Steve Jobs, the former Apple CEO and current chairman has died after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 56.

"Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being," read a statement on Apple's website. "Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor."

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, a former Apple board member, called Jobs the best CEO of the past 50 years — perhaps 100 years.

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