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Tim Cook
BornNovember 1, 1960
BirthplaceMobile, Alabama, USA
OccupationCEO of Apple Inc.
ParentsDonald & Geraldine Cook

Timothy Donald "Tim" Cook (born November 1, 1960) is an American business executive, and is the CEO of Apple Inc.[1] Cook joined Apple in March 1998[2] as Senior Vice President (SVP) of Worldwide Operations—he also served as Executive Vice President (EVP) of Worldwide Sales and Operations—and was Chief Operating Officer (COO) until he was named the CEO of Apple on August 24, 2011, when he succeeded Steve Jobs.[3] (Cook had previously served as acting CEO of Apple after Jobs began medical leave in January 2011.)[4] In early 2012, he was awarded compensation of one million shares, vesting in 2016 and 2021, by Apple's Board of Directors.[5]

Cook also serves on the board of directors of Nike, Inc.[3] and the National Football Foundation.[6]

Early life and education

Cook was born in Mobile, Alabama, United States,[7] and grew up in nearby Robertsdale. His father was a shipyard worker, and his mother worked at a pharmacy.[7]

Cook graduated from Robertsdale High School. He earned a B.S. degree in industrial engineering from Auburn University in 1982,[8] and his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business in 1988.[9]

Personal life

Cook is a fitness enthusiast and enjoys hiking, cycling, and going to the gym. Cook is known for being mostly solitary—he uses an off-campus fitness center for privacy—and very little is publicly known of his personal life: he explained in October 2014 that he has sought to achieve a "basic level of privacy."[10][11] Cook was misdiagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1996, an incident he said made him "see the world in a different way." He has since taken part in charity fundraising such as cycle races to raise money for the disease. Cook later told an Auburn alumni magazine that his symptoms came from "lugging a lot of incredibly heavy luggage around."[12]

While delivering the 2010 commencement speech at Auburn University, Cook emphasized the importance of intuition during significant decision-making processes in his life, and further explained that preparation and hard work are also necessary to execute upon intuition.[13]

Coming out as gay

On October 30, 2014, Cook came out as gay in an editorial for Bloomberg Businessweek, stating: "I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me." Cook also explained that he has been open about his sexuality "for years" and, while many people at Apple were aware of his sexual orientation, he has sought to "focus on our [Apple's] products and the incredible things our customers achieve with them."[14]


  1. Steve Jobs Resigns as CEO of Apple. Apple Inc. (August 24, 2011). Retrieved on August 25, 2011.
  2. "Timothy D. Cook Profile", Forbes. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Nike — Investors — Corporate Governance — Board of Directors. Nike.
  4. "Times Topics: Timothy Cook News", The New York Times. Retrieved on April 30, 2013. 
  5. After Jobs: Apple's Cook gets $380M in compensation
  6. National Football Foundation Chairman, President and Board of Directors. National Football Foundation.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Michael Finch II: Tim Cook – Apple CEO and Robertsdale's favorite son – still finds time to return to his Baldwin County roots., February 24, 2014.
  8. Portrait of New Apple CEO Tim Cook as a Young Auburn Student: The War Eagle Reader
  9. Love, Julia. "Fuqua grad takes reins at Apple", The Chronicle (Duke University), January 14, 2009. Retrieved on February 11, 2011. 
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  11. Tim Cook Coming Into His Own. Mobility Digest (2 March 2014). Retrieved on 25 August 2014.
  12. The Job After Steve Jobs: Tim Cook and Apple. Retrieved on 11 September 2014.
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  14. Cook, Tim (29 October 2014). Tim Cook: "I'm Proud to be Gay". Bloomberg LP. Retrieved on 29 October 2014.
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