Woodside (Agencies): Apple Inc's co-founder and iconic chief executive Steve Jobs, who is on medical leave as he is suffering from pancreatic cancer, attended a meeting of technology industry leaders with US President Barack Obama in northern California on Thursday.

Jobs was joined by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Google Inc Chief Executive Eric Schmidt, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison and other members of the Silicon Valley corporate elite for talks with Obama at a venture capitalist's sprawling estate outside San Francisco.

Obama's two-day West Coast visit was aimed at promoting technological innovation to help boost the struggling US economy and shrink stubbornly high unemployment, considered important to his 2012 re-election chances.

The meeting was also part of Obama's efforts to improve ties with the US business community after his Democrats were routed in the November congressional elections, and garner support for a $3.7 trillion budget proposal released this week and already facing stiff Republican resistance.

Jobs, 55, a high-tech visionary who has come to embody Apple's turbulent history and some of the industry's most cutting-edge products, stepped away from the firm on medical leave last month. It was the third time in seven years that he has taken time out because of health reasons.