Sir Jonathan Ive. Apple Design Chief Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II
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Jonathan Ive, Apple’s revered design chief, has been knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

As senior VP for industrial design at Apple since 1997, he has been responsible for the design of the company’s iPods, iPhones and iPads, among other products.

British-born Ive, 44, who lives in San Francisco with his wife and twin sons, said the honor was “absolutely thrilling.” He was previously honored by the Queen in 2006, when he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, a title that doesn’t confer a knighthood. In the Jan. 1, 2012 honors list, he was named a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire, which adds the title.