Steve Jobs, co-founder and most recognizable figurehead of Apple, father of the iPod, isn't feeling well. A cancer survivor, Jobs announced yesterday that he'll be taking a leave of absence for medical reasons, until the end of June.
No word on exactly what's wrong with him. There was talk of a hormonal imbalance, and recently he's said that his illness is more complex and he's stepping away.
Investors are understandably uneasy, but Jobs has said, "As CEO, I plan to remain involved in major strategic decisions while I am out."
Keep reading for Steve Jobs' complete letter to Apple employees.
I am sure all of you saw my letter last week sharing something very
personal with the Apple community. Unfortunately, the curiosity over my
personal health continues to be a distraction not only for me and my
family, but everyone else at Apple as well. In addition, during the
past week I have learned that my health-related issues are more complex
than I originally thought.
In order to take myself out of the limelight and focus on my health,
and to allow everyone at Apple to focus on delivering extraordinary
products, I have decided to take a medical leave of absence until the
end of June.
I have asked Tim Cook to be responsible for Apple's day to day
operations, and I know he and the rest of the executive management team
will do a great job. As CEO, I plan to remain involved in major
strategic decisions while I am out. Our board of directors fully
supports this plan.
Rest, relax, and get well soon, Mr. Jobs. We can't wait to see what new ideas come up when you get back. --Leslie Shapiro
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