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Lord Alan Sugar hails 'visionary' Steve Jobs

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Lord Alan Sugar has praised the late Steve Jobs one year on from his death.

The Apprentice star will receive an accolade for his 'Outstanding Contribution to Technology' at the T3 Gadget Awards this evening (October 8), but was keen to point out that the Apple co-founder deserves the same recognition.

Lord Alan Sugar

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Steve Jobs, 2007

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"One has to admire my late friend at Apple," Lord Sugar told T3. "It was fantastic what he did. He was not so much a technologist, but he had a vision. It's a real shame we've lost him."

He added: "[Jobs] had his mad ways of doing things but they weren't that mad in the end, were they?"

Lord Sugar's achievements in the technology sector include launching Sky with Rupert Murdoch, bringing a line of affordable PCs to Britain, and his recent YouView digital TV venture.

Apple marked the first anniversary of Jobs's passing on Friday (October 5) with a video tribute on its website and the public release of a letter by his successor Tim Cook.

Often referred to as the 'Oscars of the gadget world', the T3 Gadget Awards will also honour the greatest gadgets, software and personalities that have "wowed the world" over the past 12 months.

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