Al Gore on Steve Jobs: He’s The Kind of Guy That Comes Along Once Every 250 Years (Video)
As an Apple board member, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore spent a lot of time with company co-founder Steve Jobs, who passed away earlier this month. During an interview at AsiaD today, Gore reflected on Jobs’s legacy and Apple’s future without him.
“There’s no one like Steve,” Gore said of Jobs. “He’s the kind of guy that comes along once every 250 years. He was totally unique. So obviously his death is a terrible loss for the entire world. And we’ll all miss him. But his legacy lives on.
“I think that among his many tremendous breakthrough inventions, the Macintosh, the iPod, the iPhone, iPad, the iPhone with Siri, Pixar, you can go right down the list,” Gore says. “Among them all, I actually think his greatest work was Apple itself. The most valuable company in the world, swapping back and forth with Exxon Mobil.”
Gore continues … “But more important than all that, he created an organization and inspired it, that really creates technology that people literally love. And the emotional attachment that people have to the degree of excellence embodied in Apple’s products is really quite unique and extraordinary. And that’s going to continue. There’s so many things in the pipeline, and the team that he built is hitting on all cylinders. It is, in my opinion, the best in the world, bar none. …You can go right across the list and every single one of them is world class. Every single one of them could be the CEO of a major corporation.”