Apple CEO Tim Cook talks diversity and coming out in People magazine interview

Apple CEO Tim Cook
Apple CEO Tim Cook
Armando Correa for People en Español:

Six years ago, Tim Cook, who took the reins at Apple after the death of its founder, Steve Jobs, called renowned CNN anchor Anderson Cooper to set up a meeting with him. Cook was about to make a decision that would reverberate around the world and he wanted Cooper’s advice.

Cook, 59, had decided to publish a column where he would share with the world that he was gay, making him the first, and until then only, leader of a Fortune 500 company to come out of the closet. Five years later, speaking slowly and with a slight smile, he says: “I have not regretted it for one minute. Not at all.”

MacDailyNews Note: Read more in the full article and also check out Apple’s “Inclusion & Diversity” page here.


    1. I didn’t realise you were being forced to watch/read the article… kudos to your oppressors for their skill and abilities. What techniques of theirs can you share with me? I wish to learn from them.

      In other news, what makes you think that we care what you think, or have any influence on Mr Cook’s decision to speak about his personal choices.

      Would it be classed as irony that we don’t care for your personal opinion about someone else’s personal opinion?

    2. I agree. I don’t want to hear about other CEO’s heterosexual preferences either and I sure don’t need the constant reminders of Tim’s sexual predilections. “Oh look at me I’m a gay CEO.” Whatever dude. Just keep it behind closed doors.

      1. Paul, have you ever read a personality profile piece in People, The Wall Street Journal, or any other magazine or online publication? Almost without exception, there will be at least one line in the story about the subject’s spouse and children. Do you consider that a reminder of the subject’s sexual predilections, or is it only same-sex relationships that you insist be kept in the closet?

  1. People, Planet, Profits sums up what corporations should be about these days. Though very different than Jobs, Cook is equally as significant and successful. I’ve always thought highly of him, but as time passes, his greatness emerges. Greatness takes time to appear. Among the many strong leadership positions he has taken, privacy may, be his most significant. But his position on diversity is a close second.

    I don’t think people understand what a CEO’s roles is all about – Jobs was highly unusual working so intensely on product.

    Tough call with China, but he is following their laws, so what would you do in his shoes?

    Love the products coming out of Apple – they work for me and make me happy. Looking forward to what comes next with glasses, car and whatever else they have up their sleeves.

    Proud Fan Boy

  2. I don’t know Tim Cook, but have been using Macs since they were introduced, long before he joined Apple. Cook’s experiences don’t interest me at all, but Macs do. Why do we have to hear about Tim’s personal life? He doesn’t care about mine. He cares ONLY that I buy Apple products.

    Tim, I don’t give a damn about your personal life, and you don’t give a damn about mine.

    Make better Macs, iPhones, and iPads. And keep you mouth shut about your personal life, as I do about mine. Since Steve Jobs died, you’ve neglected the Mac, but we’ve got to hear about your personal life.

    Is there something wrong with this picture?

    1. Same here. I could care less. I find his insistence on inserting himself into everything pretty off-putting. If there weren’t certain aspects of Apple that I thought were worth it I’d drop them like a lead balloon, he is insufferable. Steve was a ****head supreme, but he was a professional. I could give two poops about their profit supremacy, I no longer like Apple as an entity.

    2. He doesn’t give a damn about your personal life because nobody does—you aren’t a public figure. Nobody cares about mine, either.

      A lot of people do care about Tim Cook’s personal life because he is a public figure, both as the CEO of the world’s most valuable corporation and as one of the world’s most prominent gay businessmen. People like that are the grist for profile writers in a plethora of publications. The articles will be written whether Cook cooperated or not. Giving interviews is part of a public figure’s job description, because it helps them to control the narrative, which protects their employer.

    3. News about Tim’s personal life is a TINY fragment of the daily news about Apple and it’s products. I think your reaction is WAY out of proportion to the quantity of such news… especially given the fact that you don’t HAVE TO pay attention to any of it at all.

  3. I remember when I first “came out”. It was a very hard time. People were not very tolerant. There was more hate than you can imagine. Others who had come out before I did were called vile names and attacked violently. It was a terrible time in America. Still, I thought I had to let people know who I was and now I am glad that I let the world know. Its a better place. And I feel “proud” to say it. I voted for Donald Trump. I am out.

    1. He is an entertaining commentator with a point of view some people share and others don’t. Beyond that, he is the son of Gloria Vanderbilt and therefore famous for being famous, like Kim Kardassian or a certain reality TV star prior to taking up his current career.

  4. I’m an old fashioned geezer, fiscally and politically conservative I guess you would call me. I love our founding fathers and their faith and intellect. Love reading their writings. I also love all people, all races, types, etc. I can’t think of a single type I don’t really love. Straight as an arrow, married to Ethyl over 46 years, etc., old Vietnam combat vet who never did drugs. So there. For old Tim, well, he’s gay. Fine. All I really care about regarding that is PLEASE do not make it an agenda for teaching kids to be gay, or try to force homosexual lifestyle on everybody. People like me already love and accept you as you are. After all, that is the way of Jesus. Very simple. He never condemns people.

    1. I’m sure that will go over great with the readers of People Magazine. Non-techies buy a lot more electronic devices than people who are interested in operating system fixes for bugs that don’t affect them personally. Apple sales are dependent on the Apple brand being visible to a mass audience—precisely the sort of consumers who read puff pieces in People.

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