Following in the footsteps of someone who is considered to be one of the leading technology pioneers of the last few decades can’t be easy. However, under Tim Cook’s leadership, tech giant Apple has gone from strength to strength.
Taking over Apple in 2011, after the death of founder, Steve Jobs, Cook was named on Time’s “100 Most Influential People” list the following year. Under Cook’s leadership, Apple purchased Beats Electronics and has increased the company’s charitable donations, Cook’s even going as far as to pledge the entirety of his own stock earnings to charity.
In 2014, Cook came out as gay, making him the the first chief executive of a Fortune 500 company to do so. With a strong focus on sustainability and awareness of climate change, in 2013, he hired the former head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Lisa Jackson to assist in Apple’s focus on renewable energy activities and going as far as to tell shareholders that if they didn’t agree with his views on sustainability, they better “get out of the stock”.
Born in Mobile, Alabama, USA
Graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering
Began working at IBM, eventually becoming their North American Fulfilment Director
Earned a Masters of Business Administration from Duke University
Started working at Intelligent Electronics as their COO
Became Compaq’s VP of Corporate Materials
Made Apple’s Senior VP of Worldwide Operations
Promoted to COO of Apple
Became CEO of Apple
Announced he will donate all of his stock earnings to charity
Apple valued at $1 trillion and Cook is estimated to be worth $625 million
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