.”
After news of his death broke, Apple fans laid flowers and candles outside the company’s headquarters in Silicon Valley.
Jobs had a liver transplant in 2009 and his health had been the subject of much speculation in recent years.
He took medical leave in January, before resigning as Apple chief executive six weeks ago.
Jobs’ personal fortune is estimated at 5.3 billion euros, according to Forbes magazine. It is unclear how his estate will be handled.
Jobs is survived by his wife Laurene and his four children.