Tim Cook
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United States

Apple Inc.



Crossing the $2 trillion valuation mark in 2020 is all the evidence needed that Cook has a firm hand at the wheel. He’s ably steered the tech giant through some tough spots, like when the global pandemic put a strain on Apple’s international supply chain in March. Cook also got in hot water when the COVID-19 contact-tracing tech Apple developed in partnership with Google was attacked for compromising user data privacy. But big new launches for iOS 14, iPhone 12 and the Apple One bundle have gone off smoothly, with little concern the company’s legal tussle with Epic Games will hurt the business. Then there’s Cook’s well-received corporate philanthropy: he committed $100 million in June to the launch Apple’s Racial Equity and Justice Initiative, dedicated to challenging the systemic barriers faced by communities of color.


  • IBM
  • Compaq


  • Duke University (NC, USA)
  • Auburn University (AL, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • Variety Power of Pride
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Apple CEO Tim Cook Defends Parler App Suspension: 'We Don't Consider That Free Speech'

Apple CEO Tim Cook Defends Parler App Suspension: 'We Don't Consider That Free Speech'

Apple chief Tim Cook said posts on right-wing social app Parler represented "incitement to violence" that warranted its removal from the App Store.In an interview to air on Fox Broadcasting's "Fox News Sunday" this Sunday (Jan. 17), Cook told anchor Chris Wallace that Apple “looked at the incitement to violence that was on there and... we don't consider that free speech.”Asked by Wallace whether Apple's booting of Parler, which had become popular among Trump loyalists as an alternative to Twitter...


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