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Apple's Tim Cook profiled as "most powerful gay man in Silicon Valley"

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Apple's chief executive Steve Jobs has left operations chief Tim Cook in command during extended periods of medical leave three times now, indicating confidence in a man who has been described as Jobs' heir apparent for years.

Valleywag profiled Cook as being "as reticent to acknowledge his sexual orientation as he has his prowess in overseeing the company supply chain," noting that despite being a "famously quiet and collected person," Cook "will find his backstory, both personal and professional, the topic of increasing interest and discussion in the tech community."

The profile notes that "Cook's rise to his positionhe is one of the most powerful corporate executives in the world, to say nothing of being the most powerful gay person in tech by a mileis also a tribute to his skill and work ethic on the one hand, and to the utterly unconventional and unconventionally empowering people skills of Jobs on the other."

Unflappable

The profile detailed Cook's background, in particular describing his recruitment by Jobs from Compaq in 1998, noting that "'unflappable' demeanor may have been what sealed the deal with Jobs. 'Steve is very focused on people he can connect to emotionally' a recruiter present at the meeting later said."

Cook is credited with rapidly fixing Apple's "notorious manufacturing inefficiencies" and solved the inventory problems that dogged the company's ability to supply enough of popular products like the PowerBook while spending too much to warehouse models that weren't.

Cook is also noted as the brain behind identifying flash RAM as a critical component that Apple needed to secure vital access to via a multiyear contract worth more than $1 billion. Cook has since unveiled a new $3.9 billion plan intended to secure priority access to strategic components.

Described as a workaholic who survives on a diet of "an endless series of energy bars," Cook is said to pride himself "on being first into the office and the last one out," and expects a similar level of commitment from others.

Different from Jobs

Unlike Jobs, Cook is not seen to be a product visionary nor a "compelling public speaker," tasks Apple's management team has delegated to design chief Jonathan Ive and marketing chief Phil Schiller, respectively. Like Jobs however, Cook hasn't been shy about thawing sharp critiques at competitors' products, recently describing various vendor's tablet products as being "big, heavy, expensive," "bizarre," or simply "vapor."

Described as both a "fitness nut in the gym by 5 AM," and "relatively withdrawn," Valleywag noted that it has "heard from two well-placed sources" that Cook is gay, and that "it sounds like Cook's sexual orientation has been the topic of at least some discussion within the company."

The profile cited "one tech executive who has spoken to multiple Apple management veterans about Cook" as reporting being "told executives there would support Cook if he publicly acknowledged his orientation, and even would encourage him to do so as he steps up his leadership role, but that they also had concerns about whether his coming out would impact the perception of the Apple brand."

Also noted was Cook's 1996 misdiagnosis with multiple sclerosis, something that caused him to "see the world in a different way," and has prompted him to help raise funds for research of the disease since.

Cook, Jobs & Schiller in 2009 | Source: Getty Images.

All that matters

Apple has been rated among the top "gay-friendly" tech companies among brands, and is widely considered to offer a workplace and culture that is open to people regardless of their background and preferences. Randy Ubillos, one of Apple's most well known engineers as the creator of Final Cut, the man who redesigned iMovie for Mac, and who was introduced last year by Jobs to demonstrate his new iMovie app for iPhone, is openly gay.

Apple has also recognized the achievements of its third party developers who happened to be gay, including Steve Demeter, who left his job at Wells Fargo to work for himself, becoming independently wealthy after creating the early iOS game Trism.

"I'm totally out in my private life," Demeter said in an interview, "but I'm not sure about being out professionally. I'm not worried about a backlash or anything like that, I'm just not sure that my being gay has anything to do with my business [Demiforce, www.demiforce.com ] and the kinds of games we're creating. It's not like we're making 'gay' games.

"I'm proud of the fact that I'm gay and that some of the guys who work with me are gay," he added, "but at the end of the day all that matters is that we put stuff out there that's high-quality and that makes people happy."
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what?!?!?! ....a....gay...is running apple?

Uh oh.... it's time for a teabagger boycott! Windowz rulzzzz!!!
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Gay or not, he seems to know how to lead the team troops when Steve is unavailable. I am amazed that gender, race and sexual orientation are even an issue when assessing someone's ability to lead a company. People should be considered on their merits.
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Well..

Apple is a type of FRUIT.
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Seriously. This is gossip. And AI is reporting on gossip. Especially something as fiercely personal as this. I'd say it was an inappropriate and irresponsible choice to publish this
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"I'm proud of the fact that I'm gay and that some of the guys who work with me are gay," he added, "but at the end of the day all that matters is that we put stuff out there that's high-quality and that makes people happy."

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Please, no jokes about Apple bringing back the original corporate logo when Cook takes over.
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yeh... I guess I'm naive wondering why this is a news story....
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D.E.D., It's obvious that your need for facts is questionable (at best) when it comes to companies other than Apple, but this kind of thing hardly qualifies as remotely gadget news/blog worthy.
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Could this headline be any more offensive? "most powerful gay man" C'mon. Completely irrelevant. First time I have ever said shame on AI for the Fox news journalism. "In other news AI reported to be the most homophobic website on the internet".
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I don't understand what's the problem with being gay! Gays can run a company as well as straights... If Cook is gay then I have no problem with that and wish best of success.
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Well, it does explain why everyone (excluding Gizmodo) wants to attend an Apple party. \
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Who cares if he's Gay!! Can he do the job? Yes. I'm not Gay but I think this whole artical
is BS. When Steve put him in charge I'm sure he didn't care if he's Gay. He just cared if
he could do his job.
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In case you've wondered when you've stepped over the line...

... you just have.

Whether true or not, this was totally uncalled for.

Grow up guys, they don't even tolerate this shit at flyover country junior high schools anymore.

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D.E.D., It's obvious that your need for facts is questionable (at best) when it comes to companies other than Apple, but this kind of thing hardly qualifies as remotely gadget news/blog worthy.

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So what I want to know is, what's his favorite color, and does he roll the toilet paper over or under?
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Could this headline be any more offensive? "most powerful gay man" C'mon. Completely irrelevant. First time I have ever said shame on AI for the Fox news journalism. "In other news AI reported to be the most homophobic website on the internet".

So if this was addressing a different minority, and said the "most powerful woman," the "most powerful black man," or any other category of people who are less likely to be promoted in society because of prejudice, would you also be feigning outrage?

There is nothing offensive about noting that Cook is gay. Being gay is not taboo nor weak. Being homophobic is weak, because it ignores facts to prefer fear. There is nothing demeaning about gays in the article. Quite the opposite, Cook is competent, strong, decisive, has his personal shit together, rather than being a comically effete stereotype preferred in the mainstream media when depicting gays.

That should attract the anger of the same groups who hate Obama for being a competent, powerful, intellectual, and level headed black man. It absolutely destroys the notion of stereotypes.

It is offensive that you would try to censor such a message. Do you prefer gays begin depicted as a class of people who have to hide their identity lest anyone finding out they are "defective" or something? THAT'S offensive.
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Who cares if he's gay or not, he has a job to do and is fully capable of it. I've seen several sites that talked about the same article and some of the classless comments towards his rumored orientation really are sad. Let's hope the commentary on here doesn't follow suit.
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At least he's doing something worthwhile instead of fashion or hairdressing or telling women what they should to do to be more attractive.

Seriously though, there needs to be more info on gay people that do other things besides the above to counter that stereotype! I can't stand watching all that next fashion/model/bimbo-superstar crap on TV with all the flamboyant gay men. Imagine if you're gay and you don't have a great haircut (dyed a flamboyant colour), super-snazzy outfits or a tight body... it can be tough.
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So if this was addressing a different minority, and said the "most powerful woman," the "most powerful black man," or any other category of people who are less likely to be promoted in society because of prejudice, would you also be feigning outrage?

They are "outing" the guy. Not cool. Not even close to cool.

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At least he's doing something worthwhile instead of fashion or hairdressing or telling women what they should to do to be more attractive.

The world needs hairdressers... Your comment is full of prejudices!!!!
Edit: luckily you clarified things a little bit
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...Why should I care if he's gay, again? Why is this even a thing, AI?
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Who cares if he is gay or not? Only people want to gossip. Being gay is not a disease or a dysfunction.

I am not, and it matters not to me who is and who is not. America should not being hypocritical in all aspects of life.

Cooks can be gay and be CEO of Apple. Please don't bring this kind of silly article to your readers again. It is childish to say the least.
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Originally Posted by Archos View Post

There is nothing demeaning about gays in the article. Quite the opposite, Cook is competent, strong, decisive, has his personal shit together, rather than being a comically effete stereotype preferred in the mainstream media when depicting gays.

I wish Cook could be more open about it if possible, because indeed he could counter that stereotype.
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I am beyond disgusted by this article.
You took gossip and speculation by a tabloid and expanded it into a horrible piece of junk.
Outing someone is NEVER okay and to do so in this manner is beyond disgusting.
It's offensive, trashy, and uncalled for.
AI moved to tabloid quality today and it is officially being deleted from my list of sites that I check several times a day.
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Edit: luckily you clarified things a little bit

No worries... I was thinking how to phrase what I wanted to say so I edited it a few times...
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This is a complete non-issue for us folks here in Silicon Valley. The only people who care are religious conservatives and many of them, including Rush Limpbaugh are Mac users...
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This has to be quite possible the most stupid story I've ever seen on this site.
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...Why should I care if he's gay, again?

In a perfect world we wouldn’t, but an inevitable part of civil rights movements is to point out accomplishments from groups of people previously deemed undesirable or incapable in some way by the majority of society.

In 2009 we commended Sonia Sotomayor for being the first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the Supreme Court Justice. I don’t think the average person would think pointing this out this achievement is a horrible thing and it’s surely an inspiration to many that classify themselves as such.

Unless there is some “outing” or it’s a a falsified statement I see no problem with someone making this general point to point out the success of a person who belongs to a group trying to achieve social acceptance.

Your comment and others like it are what we can hope for in the future. IOW, these rights should seem so natural that the idea of pointing them out would make us scratch our heads as to why it’s being stated in the first place.
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In a perfect world we wouldnt, but its an inevitable part of civil rights movements is to point out accomplishments from groups of people previously deemed undesirable or incapable in some way by the majority of society.

In 2009 we commended Sonia Sotomayor for being the first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the Supreme Court Justice. I dont think the average person would think pointing this out this achievement is a horrible thing and its surely an inspiration to many that classify themselves as such.

Unless there is some outing or its a a falsified statement I see no problem with someone making this general point to point out the success of a person who belongs to a group trying to achieve social acceptance.

Your comment and others like it are what we can hope for in the future. IOW, it being so basic that the idea of having a darker skin color, being a different sex or having a less common sexual orientation would make us scratch our heads as to why its being stated.

It's true. We do live in a country where gays don't always have basic rights, like the right to marry. This is our country. It should be talked about.
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Could this headline be any more offensive? "most powerful gay man" C'mon. Completely irrelevant. First time I have ever said shame on AI for the Fox news journalism. "In other news AI reported to be the most homophobic website on the internet".


Well I'm a gay man, and no, I'm not offended by the headline, but yes, it is a silly story... Of course Tim Cook is gay. who cares? and furthermore, did anyone really not know that already?

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So if this was addressing a different minority, and said the "most powerful woman," the "most powerful black man," or any other category of people who are less likely to be promoted in society because of prejudice, would you also be feigning outrage?

There is outrage because Appleinsider is an Apple gadget site, this crap isn't about gadgets at all. Frankly it is diving into peoples personal lives for no good reason. It is objectionable in the same way that diving into Steves health issues is objectionable. Of course many don't see the ugliness of that either, to which we can credit to being brought up in leftist households.
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There is nothing offensive about noting that Cook is gay. Being gay is not taboo nor weak. Being homophobic is weak, because it ignores facts to prefer fear. There is nothing demeaning about gays in the article. Quite the opposite, Cook is competent, strong, decisive, has his personal shit together, rather than being a comically effete stereotype preferred in the mainstream media when depicting gays.

Appleinsider simply isn't the place for this. If one of the secretaries at Apple had a history of attending gang bangs would you want it detailed here? Seriously? For some it might be very interesting but let's face it there are plenty of sites on the net for that.
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That should attract the anger of the same groups who hate Obama for being a competent, powerful, intellectual, and level headed black man. It absolutely destroys the notion of stereotypes.

Except Obama has none of those qualities. That has nothing to do with hate it is just a reflection of reality. What is sad here is that you use this forum and pathetic thread to try to elevate this man beyond what he is capable of. I'm not sure if you are trying to pull focus away from the issue at hand or what. As to the issue at hand what does gay sex have to do with Apple gadgets? That in a nut shell is the problem with this thread.
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It is offensive that you would try to censor such a message. Do you prefer gays begin depicted as a class of people who have to hide their identity lest anyone finding out they are "defective" or something? THAT'S offensive.

By definition they are defective, just like anybody else with a birth defect. The great shame here is that any sort of birth defect associated with sex gets classed differently than any other birth defect. There is no justification for that. You can't go around treating people as leapers simple because of an accident of birth.

As to censorship that is BS in this case. Most of us come to AI to read up on Apple hardware, software and rumors. It isn't the place to discuss anybodies sex life, in that regard AI has failed miserably to excercise editorial control. Frankly this whole thread should be pulled because it pollutes the forum with crap that has nothing to do with Appleinsiders mission.
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I don't see a problem with this article, yes indeed, the vast majority of people here will not have any homophobic tendencies so it will not bother them in the slightest but this world as a whole, does have homophobic tendencies and there is nothing wrong with pointing out something positive like this article does.

Now consider this, who is making the bigger fuss, a statement saying that the obvious second in command and first choice for replacement CEO in jobs case is gay, and is doing extremely well in his job and getting justly noticed and paid. Or people clamouring that news should 'curated' in exactly the way that they want to avoid offending them. After all, if him been gay truly meant nothing to you then why would you bother writing about how offended you were by been told, in one neutral sentence out of a dozen?
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This is a story that does NOT belong on this site. The timing is poor . The substance of the story is meaningless.
Why would AI even allow a story like this??????? Poor Judgement on someones behalf!
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There is outrage because Appleinsider is an Apple gadget site, this crap isn't about gadgets at all.

This is not an Apple gadget site, this is an Apple site.. Any and all things related to Apple have been discussed and reported on this site, both rumors and facts.. I see no harm done here as nothing slanderous was published... And yes, I'm gay..
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So if this was addressing a different minority, and said the "most powerful woman," the "most powerful black man," or any other category of people who are less likely to be promoted in society because of prejudice, would you also be feigning outrage?

There is nothing offensive about noting that Cook is gay. Being gay is not taboo nor weak. Being homophobic is weak, because it ignores facts to prefer fear. There is nothing demeaning about gays in the article. Quite the opposite, Cook is competent, strong, decisive, has his personal shit together, rather than being a comically effete stereotype preferred in the mainstream media when depicting gays.

That should attract the anger of the same groups who hate Obama for being a competent, powerful, intellectual, and level headed black man. It absolutely destroys the notion of stereotypes.

It is offensive that you would try to censor such a message. Do you prefer gays begin depicted as a class of people who have to hide their identity lest anyone finding out they are "defective" or something? THAT'S offensive.


I totally disagree, this is absolutely offensive. Whether Cook is gay or not is totally irrelevant. AI speculating and or discussing whether he is or isn't gay is offensive and absolutely should not be considered journalism in any respect. Either he is qualified for his job (obviously he is) or he is not.

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I totally disagree, this is absolutely offensive. Whether Cook is gay or not is totally irrelevant. AI speculating as to whether he is or isn't gay is offensive and absolutely should not be considered journalism in any respect.

Irrelevant, Yes.

Offensive, No.
post #38 of 333
This article is at once kind of heartwarming, and totally unnecessary. I really don't care about the sexuality of the Apple executives. It's not a relevant topic. There are plenty of gay executives out there. What are the implications? None.
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In case you've wondered when you've stepped over the line...

... you just have.

Whether true or not, this was totally uncalled for.

Grow up guys, they don't even tolerate this shit at flyover country junior high schools anymore.

I couldn't agree more.

Where are the ''most powerful openly straight cock of the walk'' headlines?

It's none of my business or anyone else's business who an executive's private life is or is not. Grow up is right.
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It's hard enough to find intelligent hard working people to work for you without worrying about sexual orientation.

If sexual orientation was a choice, then I would be worried about hiring him, because someone who would let that be done to them, what else might they do that could harm my company? But to the best of my knowledge the current science has gayness being genetic, so no worries.
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