Steve Jobs’ health has long been a topic of discussion among both tech sites, and people who own stock in Apple. It’s no secret that Jobs, to all intents and purposes, IS Apple, and investors know this, such that every time there’s a rumour about his health, Apple’s stock takes a nosedive.
Well, Jobs has come out and set the record straight, blaming a “hormone imbalance” for his weight loss. In an open letter on the Apple website, Steve has laid out the reasons why he’s been looking a little peaky. He’s undergoing treatment for his ‘mystery illness’, and says he reckons he’ll be back to normal by late Spring. The full text of the letter is over the jump.
Dear Apple Community,
For the first time in a decade, I’m getting to spend the holiday season with my family, rather than intensely preparing for a Macworld keynote.
Unfortunately, my decision to have Phil deliver the Macworld keynote set off another flurry of rumors about my health, with some even publishing stories of me on my deathbed.
I’ve decided to share something very personal with the Apple community so that we can all relax and enjoy the show tomorrow.
As many of you know, I have been losing weight throughout 2008. The reason has been a mystery to me and my doctors. A few weeks ago, I decided that getting to the root cause of this and reversing it needed to become my #1 priority.
Fortunately, after further testing, my doctors think they have found the cause–a hormone imbalance that has been “robbing” me of the proteins my body needs to be healthy. Sophisticated blood tests have confirmed this diagnosis.
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.
Apple’s stock has already jumped back up 25%. It’ll be interesting to see what happens to it after what looks to be a rather uneventful Macworld. It’ll also be interesting to see if this finally extinguishes the rumour mill – I rather suspect it won’t.
In other news, is calling the whole thing a “PR Stunt” a little harsh? Let us know your opinion in the comments.
Jobs’ Letter (via @charlesarthur)