Tim Cook Makes it to TIME’s 100 Most Influential People List
Tim Cook’s segment is signed by John Lewis, a civil rights leader and Democratic Congressman from Georgia and reads:
It could not have been easy for Tim Cook to step into the immense shadow cast by the late Apple co-founder, Steve Jobs. But with grace and courage and an unabashed willingness to be his own man, Tim has pushed Apple to unimaginable profitability—and greater social responsibility. He is setting a new standard for what business can do in the world. Tim is unwavering in his support of an individual’s right to privacy and is not only embracing equality and LGBT rights but advocating for change through his words and actions. His commitment to renewable energy is also leaving our planet a little cleaner and a little greener for generations yet unborn.
Above all, he has shown that profitability and integrity can go hand in hand. Tim has done this while introducing, time and again, some of the most innovative products the world has ever seen. Tim Cook is proof that even the most successful companies can and should be judged by more than just their bottom line.
Another interesting aspect of the list is Jony Ive, who didn’t make the cut, but signed a piece about Airbnb founder and designer Brian Chesky describing him as a “travel revolutionary” and goes on to praise his “remarkable startup Airbnb, as “a new way to build community through people’s innate desire to connect with the world around them.”
On the top of the list we find Kanye West, followed by Lorne Michaels and Mellody Hobson. Tim Cook is ranked fourth on the list.