Steve Jobs Memorial Attended by Elite

Friends, family and dignitaries joined the elite of Silicon Valley and Hollywood on Sunday night at Stanford to remember Steve Jobs.

Security was extremely tight on campus beginning at 5 p.m. ahead of the 6:30 p.m. service. The invited guests needed their invitation to get through the barricades, and only vehicles with a special placard got on to certain streets.

Google's Larry Page learned that the hard way. Page and his wife reportedly had to talk their way through after leaving their invitation at home.  The Mercury News said the delay caused a stir as at least one local recognized one of the richest men in the world and pulled out his camera to snap some photos.

Even the morning after the service, Apple would not comment on the service other than to say it was a private event.

Among the guest sightings Sunday night:

  • Gov. Jerry Brown 
  • Bill and Hillary Clinton
  • Al Gore
  • Rupert Murdoch
  • Bill Gates
  • Larry Ellison
  • Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel
  • Adobe co-founders Chueck Geschke and John Warnock
  • Actor Tim Allen
  • Actor Stephen Frey
  • Bono
  • Singer Joan Baez

Jobs was the mastermind behind devices most of us touch several times a day including the iPhone, the iPad and most recently the iPhone 4S. 


He died Oct. 5 at age 56 at his home in Palo Alto after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

The service was held at Stanford University's Memorial Church. Security started moving people out of the area at 5 p.m. 

Guests were still on campus past 10 p.m. as they gathered for a private reception at a nearby by art gallery.
There is also a memorial service scheduled at Apple's Cupertino campus on Wednesday. Apple stores in the Bay Area will open one hour later that day so that employees can watch a live stream of that memorial.  It is only open to Apple employees.

No public memorials were planned for the Silicon Valley icon.

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