Profession: CEO of Apple
Why Famous: Replaced Steve Jobs as CEO of Apple in 2011 and transformed the company into one of the most valuable and influential companies that ever existed.
Cook joined Apple in 1998 as senior vice president of worldwide operations and used his skill in supply chain management to rise to Chief Operating Officer, second in command at Apple.
He is also the first CEO of a Fortune 500 company to admit publicly that he is gay.
- 2011-08-24 Steve Jobs resigns as CEO of Apple Inc., and is succeeded by Tim Cook, as a result of his illness
- 2016-02-17 Chief executive Tim Cook confirms Apple will contest an FBI order to unlock the phone of San Bernardino gunman Syed Rizwan Farook