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Queen Elizabeth II died on Thursday afternoon at the age of 96. Her death was confirmed by Buckingham Palace on Thursday via an official announcement on the royal family’s website.
Friends, family, world leaders and prominent business leaders around the world expressed their condolences and admiration for the Queen throughout her 70-year reign.
Here are some of the most moving tributes from top entrepreneurs around the world.
Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft
I feel honored to have met A.M. Queen Elizabeth and I am very sorry to hear of her death. My deepest condolences to the Royal Family and the British people. https://t.co/fPbpAt5ILv
— Bill Gates (@BillGates) September 8, 2022
Tim Cook, CEO of Apple
There is nothing nobler than devoting your life to the service of others. We stand with the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth to honor the life and devotion to duty of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. May she rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/GkLpqyovlh
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) September 8, 2022
Nick Clegg, President of Global Affairs at Meta
Queen Elizabeth’s stoicism and sense of duty have been a calming and stabilizing influence through the ups and downs of many turbulent decades, and her devotion to the people of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth has been unconditional. pic.twitter.com/l6uiLyVXD6
— Nick Clegg (@nickclegg) September 8, 2022
Melinda Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Spanning nearly three-quarters of a century – and a world transformed many times over – His Majesty’s reign was unparalleled. I will appreciate the kindness Queen Elizabeth II has shown to our family and the remarkable leadership, resilience and example she has set for us all. pic.twitter.com/MVLWQjXmzL
— Melinda French Gates (@melindagates) September 8, 2022
Paris Hilton, entrepreneur and media personality
The original girl boss. One of the most inspiring women. The end of an era. RIP https://t.co/WZWpGIaXoH
— ParisHilton (@ParisHilton) September 8, 2022
Robert Iger, former Disney CEO
The world has lost an extraordinary person, Queen Elizabeth. I always respected and appreciated her energy, her dedication, her fortitude… her deep sense of duty… and the fact that she loved her job and her people loved her. The true and sad end of an era….
— Robert Iger (@RobertIger) September 8, 2022
Bethenny Frankel, Founder and CEO of Skinnygirl
RIP Queen Elizabeth. We will miss you. You are beloved…a queen, a mother, a grandmother, a legend, who has shown grace, patience, respect, honor and true leadership to your country that adores you. The world has lost the rarest most beautiful diamond the crown has ever seen.
— Bethenny Frankel (@Bethenny) September 8, 2022
Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon
I can think of no one who personifies the duty better. My deepest condolences to all Britons who are mourning her death today. https://t.co/rCkagaglET
— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) September 8, 2022