In an article today in The Washington Post (free subscription required), staff writer Mike Musgrove looks at the recent financial successes of Apple and tries to put a finger on what is causing it. Is it the overwhelming success of the iPod, the popular iTunes Music Store, or just good business in general. Musgrove talks to several industry pundits to get their views on the matter. One in fact — Paul Saffo, a director at the Silicon Valley think tank Institute for the Future — credits Apple CEO Steve Jobs for much of the success. “If Jobs were to leave the company tomorrow, he said, ‘people would rush to sell their shares,'” notes the story.