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Stars come out for late Apple chief's memorial service

By: Henry Brier
Posted: 10/17/2011 3:37:00 AM
Referenced Stocks: AAPL;DELL;MSFT;ORCL

High-profile mourners attended Sunday's private service for Steve Jobs, Apple 's ( AAPL ) co-founder, chief executive officer and visionary, according to published reports.

Hosted by the Memorial Church at Stanford University, where Jobs delivered a renowned commencement address in Spring 2005, the funeral service attracted political luminaries, Silicon Valley leaders and pop culture stars, according to Reuters. Former President Bill Clinton; former Vice President Al Gore, who also is a member of the Apple Board of Directors; chief executives Larry Ellison and Michael Dell of Oracle ( ORCL ) and Dell ( DELL ), co-founder of Microsoft ( MSFT ) Bill Gates and U2 front man Bono were among the guests at the heavily guarded service.

"I don't know that there was ever a more beautiful memorial service," states a Twitter message by British actor Stephen Fry, according to The New York Times. "Everyone who spoke did so with such passion and love and simplicity."

Jobs died of complications from pancreatic cancer on October 5, less than six weeks after resigning as chief executive officer and elevating to chairman of the board. He left the CEO opening to Tim Cook, who also was in attendance at Sunday's service.

The company Jobs built will hold a private ceremony this Wednesday at the Cupertino, California , headquarters, The Times reports.