"He was my best friend for 25 years, and he’s just irreplaceable. Irreplaceable in our industry and irreplaceable as my friend … I have great respect for that company. I have great respect for Tim Cook. But, I’ll say it again, Steve’s irreplaceable. We’ve all lost something. He was our Edison, he was our Picasso, there’s no one like him. Apple will continue to thrive, but not like when Steve was around."
— Larry Ellison, to CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo, Oct. 2, 2012