Steve Jobs knighthood blocked by UK Government

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Gordon Brown, the then-Prime Minister for the UK, is reportedly to have blocked a knighthood for Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs two years ago. Why? Because he turned down an invite to speak at the Labour Party’s conference, according to a former MP.

Talking to the UK’s The Telegraph, he was nominated for revolutionising the technology industry in recent years with the iPhone and iPad, and have created a boom in internet usage for mobile devices. However, he was rejected by Downing Street.

“Apple has been the only major global company to create stunning consumer products because it has always taken design as the key component of everything it has produced,” the unnamed MP, who left Parliament in last year’s election, said.

“No other CEO has consistently shown such a commitment.”

It should be noted this is speculation and not the actual reason why his knighthood has been rejected. Microsoft’s former CEO Bill Gates has been knighted for not only his business work but also for his philanthropy record in trying to reduce poverty. It could be that simply being the guy who has launched one phone that has made it easier to connect to the internet is not a good enough reason.

Though, should Steve Jobs be knighted?

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