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Queen Elizabeth II dies: Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, other business leaders react

The business world is offering condolences to Britain’s Royal Family following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. 

The country’s longest-reigning monarch died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on Thursday at the age of 96. Elizabeth’s doctors said earlier Thursday that they were “concerned for Her Majesty’s health” and that she was “resting comfortably” at Balmoral under medical supervision.

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II stands after signing a visitor’s book during her visit to the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) at Porton Down science park on October 15, 2020 near Salisbury, England. (Photo by Ben Stansall – WPA Pool/Get (Photo by Ben Stansall – WPA Pool/Getty Images) / Getty Images)

FOX Business takes a look at the tributes pouring in following her passing. 

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO Suzanne Clark said in a statement that Elizabeth lived an “extraordinary life” and that her reign beared witness to “so many seminal moments” of the United States and United Kingdom’s shared history.

“The Queen was a fervent believer in the special relationship between the U.S. and UK, and we stand in solidarity with our friends across the Atlantic at this sad time,” Clark added.

The New York Stock Exchange

The New York Stock Exchange held a moment of silence to honor Queen Elizabeth II.

NYSE moment of silence

The New York Stock Exchange held a moment of silence following Queen Elizabeth II’s death on Thursday. (Fox News / Fox News)

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Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates tweeted that he was “very honored” to have met Queen Elizabeth and “very sad to hear of her passing.” 

Meanwhile, philanthropist and Gates Foundation founder Melinda French Gates said in a Linkedin post that Elizabeth’s reign was “without equal.” 

“I will cherish the kindnesses that Queen Elizabeth II extended to our family and the remarkable leadership, resilience, and example she showed us all,” she added.

Apple CEO Tim Cook 

“There is nothing more noble than to devote your life to the service of others,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said. “We stand with the people of the UK and Commonwealth in honoring the life and dedication to duty of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. May she rest in peace.”

Meta global affairs president Nick Clegg

Nick Clegg, Meta Platform’s president of global affairs, said Elizabeth’s stoicism and sense of duty was a “calming and stabilising influence throughout the ups and downs of many tumultuous decades.” 

“Her devotion to the people of the UK and the Commonwealth was unconditional,” he added.

Fmr. Disney CEO Bob Iger

Former Disney CEO Bob Iger said that the world has “lost an extraordinary person.” 

“I always respected and appreciated her energy, dedication, fortitude…her deep sense of duty….and the fact that she loved her job and her people loved her back,” Iger tweeted. “The true and sad end of an era….”

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Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson

Virgin Group founder Richard Branson said Elizabeth “lived a life of service, standing for the best of British values, providing grace and consistency in an ever-changing world” and that he has “always admired her strength of spirit and sense of duty.” 

He added that she was “extremely calm, very astute and a great listener”, had a wonderful sense of humor and took “a great interest in the people she met wherever she went.”

“I know how much The Queen means to all of the Royal Family and how she was always such a wonderful guiding light to everyone who knew her,” his statement concluded. “The Queen led such an extraordinary life and redefined what it means to be a leader.”

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos

“I can think of no one who better personified duty,” Amazon and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos tweeted. “My deepest condolences to all the Brits mourning her passing today.”

ECB president Christine Lagarde

European Central Bank president Christine Lagarde said Queen Elizabeth II has been “a beacon of stability” and shown an “unfailing sense of duty during her 70-year reign.” 

“My thoughts are with the Royal family, the people of the United Kingdom and of the Commonwealth at this very sad time,” she added.

W Series CEO Catherine Bond Muir

W Series CEO Catherine Bond Muir called Elizabeth “the greatest embodiment of women’s empowerment in our lifetime”.

She added that W Series would continue to race in Elizabeth’s honor.