Steve Jobs Dies at 56
Jobs, in fact, died one day after Cook made his first product launch, the iPhone 4S, as Apple's CEO. It came at the sort of event that Jobs, if healthy, would have relished presiding over and, predictably, several media critics dismissed Cook's performance and bemoaned the absence of Jobs.
A donor to Democrats and liberal causes, Jobs dined with President Bill Clinton at Jobs’s home in Palo Alto, Calif., in 1996 and later slept in the Lincoln Bedroom of the White House. President Ronald Reagan awarded him the National Medal of Technology in 1984, and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger inducted him into the California Hall of Fame in 2007.
Worth an estimated $8.3 billion, Jobs is survived by his wife Laurene Powell and their children Reed Paul, Erin Sienna and Eve, as well as daughter, Lisa Brennan-Jobs, from a previous relationship.
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life,” Jobs told students at Stanford in 2005, “and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work.”