Jobs Takes Medical Leave Again

Published: January 17th 2011
in Economics » World

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For the second time in as many years, Apple CEO Steve Jobs has announced that he will be taking a medical leave from the company, according to a letter sent to Apple employees from Jobs.


"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," Jobs says in the letter.  " 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." continues the letter.


The on-again, off-again, medical history of Jobs has been headline news since 2003, when Jobs was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  He underwent surgery, beat the cancer and managed to return to Apple without the company having felt any ill effects from his absence.  In 2008 speculations about his medical conditions returned when Jobs showed up at an Apple conference having lost significant weight.  He again took a leave of absence in 2009, which lasted 6 months, during which he had a liver transplant.  


Since Jobs' return from the liver transplant,  Apple has gone to become the world's largest tech company, and number 2 in US corporate value only to Exxon Mobil.  2010 was a hugely successful year for Apple with the introduction of the iPad and the iPhone 4.  Like it or not, Jobs is the face of apple.  He has legions of fans who believe that he's the reason for Apple's success, and whether or not his absence has any affect on the company itself (it won't), his absence will affect the company's positive outlook, at least for the short term.  

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