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Saturday 24 March 2018

Steve Jobs: 'I admire Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg'

Steve Jobs. Photo: Getty Images
Steve Jobs. Photo: Getty Images

Emma Barnett

Steve Jobs expressed admiration for the Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, for not selling out and dominating the social networking space, his official biographer has revealed.According to Walter Isaacson, the Apple chief spoke about the young technology entrepreneur with respect.

Jobs told his biographer: “We talk about social networks in the plural, but I don’t see anybody other than Facebook out there. Just Facebook, They are dominating this. I admire Mark Zuckerberg . . . for not selling out, for wanting to make a company. I admire that a lot.”

These kind words were a stark contrast to the ones he reserved for the likes of Microsoft founder Bill Gates or for Google.

In the official biography, which is out today in the US, Jobs accused Gates of being “unimaginative”, saying: “Bill is basically unimaginative and has never invented anything, which is why I think he's more comfortable now in philanthropy than technology."

He also vowed to destroy Android, Google’s rival mobile phone operation.

“I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple's $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong,” he told Isaacson.

“I'm going to destroy Android, because it's a stolen product. I'm willing to go thermonuclear war on this."

However, in the outtakes of the CBS 60 Minute interview with Isaacson, the author revealed Jobs’s admiration for Zuckerberg.

When Jobs passed away, the Facebook founder and chief posted a message on his Facebook profile paying tribute to the late Apple founder.

He wrote: “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.”

Many have drawn comparisons between the two entrepreneurs, both of whom dropped out of college and ended up founding huge technology companies in their 20s.

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