On the ninth anniversary of Steve Jobs’ death, Apple CEO Tim Cook tweeted in remembrance of the company co-founder, saying his memory lives on every day.
Borrowing a quote from legendary American poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou, Cook wrote, “A great soul never dies. It brings us together again and again.”
Cook added that Jobs, who passed away in 2011, is “always with us” and that his memory “connects and inspires us every day.” Jobs died at the age of 56 on October 5, 2011, following a battle with pancreatic cancer.
“A great soul never dies. It brings us together again and again.” — Maya Angelou. You’re always with us Steve, your memory connects and inspires us every day. pic.twitter.com/X85bjObkPK
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) October 5, 2020
Tim Cook took over as CEO from Steve Jobs in August 2011. At the time, Cook had already stepped into Jobs’ shoes to run Apple during a couple of medical leaves of absence while Jobs was fighting cancer. At the time, the plan was that Jobs would take on the role of chairman at Apple and get involved with blue sky R&D projects. Cook has spoken about how he didn’t expect Jobs to pass away as quickly as he did.
Almost a decade removed from Jobs’ death, there’s now a whole generation of Apple fans for whom Steve Jobs is simply an iconic name, rather than someone they remember at the helm at Apple. Based on the stock options Cook was recently granted, it looks like he will now match his predecessor’s tenure as Apple CEO.