‘She’s earned her rest’: Business leaders react to the death of Queen Elizabeth II

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Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates with Queen Elizabeth II in 2005 at Buckingham Palace, after Bill was awarded an honorary knighthood. The couple has since divorced.

  • Queen Elizabeth II died Thursday at 96, after a seven-decade reign.
  • Business leaders and personalities responded to the news.
  • Initial reactions included Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.
Jeff Bezos, founder and executive chairman of Amazon, paid his condolences.

Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos addresses the audience during a keynote session at the Amazon Re:MARS conference on robotics and artificial intelligence at the Aria Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 6, 2019.
Jeff Bezos

"I can think of no one who better personified duty," Bezos said. "My deepest condolences to all the Brits mourning her passing today."

Nick Clegg, president of global affairs at Meta and the UK's former deputy prime minister, said that her "stoicism and sense of duty was a calming and stabilising influence."

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"Queen Elizabeth's stoicism and sense of duty was a calming and stabilising influence throughout the ups and downs of many tumultuous decades, and her devotion to the people of the UK and the Commonwealth was unconditional," he wrote on LinkedIn. "As Deputy Prime Minister and Lord President of the Privy Council, I had the great privilege of experiencing her wit and wisdom first hand. Today is a sad day for our country but her legacy will live on for many generations to come."

Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote that "there is nothing more noble than to devote your life to the service of others."

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks at an Apple event at their headquarters in Cupertino, California, U.S. September 10, 2019.
Apple CEO Tim Cook.

There is nothing more noble than to devote your life to the service of others," Cook tweeted. "We stand with the people of the UK and Commonwealth in honoring the life and dedication to duty of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. May she rest in peace."

Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates said that he was "honored" to have met Queen Elizabeth II.

Bill Gates
Bill Gates

"I feel honored to have met HM Queen Elizabeth, and I am very sad to hear of her passing," Gates tweeted. "My deepest condolences to the Royal Family and the British people."

Melinda French Gates, cofounder and cochair of The Gates Foundation, said that "Her Majesty's was a reign without equal."

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Melinda French Gates speaks onstage at a February 2019 event.

"Spanning nearly three-quarters of a century — and a world transformed many times over — Her Majesty's was a reign without equal," Gates wrote on LinkedIn. "I will cherish the kindnesses that Queen Elizabeth II extended to our family and the remarkable leadership, resilience, and example she showed us all." 

Bob Iger, former Disney CEO and chairman, said that he "always respected and appreciated her energy, dedication, fortitude …"

Walt Disney former CEO and Chairman Robert Iger speaks onstage during Vox Media's 2022 Code Conference.
Walt Disney former CEO and Chairman Robert Iger speaks onstage during Vox Media's 2022 Code Conference.

"The world has lost an extraordinary person, Queen Elizabeth," Iger tweeted. "I always respected and appreciated her energy, dedication, fortitude…her deep sense of duty….and the fact that she loved her job and her people loved her back. The true and sad end of an era…."

Jake Paul, a social-media personality and founder of the sports-betting app Betr, tweeted "dignity defined" in response.

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Dignity defined," Paul said. "An inspirational leader for many generations. Rest In Peace Queen Elizabeth II."

Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and its parent company Alphabet, said that the Queen "will be missed."

Google CEO Sundar Pichai talking

"Sending our deepest condolences to the people of the UK and around the world mourning the passing of Queen Elizabeth II," Pichai said. "Her steadfast leadership and public service have been a constant through many of our lifetimes. She will be missed."

Harry Potter creator JK Rowling, the first billionaire author, said that she "earned her rest."

JK Rowling.
JK Rowling at the "Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore" World Premiere in March 2022.

"Some may find the outpouring of British shock and grief at this moment quaint or odd, but millions felt affection and respect for the woman who uncomplainingly filled her constitutional role for seventy years," Rowling tweeted.

She added: "Most British people have never known another monarch, so she's been a thread winding through all our lives. She did her duty by the country right up until her dying hours, and became an enduring, positive symbol of Britain all over the world. She's earned her rest."

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