An email from Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta released in the recent WikiLeaks dump has revealed that Apple CEO Tim Cook was, at one point, on a shortlist as a potential vice presidential candidate.
The email, sent on March 17th, 2016, was sent by Podesta to Clinton and included a “first cut of people to consider for VP.” The list not only included Tim Cook, but also interesting choices such as Bill and Melinda Gates as well as General Motors CEO Mary Barra. In the email Podesta says that the list is organized “in rough food groups.”
The VP shortlist is a “first cut” of potential candidates, and at this point it is not entirely clear how far through the vetting process Tim Cook made it. One can imagine that he would have been honored, though it’s likely that Apple shareholders would not have been the happiest of campers.
It’s worth noting that two months ago the Apple CEO held a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton where tickets ranged anywhere from $2,700 to $50,000. All of the proceeds were earmarked for the Hillary Victory Fund, a committee that contributes to the Clinton campaign.
Obviously, Cook was not chosen to be the vice presidential candidate, and in all honesty, he likely would have declined the offer. He might be busy running the world’s most valuable company, anyways.