Apple CEO Tim Cook comes out as gay

Apple's chief executive Tim Cook publicly came out as gay in an article he wrote in Bloomberg Businessweek, published today (Oct 30). 

Cook, 53, joined Apple in March 1998 as senior vice president of worldwide operations.

Before he succeeded the late Steve Jobs as Apple's CEO in Aug 2011, Cook served as the tech giant's chief operating officer. 

"It’s been tough and uncomfortable at times, but it has given me the confidence to be myself, to follow my own path, and to rise above adversity and bigotry. It’s also given me the skin of a rhinoceros, which comes in handy when you’re the CEO of Apple."

Tim Cook

Cook has never previously acknowledged his sexual orientation.

“So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay,” wrote Cook in the article.

Source: Reuters, Bloomberg Businessweek, Nike Investors