CUPERTINO, Calif. ( TheStreet) - Tributes, led by President Obama, have poured in for former Apple ( AAPL) CEO Steve Jobs, who passed away on Wednesday at age 56. President Obama described Jobs as "among the greatest of American innovators" in a statement released by the White House. "By building one of the planet's most successful companies from his garage, he exemplified the spirit of American ingenuity."
"The world has lost a visionary," added Obama. "And there may be no greater tribute to Steve's success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented." Cisco ( CSCO) CEO John Chambers also weighed in on Jobs' creative genius. "Steve Jobs did more than simply shape our concepts of technology and invention, he helped define our understanding of how great innovation and design can bring people closer together," he explained, in a blog. "I, and everyone at Cisco, am deeply saddened by Steve's loss." HP's ( HPQ) new CEO Meg Whitman described Jobs as an American business icon. "Steve Jobs was an iconic entrepreneur and businessman whose impact on technology was felt beyond Silicon Valley," she wrote, in a blog. "He will be remembered for the innovation he brought to market and the inspiration he brought to the world." "Steve, thank you for being a mentor and a friend," added Facebook CEO and Mark Zuckerberg, in a post on the social networking site. "Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world. I will miss you." -- Written by James Rogers in New York. >To follow the writer on Twitter, go to http://twitter.com/jamesjrogers. >To submit a news tip, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.