Tim Cook came out as gay in 2014, becoming the first CEO of a major company to do so. He is pleased with the distinction and the choice he made. The CEO of Apple (AAPL) said, “I’m very proud of it,” during an exclusive interview with Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday for her program airing on CNN International and PBS. Being gay is “God’s greatest gift to me,” he proclaimed.
As of the 30th of October, 2014, Cook was available to the public. Although he had not done so openly previously, speculation about his sexual orientation had been rampant.
“I was public because I started to receive stories from kids who read online that I was gay,” he told Amanpour.
He said that the children who wrote to him were being rejected, bullied, or abused because of their sexuality.
Cook admitted he is a private person, but concluded he was being “selfish” by hiding his name when he might benefit others by disclosing it.
“I needed to do something for them,” Cook said. He wanted to show gay kids that “they can be gay and still go on to do big things in life.” Cook expressed astonishment at being the first out gay head of a Fortune 500 company. In spite of the fact that it wasn’t his intention, he’s happy that other CEOs have stepped out since.
Cook claims that his leadership has improved since he came out. “I learned what it was like to be a minority,” Cook told sources. “The feeling of being in a minority gives you a level of empathy for other people who are not in the majority.”
Cook said that hurtful comments have also made him tough. “That turns out to be pretty beneficial from this role as well.”
More Regarding Tim Cook
Born on November 1, 1960, Timothy Donald Cook is an American corporate leader and engineer who has held the position of Apple Inc.’s chief executive officer since 2011. Before becoming CEO, Cook worked alongside Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.
When Cook first started working for Apple in March 1998, he was the company’s senior vice president for worldwide operations. Later, he was promoted to executive vice president for worldwide sales and operations. On August 24, 2011 before Jobs’s death in October of that year, he was promoted to CEO.
During his presidency, he has worked to overhaul the political frameworks governing domestic and international surveillance, cyberspace, domestic production, and environmental protection. Since he took over Apple in 2011, Cook has doubled the company’s sales and profits, and the market value of the company has gone from $348 billion to $1.9 trillion.
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