Steve Jobs

Has just released the following statement

Dear Apple Community,

For the first time in a decade, I’m getting to spend the holiday season with my family, rather than intensely preparing for a Macworld keynote.

Unfortunately, my decision to have Phil deliver the Macworld keynote set off another flurry of rumors about my health, with some even publishing stories of me on my deathbed.

I’ve decided to share something very personal with the Apple community so that we can all relax and enjoy the show tomorrow.

As many of you know, I have been losing weight throughout 2008. The reason has been a mystery to me and my doctors. A few weeks ago, I decided that getting to the root cause of this and reversing it needed to become my #1 priority.

Fortunately, after further testing, my doctors think they have found the cause — a hormone imbalance that has been “robbing” me of the proteins my body needs to be healthy. Sophisticated blood tests have confirmed this diagnosis.

The remedy for this nutritional problem is relatively simple and straightforward, and I’ve already begun treatment. But, just like I didn’t lose this much weight and body mass in a week or a month, my doctors expect it will take me until late this Spring to regain it. I will continue as Apple’s CEO during my recovery.

I have given more than my all to Apple for the past 11 years now. I will be the first one to step up and tell our Board of Directors if I can no longer continue to fulfill my duties as Apple’s CEO. I hope the Apple community will support me in my recovery and know that I will always put what is best for Apple first.

So now I’ve said more than I wanted to say, and all that I am going to say, about this.


At least it’s not a recurrence of cancer. The market seems to be ok with it, AAPL is up in premarket.

5 thoughts on “Steve Jobs”

  1. I know all cases of personal health are different but my dad had hormone imbalance issues similar to those cited by Steve Jobs. He lasted four years from the time the hormone problems were treated. The hormonal imbalance came on the heels of a chemical cocktail used to treat his prostrate cancer.

  2. I’d be unhappy if I was an Apple shareholder, clearly they were lied to when Apple said him pulling out of MacWorld had nothing to do with ill health. It would appear it was.

    I just don’t understand why they don’t change Job’s role, move him to chief evangelist or something and install a successor and you stop all these issues without damaging anything at all.

  3. Unfortunately I think it is likely not a hormone imbalance unless you are defining hormone to include insulin. He had pancreatic cancer and as you all know the pancreas is what controls the production of insulin. I hope I’m wrong but…

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