Tim Cook
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United States
2018

Apple

Tim
Cook

CEO

In 2018, Cook grew Apple to new heights, as the iPhone and Mac maker became the first U.S. company ever to surpass a $1 trillion market capitalization. He continues to invest in Apple’s media ambitions, ordering shows from the likes of Damien Chazelle, M. Night Shyamalan and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television and signing a multi-year deal for original content with media superstar Oprah Winfrey. Cook’s latest product, the HomePod speaker, has been slow to soar, but insiders laud the com-pany’s work in augmented and virtual reality. Like other industry leaders, Cook has been a vocal critic of the Trump administration’s immigration policies. He has also broken ranks with his fellow tech CEOs on privacy issues, openly criticizing Facebook for its handling of user data.

Career

  • Apple
  • IBM
  • Compaq

Education

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

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
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Apple CEO Tim Cook Calls for Tougher Privacy Laws

Apple CEO Tim Cook Calls for Tougher Privacy Laws

Apple CEO Tim Cook called for the U.S. to enact tougher privacy laws similar to Europe's GDRP Wednesday, and warned against negative consequences of tech companies collecting huge amounts of data for their artificial intelligence efforts. Giving a speech to EU regulators in Brussels, Cook said that his company was "in full support of a comprehensive, federal privacy law in the United States."Cook later reiterated key points of his speech on Twitter, calling Europe's privacy regulations "good policy." "We believe that...

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