Is Steve Job's ill?

Update: so Jobs is OK, just suffering from the long term effects of the pancreatic cancer surgery and the added complication of being a vegetarian, which is good news

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By  Mark Sutton Published  July 24, 2008

Update: so Jobs is OK, just suffering from the long term effects of the pancreatic cancer surgery and the added complication of being a vegetarian, which is good news.

But Apple still need to address the succession issue and give more prominence to other execs and leaders within Apple. Companies carried on the shoulders of just one man tend to collapse without that man.

Apple's financial results, released today, may have disappointed Wall Street with a prediction for Q4 revenue of $7.8 billion, lower than market expectations, but more worrying is the renewed speculation about CEO Steve Jobs' health.

Jobs, who had successful treatment for pancreatic cancer in 2004, is said to be looking worryingly thin, leading to rumours that he might be ill again.

Apple's track record in this area isn't the best. When Jobs was ill before, Apple chose to cover up the fact for nine months, claiming he merely had a 'bug'. This time around, Apple dismissed an enquiry from an analyst saying that Jobs' health is a private matter - which is no sort of answer.

Speculation about the health of a CEO isn't pleasant, but, especially when a company is so focused around a single person, their presence becomes vital to ongoing operations. Jobs iconic status and leadership in innovation has been estimated to be worth in the tens of billions to Apple. Here's hoping Jobs is alright.

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