Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Wozniak will be getting a Serbian passport, Serbia’s president announced on Wednesday.
The convivial Wozniak, who teamed up with the late Steve Jobs to found Apple in 1976, arrived in Serbia ahead of December 17th parliamentary and local elections, in an apparent boost for President Aleksandar Vučić. Wozniak said he feels “so lucky” to be in Serbia and that he and his wife Janet, who is also getting a passport, will from now on “promote” Serbia. He said he would become a Serb living in the U.S.
Vučić said at a joint news conference in Belgrade that “it is an honour” for Serbia to deliver the passports to Wozniak and his wife.
“Now we can proudly say that a computer genius is a Serb,” Vučić said.
“I am so lucky and grateful. I travel the world and meet a lot of people, and (Serbian former tennis star) Janko Tipsarevic saw that my wife and I have an interest in this part of the world, even in Serbia directly…, and helped make arrangements to invite us here and even become citizens and get passports,” Wozniak told reporters after meeting with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic at the Palace of Serbia.
He said he had told friends he was a “Serb who lives in America,” and added that he wanted to study history.
“For companies like Apple Computers, corporate image… What does the company stand for, what is its brand worth? That is how I think of Serbia right now and Expo 2027 is going to be a big part in bringing attention to the rest of the world. And we are working on other ways to bring more attention and influence to Serbia itself,” he said.
Wozniak’s visit, which was announced on Tuesday, was met with disapproval from opposition parties, which accused the government or ruling party of paying Wozniak to make PR appearances.
“No one paid him to come to Serbia, to be completely clear,” Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabić said.
Wozniak said he was invited to visit by former top Serbian tennis player Janko Tipsarević, a prominent member of Vučić’s Serbian Progressive Party (SNS).
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