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Fortune magazine names Apple CEO as world’s greatest leader

An excerpt from cook’s response to his nomination, quotes him as saying “I have thick skin, but it got thicker. What I learned after Steve passed away."

Tim Cook

Tim cook, Apple CEO , who raised dust last October, when he publicly announced that he is gay, has been announced as the world’s greatest leaders based on his ability to steer Apple to greater heights after the demise of His mentor, Steve Jobs.

An excerpt from cook’s response to his nomination, quotes him as saying “I have thick skin, but it got thicker. What I learned after Steve passed away, what I had known only at a theoretical level, an academic level maybe, was that he was an incredible heat shield for us, his executive team. None of us probably appreciated that enough because it’s not something we were fixated on. We were fixated on our products and running the business. But he really took any kind of spears that were thrown. He took the praise as well. But to be honest, the intensity was more than I would ever have expected.”

Tim Cook also seized the opportunity to also speak about the public declaration of his sexuality, saying “While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now. So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.”

The public announcement of his gay orientation made him the first openly gay CEO in the Fortune 500.

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