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Bill Campbell (1940 - 2016)

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Bill Campbell (1940 - 2016)

Bill Campbell, a mentor to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and other Silicon Valley CEOs, has died, according to The Associated Press. He was 75.

His death Monday was confirmed by the venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, which spoke on behalf of the Campbell family.

He was not widely known outside of Silicon Valley, but his leadership skills left a significant impact on the world from his work with Apple and Google to Amazon, Intuit, and many startups.

Campbell was an important mentor to Google co-founder Larry Page and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

"A very sad day. My deepest condolences to his family. Bill was instrumental as a mentor — for me, for Google, for all Valley entrepreneurs," Alphabet Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said in a tweet today.

"Bill Campbell was a coach and mentor to many of us at Apple, and a member of our family for decades as an executive, advisor and ultimately a member of our board," Apple said in a statement.


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The native of Homestead, Pennsylvania, was the head football coach at Columbia University from 1974 until 1979.

Campbell helped raise millions for school districts in his home state of Pennsylvania, including $8.7 million to create a foundation for academic and structural improvements.

"Profoundly sad to hear Bill Campbell has died. Feel lucky to have been coached by him. We shared a love for Butte, Montana & fly fishing," Dave Morin, CEO of social network Path and a former Facebook executive, said in a tweet.

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