Five months ago Apple CEO Steve Jobs proposed that former US Vice President Al Gore would easily win if he stood for President of the United States. Now the Apple board member has won the Nobel Peace Prize … once won by alleged IRA bomber Gerry Adams!

"If Gore ran, there's no question in my mind that he would be elected," Jobs told Time magazine in May.

"We have dug ourselves into a 20-foot hole, and we need somebody who knows how to build a ladder. Al's the guy," Jobs also told Newsweek. "Like many others, I have tried my best to convince him. So far, no luck."

Gore, 59, already has a mantelpiece full of honours including an Oscar he won for his climate change film 'An Inconvenient Truth'.

He will donate his half of the $1.5m prize money to the Alliance for Climate Protection; the prize was shared with the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Analysts now suggest that Gore's selection has prompted supporters to renew calls for him to stand in next year's US presidential race. Until now, Mr Gore has said he will not run, but Steve Jobs might still be proved right... he usually is.

Steve Jobs says 'Gore would win'