Steve Jobs, 56 years, the founder and chairman of Apple Inc died on Wednesday in Palo Alto, surrounded by his family. The circumstances of his passing were unclear, but Jobs has had a long battle with cancer and other health issues.

Apple, the company's Jobs and friend Steve Wozniak started in a garage in Cupertino, Calif., about 35 years ago, now sits at the top of the high-tech industry in terms of market capitalization, growth prospects and shareholder returns.

Further, in the decade since Jobs returned to the helm of the company he originally founded, Apple's fortunes have been revitalized. Jobs has overseen its transformation from Microsoft's poor relation to become one of the most successful and influential companies in the world. Under Jobs' stewardship, Apple has made a significant dent in Microsoft's dominance of the home computing market, as well as churned out an endless stream of beautifully designed, cutting-edge gadgets, such as the iPod range of music players and iPhone mobile device.

Although Jobs told staff he planned to remain involved in major strategic decisions during his five-month absence, there are some analysts who are questioning whether Jobs will ever return to full-time duties with Apple. When Jobs was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2003, he only took a few weeks off work to recover from life-saving surgery.

One of his famous quotes, proud to be a fool in people's eyes, stays hungry, stay foolish and don't lose your faith ..... R.I.P Mr. Steve.