The co-founder and former CEO of tech giant Apple Steve Jobs will get the Presidential Medal of Freedom posthumously on July 7 at the White House by US President Joe Biden. Biden named 17 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the late tech honcho in one of them.
Jobs co-founded Apple in 1975, developing some of the first mainstream personal computers, before resigning from the company in 1985. He rejoined in 1997 and led the development of products including the iPod and the iPhone. Jobs was also a co-founder of Pixar, the animated movie company that is now part of Disney. Jobs died in 2011 at age 56 after a battle with cancer.
Medal Of Freedom
The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made exemplary contributions to the prosperity, values, or security of the US, world peace, or other significant societal, public, or private endeavors.
White House About Steve Jobs
“His vision, imagination, and creativity led to inventions that have, and continue to, change the way the world communicates, as well as transforming the computer, music, film, and wireless industries,” the White House said in a statement.
Other Notable Recipients Of Medal Of Freedom This Year
Other notable recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom announced on Friday, July 1, 2022, include:
- Olympic gymnastics champion Simone Biles
- Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords
- The late Sen. John McCain
- World Cup and Olympic soccer champion Megan Rapinoe
- Actor Denzel Washington
You can see the full list here.