After the sales projections were read out, Jobs said he had something very personal to share. Tim Cook, who had been Job’s confidante, and acted as CEO in his earlier leave of absence, asked him whether he and other top managers should move out of the boardroom. Jobs paused, then decided that they should, writes Isaacson.
Once the room was cleared, Jobs read out: “I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.” There was a long silence. While Gore and Levinson praised Jobs’, Campbell’s eye trickled.
I find it interesting that stories like this (along with Mona Simpson’s moving eulogy) have started to trickle out. It shows just how well Jobs and Apple kept his declining months respectfully private.