Tim Cook gets a taste of revenge, and he serves it up cold.
Tim Cook – CEO of tech giant, Apple – is clearly not a forgive and forget kind of guy. The New York Times reports that Apple TV+ was in production on a new show based on Gawker – the influential blog that was pushed into bankruptcy when Peter Thiel moved against it.
Peter Thiel had a grudge against Gawker because the blog had publicly outed him as a gay man. Gawker had also publicly outed Tim Cook.
The show that Apple TV+ was developing was called Scraper – it was being produced with people who had worked at Gawker.
Several episodes of the show had already been filmed before an email arrived from Tim Cook telling Apple TV+ to shut it down.
You probably don’t want to get on the wrong side of Tim Cook.
Is Tim Cook the richest gay man in the world?
Already one of the highest profile gay men in the world, Tim Cook is now officially one of the richest.
The chief executive of Apple has seen his personal wealth exceed $1bn as Apple’s value passes the $2tn mark.
Tim Cook owns over 800K shares in Apple. Those shares, plus his other income and dividends has been calculated by the Bloomberg Billionaire’s Index as being worth over $1bn.
By comparison, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, and Elon Musk are estimated to each be worth more than $100bn.
Who is Tim Cook?
Cook was born in 1960 in Alabama.
Cook studied industrial engineering at Auburn University and obtained a Master of Business Administration from Duke University.
Cook spent 12 years in IBM’s personal computer business.
He then served as the Chief Operating Officer of the computer reseller division of Intelligent Electronics.
In 1997, he became the Vice President for Corporate Materials at Compaq for six months.
In 1998, Steve Jobs asked Cook to join Apple.
His first position was Senior Vice President for worldwide operations.
In 2007, Cook was promoted to lead operations and served as chief executive in 2009. As Jobs began to take time away from the business due to health issues, Cook was responsible for most of Apple’s day-to-day operations, while Jobs made most major decisions.
After Jobs resigned as CEO, Cook was named the new chief executive officer of Apple Inc. in 2011. Jobs died soon after.
While it was no secret that Cook was gay, it wasn’t something that he spoke publicly about until 2014.
“I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me…” said Cook, discussing his sexuality. “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. It’s been tough and uncomfortable at times, but it has given me the confidence to be myself, to follow my own path, and to rise above adversity and bigotry. It’s also given me the skin of a rhinoceros, which comes in handy when you’re the CEO of Apple.”
“There’s been a lot of people that came before me that made it possible for me to sit here today, and I needed to do something to help those people that were in a younger generation…” said Cook in an interview in 2019, reflecting on why he decided to publicly discuss his sexuality.
Cook also shared his thoughts on parents who struggle to accept the sexuality of their LGBTQ children.
“They think their child’s potential is less because they’re gay…” said Cook. “They think they can’t achieve. They think they’ll be bullied. They think that it’s almost a life sentence to not have as good a life, to not have a happy life. My message to them is that it doesn’t have to be like that. It starts with them because if they treat their child with respect and dignity, just like we treat each other, then that child can do anything they want, including being the CEO of Apple, or to be the president or whatever they want. Being gay is not a limitation. It’s a feature.”