Steve Jobs Takes Medical Leave of Absence

January 17, 2011 |  by  |  Breaking News
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Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced that he will be taking a medical leave of absence.

It’s not clear as to what the reason is for Job’s medical leave this time around, but in 2004 Jobs got Pancreatic Cancer, which he thankfully beat. Then he underwent a liver transplant in 2009. He also made a full recovery on that.

Jobs emailed a memo to all Apple employees today. Here’s what it said:


At my request, the board of directors has granted me a medical leave of absence so I can focus on my health. I will continue as CEO and be involved in major strategic decisions for the company.

I have asked Tim Cook to be responsible for all of Apple’s day to day operations. I have great confidence that Tim and the rest of the executive management team will do a terrific job executing the exciting plans we have in place for 2011.

I love Apple so much and hope to be back as soon as I can. In the meantime, my family and I would deeply appreciate respect for our privacy.


Jobs has had bad luck with his health in the past few years. He’s fought Pancreatic cancer and has also survived a liver transplant.

This announcement comes just a day before Apple releases their fourth quarter and 2010 earnings. If they are at a loss, it’s probably a good thing that Jobs isn’t around to face an angry mob of investors.

Let’s hope he gets well soon. The world needs its Apple a day!


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