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Steve Jobs' Death: Warren Buffett, Other Business Leaders React

First Posted: 10/06/11 12:21 AM ET Updated: 12/05/11 05:12 AM ET

Hailed as a visionary innovator, Steve Jobs, CEO and co-founder of Apple, built the company in his image and changed the way users interact with computers, listen to music, and talk on their phones.

Almost immediately after news of his death became public on Apple’s website on Wednesday, reactions from politicians, celebrities and ordinary Americans began pouring in. Jobs’ fellow business leaders were also quick to react to news of the CEOs passing.

Statements and Twitter postings came from business leaders such as Jobs’ rival Microsoft CEO Bill Gates and famed billionaire investor Warren Buffett. In the messages, the business community praised Jobs both for his managerial and leadership skills as well as his ability to push just a little farther.

Here are business leaders’ reactions to Steve Jobs’ death:

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  • Disney President Bob Iger

    <a href="" target="_hplink">"Despite all he accomplished, it feels like he was just getting started"</a>

  • Berkshire Hathaway's Warren Buffett

    <a href="!/CNBC/status/121751880085946368" target="_hplink">"He was one of the most remarkable business managers and innovators in American business history."</a>

  • Microsoft's Bill Gates

    <a href="" target="_hplink">"The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come"</a>

  • NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg

    <a href="" target="_hplink">"Steve's passionate belief in the power of technology to transform the way we live brought us more than smart phones and iPads: it brought knowledge and power that is reshaping the face of civilization"</a>

  • News Corp.'s Rupert Murdoch

    <a href="" target="_hplink">"We lost one of the most influential thinkers, creators and entrepreneurs of all time."</a>

  • Recording Industry Assn. Of America's Cary Sherman

    <a href="" target="_hplink">"Like all music fans, we are saddened to hear of the passing of Steve Jobs. Steve was a larger-than-life personality -- passionate about music and one of its biggest fans and advocates. He was a true visionary who forever transformed how fans access and enjoy music."</a>

  • Hewlett-Packard's Meg Whitman

    <a href="" target="_hplink">"Steve Jobs was an iconic entrepreneur and businessman whose impact on technology was felt beyond Silicon Valley. He will be remembered for the innovation he brought to market and the inspiration he brought to the world."</a>

  • Time Warner's Jeff Bewkes

    <a href="" target="_hplink">"In a society that has seen incredible technological innovation during our lifetimes, Steve may be the one true icon whose legacy will be remembered for a thousand years."</a>

  • Google CEO Eric Schmidt

    <a href="!/CNBC/statuses/121759581172015104" target="_hplink">"Steve defined a generation of style and technology that's unlikely to be matched again."</a>

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