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Gordon Brown blocked knighthood for Steve Jobs, says MP

updated 09:35 am EST, Tue March 1, 2011

Apple CEO turned down invitation to Labour speech

Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown refused to knight Steve Jobs in 2009 because the Apple CEO turned down an invitation to speak at a Labour Party conference, a former senior MP in the party claims. The MP, who exited British parliament after the last election, put Jobs forward as a potential knight for services to technology. "Apple has been the only major global company to create stunning consumer products because it has always taken design as the key component of everything it has produced. No other CEO has consistently shown such a commitment," the person argues.

Apple is said to have been aware of the potential knighthood, which was allegedly nearing approval until it was halted by the PM's office at Downing Street. A representative from Downing allegedly told the MP directly that the failed Labour conference invitation was to blame. Brown may have seen Jobs' presence as a potential boost to Labour and his own election prospects.

Jobs' denial could be considered a snub in part because of some of the other people who have received knighthoods. In 2005 the title was granted to Bill Gates, the founder of long-time Apple rival Microsoft. Other American tech company leaders which have received knighthoods include Cecil Green, the now-deceased founder of Texas Instruments, and Louis Gerstner, IBM's CEO between 1993 and 2002.

by MacNN Staff





  1. kerryb

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I don't understand how you can be knighted by England's queen if you are not subject to her rule? Is this the UK's version of a Nobel prize? Can anyone explain this?

    PS so glad that nonsense is illegal in the USA.

  1. vintagegeek

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Oh well. I'm sure Steve is really bent out of shape on this one. Next subject please.

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    yeah right who cares

    I would be surprised if Steve Jobs really gives two s.hits about being knighted. A relic of a long-gone era.

  1. chippie

    Joined: Dec 1969



    You use the internet, search for the info about knighting if you want to know.

  1. MyRightEye

    Joined: Dec 1969


    s**** the State

    He's OUR knight in shining armor, and we don't need your approval.

  1. efithian

    Joined: Dec 1969



    That's it! I'm not buying anything made in GB. We'll show them! Wait, do they actually make anything?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: yeah right who cares

    I would be surprised if Steve Jobs really gives two s.hits about being knighted. A relic of a long-gone era

    It's an honor from the government for a person. You know, like the stupid "Presidential Medal of Freedom" in the US they hand out every year for who the h*** knows what. Or the stupid "Let's put people up in the crowd so I can speak about them during the State of the Union Address" idiocy. Or any of 600 things they do to pay some political debt or mend some fences or the like.

    It's as meaningful or meaningless as you want it to be.

  1. ggirton

    Joined: Dec 1969


    that's the trouble with chivalry

    in the first place. It's fundamental context is a class based society in which honor and privilege is bestowed only upon some, and not upon others. This "snub" would appear to represent the classic case of meretricious chivalry at work.

  1. ilovestevejobs

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Only deserving people deserve such a distinguished honour which Steve Blowjobs sadly isn't. I for one am applauding this :)

  1. macnixer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Who cares?

    An author and poet Rabindranath Tagore from India who also won The Nobel Prize in Literature 1913 had returned his knighthood for the killing of innocent people in Punjab. Read the letter here:

    I am glad that Steve Jobs does not have to live with the abhorred title. For me the British honors are equal to accepting the feudalistic social status. I do not accept monarchies and do not respect them.

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