Tim Cook named to TIME 100 list of world's most influential people

Tim Cook named to TIME 100 list of world's most influential people

Summary: Apple CEO Tim Cook was named to the 2012 TIME 100 list of breakouts, pioneers, moguls, leaders and icons.


Tim Cook named one of Time's 100 most influential people in the worldYesterday TIME revealed its ninth annual TIME 100, which lists the 100 most influential people in the world, "the people who inspire us, entertain us, challenge us and change our world."

Managing Editor Rick Stengel writes:

The TIME 100 list is about the infinite possibilities of influence and the power of influence to change the world…. Before microphones and television were invented, a leader had to stand in front of a crowd and bellow. Now [one] can tweet a phrase that reaches millions in a flash. Influence was never easier—or more ephemeral. Which is why we try to choose those people whose influence is both lasting and, with a few notable exceptions, laudable.

This year Apple CEO Tim Cook was named to the list of breakouts, pioneers, moguls, leaders and icons.

Steve Jobs may be the hardest act to follow in business history. But it's difficult to imagine anyone who could have gotten off to a stronger start than Cook has. Since he became Apple's CEO in August 2011, the iPhone 4S and the new iPad have become massive hits and the company's profits and market capitalization have set records. For a legendarily secretive company, Cook's Apple is being surprisingly open in its response to the controversy over employee welfare at its partners' Chinese manufacturing plants.

In a story for the article, former U.S. Vice President (and Apple Board member) Al Gore had glowing praise for the 51 year-old CEO:

He has indelibly imprinted his leadership on all areas of Apple — from managing its complex inner workings to identifying and shepherding new "insanely great" technology and design breakthroughs into the product pipeline...

Highly ethical and always thoughtful, he projects calmness but can be tough as nails when necessary. Like the great conductor George Szell, Cook knows that his commitment to excellence is inseparable from the incredible ensemble he leads at Apple. Szell was noted for saying, "We begin where others leave off."

FWIW: The Web picked Anonymous as Time magazine’s most influential person for 2012 (Time placed Anonymous at number 36 overall.) You can read the complete list here.

Topics: Apple, iPhone, Smartphones, Web development

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  • How this guy became one of most influential with only 9034 number of votes.

    If you see the number of votes each guy received from the link http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2107952_2107959_2107960,00.html; you can observe Tim Cook got only 9034 votes and even highest number of votes is for 'Anonymous' and are 395793.

    Do we really need to believe these guys are Most INFLUENTIAL that too in whole WORLD considering the ratio number of votes and number of people present in the world

  • These lists

    Michelle Obama is listed as one of the most influential.... Yet she's the biggest racist around....

    Also noticed Jessica Simpson was on the list.... need i say more?
    • Michelle Obama racist? How so? However she is the

      First Lady of the United States so yeah I'd think it would be fair to say/think she has influence.

      As for Jessica Simpson well you've got me there:)

      Pagan jim
      James Quinn
      • Agreed

        Michelle Obama is quite influential in health and fitness, a little bit in the fashion world.
        Loverock Davidson-
    • And the fail award goes to... [nt]

    • I had to look up Simpson

      which at least told me why I have never heard of her (and am likely to instantly forget that I now do).
      Laraine Anne Barker