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Tim Cook was appointed CEO in 2011 when Steve Jobs stepped away from the company as his health worsened. Cook was handpicked by Jobs to be his replacement, having served as a close friend of Jobs during their entire career together.

A graduate of Auburn University with a degree in industrial engineering, Cook earned his Masters from Duke University’s School of business. Prior to joining Apple, Cook spent 12 years at IBM, then served as the Chief Operating Officer of Intelligent Electronics. He then had a short stint at Compaq.

Cook first joined Apple in 1998 after being recruited by Jobs. Cook remarked in a commencement address at Auburn University that, five minutes into his interview with Jobs, he knew he wanted to join Apple. “My intuition already knew that joining Apple was a once in a lifetime opportunity to work for the creative genius,” he remarked.

At Apple, Cook started out as senior vice president of worldwide operating. He served as interim CEO in 2009 while Steve Jobs was on medical leave. In 2011, Cook again stepped in to lead day-to-day operations while Jobs was ill, before ultimately being named CEO permanently just before the death of Jobs.

Cook has been very outspoken on a variety of social issues, including the need to protect user data and privacy, as evident by his vocal refusal to unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino gunmen. Cook has also voiced his displeasure with controversial legislation that enables LGBT discrimination in a handful of states in the United States. Likewise, Cook has frequently called on the United States Congress to pass LGBT protection legislation. He became the first openly gay CEO of a Fortune 500 company in 2014, as well. Cook has led Apple in the San Francisco Pride Parade in recent years.

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Tim Cook Stories August 10

Apple CEO Tim Cook has officially become a billionaire, according to a new report from Bloomberg today. The report cites an analysis of regulatory filings and acknowledges that Cook’s net worth “could be lower” if he’s made undisclosed charitable gifts.

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Tim Cook Stories July 30

How to rewatch Tim Cook’s testimony from the big tech antitrust hearing

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has testified during Congress’ hearing looking into antitrust concerns about the major US tech companies. In addition to Apple that included Amazon, Google, and Facebook. Jump below to watch a recording of the antitrust hearing including Tim Cook’s testimony.

Tim Cook Stories July 29

We’ve now had a chance to see the antitrust argument Tim Cook will make in today’s hearing, and it essentially amounts to: there’s nothing to see here.

Apple is arguing that it has done nothing wrong in the past, is doing nothing wrong now and sees no need to change the way it works in the future …

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Tim Cook Stories July 10

Bloomberg is out with its 2019 Pay Index that ranks the compensation of US executives. Even though Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has a relatively small salary, bonuses and large stock awards launched him to being the second-highest-paid CEO after Tesla’s Elon Musk.

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Tim Cook Stories June 21

Update: You can now watch the full video of Tim Cook’s appearance on CBS Sunday Morning right here.

Apple CEO Tim Cook is set to make an appearance on CBS Sunday Morning this weekend. Cook will sit down for an in-person interview with John Dickerson, and CBS has shared a few quotes from the interview ahead of the full episode airing tomorrow morning.

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Tim Cook Stories June 17

Pressure is mounting on Apple CEO Tim Cook to testify to Congress on antitrust concerns as other tech giants indicate they will send their chief execs to give evidence.

Amazon, Facebook and Google are all reported to be willing to have their CEOs face questions about whether their companies are engaging in anti-competitive behaviors …

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