The US government announced this in a press release on the recent presentation of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The award ceremony will be held on July 7 in a festive setting.
Apart from jobs, 16 public figures who have made a name for themselves in politics, business or social work are also honoured. American media reports that Steve Jobs has been selected for this award only now. Posthumous honors are not uncommon.
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In a statement on the White House website, the administration explained why it chose Jobs — and other honorees — for the award. there Apple co-founder says:
“Steve Jobs (d. 2011) co-founder, CEO and chairman Apple, Inc. and CEO of Pixar and has held senior roles at The Walt Disney Company. His vision, imagination and creativity led to inventions that changed the way the world communicates, as well as the computer, music, film and mobile industries.
The Presidential Medal of Honor is awarded to individuals who have made a major impact on American society. In recent years, former central chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel and, in the 1940s, Marlene Dietrich. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is one of America’s highest honors.
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