Steve Jobs needs a successor

The Wall Street Journal reported last week that Steve Jobs, the  head of Apple, had a liver transplant two months ago after treatment for pancreatic cancer. If we look at how Microsoft prepared for the retirement of Bill Gates, with Steve Ballmer taking a very public role and Gates sitting back as chief software architect, it is clear that Apple has done little to prepare the company, its shareholders and its fanatical users for a suitably charistmatic successor.

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