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Apple's Tim Cook pays tribute to the late Steve Jobs

The company co-founder would have turned 66 on Wednesday, and Cook marked the occasion with a tweet.

Apple CEO Tim Cook with late co-founder Steve Jobs in 207.
Apple CEO Tim Cook with late co-founder Steve Jobs in 2007.
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The late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs would have turned 66 on Wednesday, and company CEO Tim Cook marked the day with a tweet. Cook took the role after Jobs stepped down in August 2011.

"Celebrating Steve on what would have been his 66th birthday," he wrote. "Especially in a year where so much kept us apart, technology brought us together in limitless ways. That's a testament to Steve's life and the legacy he left, which continue to inspire me every day."

Jobs, who co-founded Apple with Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne in 1976, died Oct. 5, 2011, after a battle with cancer. He was 56.

In a May 2010 commencement speech at Auburn University, Cook noted that Jobs was the one who convinced him to leave Compaq for Apple in 1998.

"No more than five minutes into my initial interview with Steve, I wanted to throw caution and logic to the wind and join Apple," he said. "My intuition already knew that joining Apple was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work for the creative genius and to be on the executive team that could resurrect a great American company."

Apple rose from near-bankruptcy in the '90s to become the first publicly traded US company to be valued at over $1 trillion in 2018 and then the first $2 trillion US company in 2020.