Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown Refused to 'Knight' Steve Jobs

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Steve Jobs might be considered a worthy pioneer in America, but in the United Kingdom, the high-tech guru still holds the title of a common man.

Back in 2009, Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown reportedly refused to grant the Apple CEO the honorary knighthood status after Jobs passed up an opportunity to speak at a Labour Party conference, which would have been a huge coup for Brown.

Jobs, who is currently on medical leave, was supposed to be recognized by Downing Street for his creation of revolutionizing devices in recent years, including the iPhone and the iPad. But it's now being revealed that the American tech hero was snubbed, despite the fact that his longtime rival Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, received the knighthood status in 2005.
British news outlets are reporting that Apple was fully aware of the proposed title, which was crafted all the way to the final stages of approval before Downing Street did an about face.

Yet a spokesman for Brown is denying that the former prime minister kept Jobs from receiving the title of "Sir."

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I don't know why you have "Knight" in quotes. That's what it's called when you bestow a knighthood on someone. But the title of "Sir" is only used for holders of both a knighthood and UK citizenship: Bill Gates and Bob Geldof, for example, are not called "Sir" even though they're both KBEs.

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