October 5, 2011 - Today Apple co-founder and former CEO, Steve Jobs, died at age 56, due to complications from pancreatic cancer.
Prior to the Walt Disney Company's acquisition of Pixar, Steve Jobs served as Chairman of the Board of Pixar from March 1991 and as Chief Executive Officer of Pixar from February 1986. He was a Director of the Walt Disney Company since the Company's acquisition of Pixar in May 2006. [source]
"Steve Jobs was a great friend as well as a trusted advisor. His legacy will extend far beyond the products he created or the businesses he built. It will be the millions of people he inspired, the lives he changed, and the culture he defined. Steve was such an "original," with a thoroughly creative, imaginative mind that defined an era. Despite all he accomplished, it feels like he was just getting started. With his passing the world has lost a rare original, Disney has lost a member of our family, and I have lost a great friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Laurene and his children during this difficult time." -- Bob Iger, Walt Disney Company President
"Steve Jobs was an extraordinary visionary, our very dear friend and the guiding light of the Pixar family. He saw the potential of what Pixar could be before the rest of us, and beyond what anyone ever imagined. Steve took a chance on us and believed in our crazy dream of making computer animated films; the one thing he always said was to simply 'make it great.' He is why Pixar turned out the way we did and his strength, integrity and love of life has made us all better people. He will forever be a part of Pixar?s DNA. Our hearts go out to his wife Laurene and their children during this incredibly difficult time." -- John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer, and Ed Catmull, President, Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios