Actors, Musicians, CEOs and Former Presidents Pay Respects at Steve Jobs Memorial


Stanford Memorial Church courtesy of Jill Clardy on Flickr
Stanford Memorial Church courtesy of Jill Clardy on Flickr

A Steve Jobs memorial held at Stanford Memorial Church on Sunday attracted a huge number of people who came to pay their respects to Apple’s former CEO and co-founder. Among them were a long list of celebrities, musicians, CEOs, and even a former president.

While Apple has remained relatively secretive about the event, Apple 2.0 claims to have obtained a list of names who attended the event, including former U.S. president Bill Clinton; U.S. vice president Al Gore, who is a current member of Apple’s board of directors; actor Tim Allen, who plays Buzz Lightyear in the Toy Story movies; British actor Stephen Fry; and Bono, lead singer of the band U2.

CEOs and chairmen from rival companies also turned out to pay their respects, including Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft; Larry Page, CEO of Google; John Warnock and Chuck Geschke, Adobe co-founders; Larry Ellison, Oracle CEO; and Michael Dell, CEO of Dell.

Sunday’s memorial allowed a huge number of people to come and pay their respects to Steve, while a smaller service for close friends and family members was held earlier this month, just days after Steve passed away.

The list of memorial attendees, according to Apple 2.0, included:

  • Tim Allen, actor
  • Joan Baez, folksinger
  • Bono, U2 frontman
  • Bill Campbell, chairman of Intuit
  • Bill Clinton, former President
  • Ron Conway, founder of Angel Investors
  • Tim Cook, Apple CEO
  • Michael Dell, CEO of Dell
  • Rahm Emmanuel, mayor of Chicago
  • Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle
  • Scott Forstall, Apple senior vice president
  • Stephen Fry, actor
  • Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft
  • Chuck Geschke, Adobe co-founder
  • Al Gore, former Vice President
  • John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Pixar
  • Jon Miller, chief technical officer of News Corp.
  • Rupert Murdoch, CEO of News Corp.
  • Larry Page, CEO of Google
  • Maria Shriver, former first lady of California
  • Larry Sonsini, Silicon Valley attorney
  • John Warnock, Adobe co-founder
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  • Alain

    Interesting that this memorial was in a church when he was a buddhist.

  • samkennedy

    I thought the same thing when I first heard about the location. DOes anyone know if Woz was there?

  • prof_peabody

    The funeral/memorial is for the survivors, not the dead.  

    The reality is that once you are dead, your wishes and who you were in life are more or less secondary.  You “belong to the ages” if you were famous, or to your surviving relatives if not.  

  • TylerHoj

    I believe Woz already attended the personal funeral for family and friends. 

  • Gerard

    What about Jonathan Ive???

  • Alain

    Valid point that funeral and memorials are for the survivors but that being said most of the time survivors of Christian deceased will have their funerals in Churches, survivors of Buddhists deceased in Buddhist Temple, …
    Just an observation.  I am not trying to put any significance to this observation.  His survivors are allowed to do what ever they thought appropriate and respectful to pay him tribute and help their grieving process.

  • prof_peabody

    True.  I was possibly belabouring the minor point I made.  :)

  • Slash_Cynic

    Wasn’t Steve Jobs an Atheist?

  • ErinsDad

    If you ever get a chance to visit this church, you’ll be amazed by it’s beauty.  It’s a remarkable building, inside and out.  Worth the trip if you’re in the area.  Seems a fitting place to celebrate Steve.

  • baby_Twitty

    I don’t see how readers cant understand that this is an UNOFFICIAL Attendance list.

    It might not be 100% accurate and is certainly NOT complete. And so there is NO POINT in speculating on who did or did not attend.

    And dont get me started on the location! The service was for MEMORIAL, not for the worshipping of any god. So again, there is NO NEED to stray into any religious discussion here.

    Rest In peace Steve, your vision lives on.

  • Phil

    He was Buddhist. I believe Zen, I take it buddhist temples are hard to come by in these parts of the world so some Christians and Catholics are nice and let us use it for meditation and other things.

  • LambOfTheCloth

    Well, and also the official service for his family and friends was quite some time ago, I imagine in traditional Buddhist fashion. This was probably more a non-religious ceremony held in an open-observational space. I’ve had a Buddhist friend pass and they did something similar for more extended friends after a very private Buddhist ceremony.

  • Alain

    May I ask – do you mean that you have been in this Church.  Looks nice.  Thanks.

  • Alain

    By the way, no one asked you to “get started on the location”.  We are just commenting on the location and how nice the building look from the outside.  People have the right to make such observations.

  • HerbalEd

    Actually it’s not interesting at all.