Business, political leaders condole Steve death

New York: The world today mourned the death of Apple`s iconic visionary Steve Jobs, with CEOs and political leaders describing him as a "genius" whose ideas will continue to shape the world for generations to come.

Facebook`s Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook page, "Steve, thank you for being a mentor and a friend. Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world. I will miss you."

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said America today lost a genius who will be remembered in the same breath as Edison and Einstein, and whose ideas will shape the world for generations to come.

"In New York City`s government, everyone from street construction inspectors to NYPD detectives have harnessed Apple?s products to do their jobs more efficiently and intuitively."

Expressing his condolences, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said it had "been an insanely great honour" to work with Jobs, his long-time rival.

"I am truly saddened to learn of Steve Jobs` death.

Melinda and I extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends, and to everyone Steve has touched through his work."

Gates said he had first met Steve nearly 30 years ago, and the two had been "colleagues, competitors and friends over the course of more than half our lives."

He said the world rarely sees someone who has had the "profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come. For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it?s been an insanely great honour. I will miss Steve immensely." .