Tim Cook- A Wonderful God Gift

Tim cook biography
Full NameTimothy D. Cook
DOBNovember 1, 1960
NationalityAmerican
ProfessionEngineer, Computer Scientist
Net worth1.4 billion USD (2022)

Tim Cook is a corporate leader from the United States who has been the CEO of Apple Inc. since 2011. Cook previously worked as the company’s chief operating officer under Steve Jobs, the company’s co-founder. Cook joined Apple as a senior vice president of worldwide operations in March 1998, and later became the executive vice president of global sales and operations. Prior to Jobs’ death in October of that year, he was named chief executive on August 24, 2011.

He has advocated for political reformation of international and domestic surveillance, cybersecurity, American manufacturing, and environmental preservation during his time as the president. Cook doubled Apple’s sales and earnings from 2011 to 2020, while increasing its market value from $348 billion to $1.9 trillion.

Tim Cook became the first chief executive of a Fortune 500 company in 2014. Cook is also a trustee of Duke University and serves on the boards of directors of Nike, Inc. and the National Football Foundation. Cook is a philanthropist outside of Apple, and he said in March 2015 that he planned to donate his fortune to charity.

Tim Cook Early Life

Tim cook early life

Tim Cook was born in the United States, in the city of Mobile. He grew up in nearby Robertsdale and was baptized in a Baptist church. Donald, his father, worked at a shipyard, while Geraldine, his mother, worked in a pharmacy.

Cook earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Auburn University in Alabama in 1982, and a master’s degree in business administration from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina in 1988. From 1982 to 1994, he worked for the computer company International Business Machines Corporation (IBM), where he held the post of director of North American fulfillment.

Tim Cook Career at Apple

Steve Jobs invited Tim Cook to join Apple in 1998. Cook says he decided to join Apple after meeting Jobs in a commencement speech at Auburn University. His first job was as a senior vice president in charge of global operations. Cook shut down facilities and warehouses, replacing them with contract manufacturers, reducing the company’s inventory from months to days.

While Jobs was abroad on a leave of absence for health reasons, Cook was appointed to lead operations in January 2007 and served as CEO in 2009. Jobs’ third medical leave of absence was accepted by Apple’s board of directors in January 2011. Cook was in charge of the majority of Apple’s day-to-day operations at the time, while Jobs made the majority of big decisions.

Tim Cook Career as Apple CEO

tim cook as apple CEO

Tim Cook was chosen the new chief executive officer of Apple Inc. on August 24, 2011, after Jobs quit as CEO and became chairman of the board. Cook announced significant changes to the company’s executive management on October 29, 2012. Scott Forstall, the company’s senior vice president of iOS, left and became an advisor to Cook until his departure in 2013.

After the third quarter of the fiscal year, when revenues and earnings fell short of expectations, Cook made the executive changes. Since becoming CEO, Cook has concentrated on creating a peaceful culture, which entails “weeding out employees with disagreeable personalities—people like Forstall, whom Jobs tolerated and even held close.” Cook made news on February 28, 2014, when he challenged shareholders to “get out of the shares” if they did not agree with the company’s sustainability and climate change policies. After the Chinese government closed Apple’s online iTunes Store and Apple Books store, Cook traveled to China in May 2016 to meet with government officials.

After ten years on the job, Cook earned a dividend of almost $750 million in August 2021, after selling more than five million shares in Apple. Cook, along with Google Vice President Vint Cerf and AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson, attended President Barack Obama’s August 8, 2013, symposium on government surveillance and the Internet in the aftermath of the Edward Snowden NSA scandal.

Tim Cook Personal Life

Tim Cook enjoys hiking, cycling, and going to the gym as a form of exercise. Cook claimed that he offered Jobs a piece of his liver in 2009 since they shared a rare blood type. Jobs reacted by saying, according to Cook “That’s something I’m not going to allow you to do. That is not something I will ever do.”

Cook openly came out as gay in an editorial for Bloomberg Business on October 30, saying, “I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay to be among the greatest gifts God has given me.” Cook became the Fortune 500’s first and only openly gay CEO.

Awards

  1. Financial Times Person of the Year (2014)
  2. Ripple of Change Award (2015)
  3. Fortune’s World’s Greatest Leader (2015)
  4. Alabama Academy of Honor: Inductee (2015)
  5. Human Rights Campaign’s Visibility Award (2015)
  6. Honorary Doctor of Science from University of Glasgow in Glasgow, Scotland (2017)
  7. Courage Against Hate award from Anti-Defamation League (2018)

Top 10 Famous Quotes by Tim Cook

  1. Let your joy be in your journey – not in some distant goal.
  2. Life is fragile. We’re not guaranteed a tomorrow so give it everything you’ve got.
  3. You can focus on things that are barriers or you can focus on scaling the wall or redefining the problem.
  4. I hope people remember me as a good and decent man. And if they do, then that’s success.
  5. Our goal has never been to make the most. It’s always been to make the best.
  6. Anything can change, because the smartphone revolution is still in the early stages.
  7. I learned that focus is key. Not just in your running a company, but in your personal life as well.
  8. I am who I am, and I’m focused on that, and being a great CEO of Apple.
  9. When we launch a product, we’re already working on the next one. And possibly even the next, next one.
  10. We think coding should be required in every school because it’s as important as any kind of second language.

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