THE IN­FLU­ENCERS

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The LGBT movers and shak­ers

The late Steve Jobs is cred­ited with drag­ging Ap­ple from near bank­ruptcy in 1997 to be­ing (ac­cord­ing to Forbes in 2016) the eighth biggest pub­lic com­pany in the world. Yet a sig­nif­i­cant player was Ti­mothy Don­ald Cook, head-hunted from Com­paq in 1998 by Jobs to help move Ap­ple into the con­sumer mar­ket. Cook re­duced costs and made long-term in­vest­ments en­sur­ing sta­ble sup­plies for the com­pany’s suc­ces­sive “block­buster” prod­ucts — iPods, iPhones and iPads. He was Jobs’s cho­sen suc­ces­sor in 2011. Three years later Cook be­came the first Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of a For­tune 500 com­pany to pub­licly iden­tify as gay. Other: Joel Simkhai (Grindr); Jon “mad­dog” Hall (Exec Di­rec­tor, Linux International)

TIM COOK

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