Writing for Bloomer Businessweek today, Apple CEO Tim Cook publicly acknowledged that he’s proud to be a gay and he considers being gay is one of the greatest gifts God has given him. Cook, who has been CEO of Apple for three years explains that many of Apple employees are aware he’s gay and it doesn’t seem to make a difference in the way they treat him.
The highly private Cook has never publicly revealed his sexuality, though he was open about it with many people. He said that he doesn’t consider himself to be an activist, but realizes how much he has benefited from the sacrifice of others. Cook writes, it’s his pleasure to be a part of the company that encourage creativity and innovation and knows it can only flourish when you embrace people’s differences. So if learning that CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to disclose who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it’s worth his public announcement.
The Albama-born 53-year old has been managing the role of an uncle, a nature lover, a fitness nut, a son of the South, a sports fanatic, among many other things. He joined Apple in 1998 after quitting IBM and became Apple’s CEO temporarily succeeding Steve Jobs in 2009. He was permanently appointed in 2011, six weeks prior to Job’s untimely death. With the announcement of his sexuality, Cook now continues to focus on what he loves: running Apple.