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Silicon Valley elite, politicians honor Steve Jobs

COMMONER, OUT:Guests at the private memorial service included Bill Clinton, Al Gore and Larry Page, while guards shooed away curious passersby


Silicon Valley nobility and political heavyweights paid tribute to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs on Sunday at a private memorial service at Stanford University, local media said.

Security teams from Apple and Stanford along with local police officers cordoned off the main quad on campus, only granting access to those with invitations to the event in honor of Jobs, who died on Oct. 5.

Guests were directed to the university chapel for the service. Candles lined a path leading from the church to a museum, where a soiree in memory of the man behind iPhones, iPods, iPads and Macintosh computers was held afterwards.

Those seen arriving at the event included Google co-founder Larry Page, former US president Bill Clinton and former US vice president Al Gore, who is a member of the Apple board, local media reported.

Also seen were high-powered venture capitalists, the founders of US software maker Adobe and actor Tim Allen, who gave voice to character Buzz Lightyear in blockbuster Toy Story animated films made by Pixar, a studio created by Jobs.

Chauffeur-driven black cars and sports-utility vehicles, some with government plates, parked close to the chapel entrance as guards shooed away inquisitive passersby and people snapping pictures of attendees.

Some guests were ushered in through a heavily patrolled rear entrance to the small Romanesque and Byzantine style church at the center of campus.

The heir apparent of South Korea’s Samsung Group was due to attend the service despite the company’s ongoing legal battle with Apple, an industry source who declined to be named.

Jay Y. Lee, the son of chairman Lee Kun-hee and chief operating officer of Samsung Electronics, was attending in response to an invitation from Apple CEO Tim Cook, the source said, adding he was close to both Jobs and Cook.

While Apple was heavily managing the scene on Sunday, responses to invitations were directed to the Emerson Collective, a philanthropic organization founded by the Apple co-founder’s wife, Laurene Powell Jobs.

Jobs was also to be honored tomorrow at a memorial for Apple employees at the company’s headquarters.

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