Fortune Calls Apple CEO Tim Cook a ‘Global Role Model’

Tim CookThe magazine’s eclectic list also includes Taylor Swift (No. 6) one spot behind Pope Francis (No. 5), along with Mark Zuckerberg (No. 25), Jeff Bezos (No. 27), and Jimmy Fallon (No. 45), along with world leaders and activists. The editors cite Apple stock’s and the innovations of Apple Pay and the Apple Watch. But it is the fact that Cook’s “gradually becoming more open and outspoken, including on a variety of non-corporate social issues. By announcing that he is gay, Cook also has done something few would have predicted: become a global role model,” which also helped him land at the No. 1 spot.

Excerpts from the interview in the issue include some interesting insights:

On what he learned taking over for Steve Jobs, and how he dealt with the scrutiny:

“I have thick skin, but it got thicker. What I learned after Steve passed away, what I had known only at a theoretical level, an academic level maybe, was that he was an incredible heat shield for us, his executive team. None of us probably appreciated that enough because it’s not something we were fixated on. We were fixated on our products and running the business. But he really took any kind of spears that were thrown. He took the praise as well. But to be honest, the intensity was more than I would ever have expected…. You pick up certain skills when the truck is running across your back. Maybe this will be something great that I’ll use in other aspects of my life over time.” Continue reading

Russian politician expresses his outrage over Apple CEO Tim Cook’s coming out

timA Russian politician says Apple CEO Tim Cook ‘should be banned’ from entering the country after he came out as gay for the first time.

Anti LGBT campaigner, Vitaly Milonov reportedly suggested that head of the electronics giant could bring ‘the Ebola virus, Aids or gonorrhea’, drawing on his stereotypes of homosexuals.

According to FlashNord, the city legislator from St Petersburg said: ‘What could he [Cook] bring us? The Ebola virus, Aids, gonorrhea? They all have unseemly ties over there. Ban him for life.’

Mr. Cook made the announcement on Thursday, declaring his sexual orientation is one of the ‘greatest gifts God has given me’. Continue reading

The Biggest Thing To Come Out Of Apple…

tim-cook1…And it’s not IOS8 or Yosemite.

It’s Tim Cook.

Apple’s Tim Cook has publicly come out as gay, saying he is proud and considers it “among the greatest gifts God has given me.”

Writing in Businessweek, the chief executive said that while he has never denied his sexuality, he hadn’t publicly acknowledged it either.

“So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me,” he wrote.

“Being gay has given me a deeper understanding of what it means to be in the minority and provided a window into the challenges that people in other minority groups deal with every day. It’s made me more empathetic, which has led to a richer life,” he added. Continue reading