Former British PM blocked knighthood for Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs was reportedly denied a knighthood by former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, to be presented by the Queen, for turning down an offer to speak at a party political conference.

Gordon Brown, former prime minister, refused to give Apple founder Steve Jobs an honorary knighthood, in retaliation for Jobs turning down an offer to speak at Brown's party political conference.

The former Labour MP who put forward Jobs to receive the award from the Queen for services to technology, said that "no other CEO has consistently shown such a commitment" to the creation of stunning consumer products.

A knighthood in the realm of the Commonwealth is one of the highest honours available to ordinary citizens. As Jobs is not a resident or citizen of the Commonwealth, he is only allowed to receive an honorary knighthood, as Bill Gates did in 2005.

For non-Commonwealth citizens however, the knighthood is the highest honour available from the state to the citizen.

Whether Jobs wanted to keep politics out of his business or his face out of politics - or even if Jobs doesn't support the Labour party, it is unclear.

Though he wouldn't have been able to call himself 'Sir Steve', the honour is still highly sought after and only available to a handful per year.