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Steve Jobs had liver transplant, recovering well

NEW YORK — Apple Inc. co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs received a liver transplant two months ago and is recovering well, the Wall Street Journal reported Saturday.

The newspaper didn't reveal a source for the report, which comes as Jobs, 54, is expected back in his day-to-day duties at the company shortly. CNBC said later that it had confirmed the Journal's account, which said the transplant was performed in Tennessee.

Apple spokesman Steve Dowling only said what has become Apple's standard line about the CEO's health, that "Steve continues to look forward to returning to Apple at the end of June and there is nothing further to say."

Jobs took a medical leave in January. He disclosed in August 2004 that he had been diagnosed with — and cured of — a rare form of pancreatic cancer.

The Journal reported that at least some Apple directors were aware of the transplant.

Few CEOs are considered as instrumental to their companies as Jobs. With him serving as head showman and demanding elegance in product design, Apple has expanded from a niche computer maker to become the dominant producer of portable music players and a huge player in the cell phone business. News and rumors about his health send Apple stock soaring or plunging.

Steve Jobs had liver transplant, recovering well 06/20/09 [Last modified: Saturday, June 20, 2009 10:42pm]

    

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