Steve Jobs takes medical leave of absence for an undetermined amount of time

17 Jan 2011 | in Steve Jobs history, Steve Jobs news


At my request, the board of directors has granted me a medical leave of absence so I can focus on my health. I will continue as CEO and be involved in major strategic decisions for the company.

I have asked Tim Cook to be responsible for all of Apple’s day to day operations. I have great confidence that Tim and the rest of the executive management team will do a terrific job executing the exciting plans we have in place for 2011.

I love Apple so much and hope to be back as soon as I can. In the meantime, my family and I would deeply appreciate respect for our privacy.


Words fail me.

16 Responses to Steve Jobs takes medical leave of absence for an undetermined amount of time

  • R.D. commented on 18 Jan 2011 at 02:34

    While taking a MBA course, one of my assignments was to complete a paper on Steve Jobs’ leadership style. I enjoyed every piece of material on Jobs. I found him to be an excellent person that has a lot of drive and you have great leadership skills. Yeah, there were times when he was disliked but that’s life. He’s a great example of a great leader. Steve, I only pray that your health improves and wish you the very best!

  • Marcos commented on 18 Jan 2011 at 12:12

    Wishing a speed recovery to Mr. Jobs! God bless him!

  • Alessandro commented on 18 Jan 2011 at 22:03

    Hold on Steve. I hope in your return as soon as possible.
    Love from Italy

  • La Tecia Pearson commented on 19 Jan 2011 at 00:51

    I am praying for you Mr. Jobs, may God grant you grace and His mercies!

  • It’s a shame that Apple needs to operate without him. Hopefully they’ll get along fine. Their earnings just came out and they blew away expectations.

  • P.M. commented on 22 Jan 2011 at 15:36

    Steve Jobs is my hero. Mr. Jobs and Mr. Wozniak are the progenitors of every piece of personal technology in existence. All we have today has descended from Mr.Jobs’ innovations and creations. His vision spawned light speed and radical social changes leading us to a true global community.

    My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family for his speedy recovery. We need you Steve!

  • Jacon commented on 22 Jan 2011 at 15:47

    DON”T DIE! I can’t wait to see You next time on scene.

  • Joan commented on 23 Jan 2011 at 21:30

    Steve has so much than offer us because is a real genius.
    Is only an small break that Steve give us because we need some time to asimilate all tecnology , products and tools from Apple.
    Problem only is our bad capacity of “to intake” all its I+D so Steve must to take holidays.
    STEVE sorry for the inconveniences and we hope to learn as quickly as posible and you can re-start your pendings JOBS

    WE ARE WAITING to you

  • Lena commented on 24 Jan 2011 at 22:05

    I pray for you, Steve!!! I wish you health and happiness! Come back soon!

  • Rk commented on 2 Feb 2011 at 04:58

    I am doing some special puja’s ( for you. Get well soon Steve. The world needs you

    Rk – India

  • michele commented on 18 Feb 2011 at 00:56

    simply the best

  • glo commented on 18 Feb 2011 at 06:59

    “om mani padme hum” this is a religious curse we believe would save us from all sufferings, and to reach to a peaceful state of mind and soul.

    may our prayers be heard…. all the best, steve.

  • Franky Canoot commented on 18 Feb 2011 at 08:17

    Fight Steve Fight back.
    The world needs the genius.

    We’ll hope to see you soon.

  • Larissa commented on 18 Feb 2011 at 13:50

    Steve. I am thinking of you. Please hold on. Most of all in the world I would like to stay by your side now and take your hand into mine to give you some more power… Just know that there is a person who is thinking of you at another part of the planet and wishing you all the best.

  • Mikey commented on 22 Feb 2011 at 04:00

    Steve youre one of my very favorite people on Earth and one of the coolest of all time for that matter and I praise you for the Macintosh and your unrelenting genius, style, and innovation. You are _the_ rockstar of computing and a real hero of mine and I send you my best vibes and hope for your speedy recovery! Drink lots of white tea and eat turmeric!

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