Apple's iconic CEO has been many things – person of the year, CEO of the decade included, but he was never named an honorary knight. In 2009, Steve Jobs was decided worthy and was close to being honored, but – alas – it was somewhere around then when he refused to speak at a Labour Party conference, which caused British Prime Minister Gordon Brown to change his mind and block the knighthood. The information, quoted by The Telegraph, comes from a former senior Labour MP.
“Apple has been the only major global company to create stunning consumer products because it has always taken design as the key component of everything it has produced,” Brown said at the time. By some lucky coincidence it is the London-born Jonathan Ive heading the design department over at Cupertino. And while Brown's statement acknowledges Jobs “services to technology”, it doesn't make up for the fact that former Microsoft CEO "Sir" Bill Gates from Microsoft received knighthood. Well, with the iPad 2 expected to be unveiled tomorrow, Apple's CEO might have one more chance to prove the British PM wrong.
source: The Telegraph