Apple boss insists he will step down if necessary

Steve Jobs admits ill health

Steve Jobs, CEO and co-founder of hugely popular technology firm Apple, has today answered questions surrounding his health, announcing that a recently diagnosed hormone imbalance caused him to lose weight throughout 2008.

The latest wave of speculation regarding Job’s physical condition was sparked by the announcement that he would not be personally delivering the keynote at the Macworld Conference for the first time in a decade.

The last couple of years have seen numerous rumours of a similar type, which are often followed by significant slumps in Apple share prices – indicating how integral the man is seen to the firm’s financial success.

Jobs insisted that during his recovery – which doctors do not expect to be complete until much later this year – he will remain as operational CEO, but that he would be the first to tell the board of directors if he could “no longer fulfil [his] duties.”

“As we have said before, if there ever comes a day when Steve wants to retire or for other reasons cannot continue to fulfill his duties as Apple’s CEO, you will know it,” read a statement from the board itself.

In an open letter to the Apple community, Jobs said: “The remedy for this nutritional problem is relatively simple and straightforward, and I’ve already begun treatment. But, just like I didn’t lose this much weight and body mass in a week or a month, my doctors expect it will take me until late this Spring to regain it. I will continue as Apple’s CEO during my recovery.

"I have given more than my all to Apple for the past 11 years now. I will be the first one to step up and tell our Board of Directors if I can no longer continue to fulfill my duties as Apple’s CEO. I hope the Apple community will support me in my recovery and know that I will always put what is best for Apple first. So now I’ve said more than I wanted to say, and all that I am going to say, about this.”

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