Steve Jobs on medical leave from AppleJobs to continue to make major strategic decisions

18 January 2011

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An email leaked to American news website The Huffington Post yesterday reveals Steve Jobs, co-founder and head of Apple, is on medical leave from his job at Apple.

The email, which Jobs sent to Apple employees, starts:

'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.' 

He added that Tim Cook, chief operating officer at Apple, will assume his day-to-day duties and that he hoped to return as soon as he could.

Recent ill health

This is the second time Jobs has taken time out from Apple due to ill health. In July 2004 he underwent a successful procedure to remove a tumour in his pancreas. Nearly three years later, in January 2009, he took a six-month leave of absence to focus on his health - described as being more complicated that originally imagined - and received a liver transplant in April the same year. 

Jobs' health has often been a source of speculation since his first complications in 2004, and Apple's stock dropped 6.4% on Monday after the news broke. Apple is expected to announce a 50% jump in quarterly sales today, fuelled largely by the iPhone and iPad.

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