Understanding Tim Cook’s Net Worth, Salary, and Gay relationship

Net Worth:$1 billion
Age/Date of Birth:
November 1, 1960
6 feet (1.83 m)
Wife or Girlfriend:N/A
Parents:Father: Donald Cook
Mother: Geraldine Cook

Tim Cook is an American business executive and industrial engineer who in 2011 replaced Steve Jobs as the CEO of Apple Inc. – the world’s most valuable company and the most profitable business in America.

A new analysis by Bloomberg finds that the net worth of Apple CEO Tim Cook is $1 billion, officially making him a billionaire.

Timothy Donald Cook was born on November 1, 1960, in Mobile, Alabama. Unlike other wealthy tech guys who are famed for being college dropouts, Cook actually made it to the end of college and beyond. He earned a B.SC in industrial engineering from the Auburn University in 1982 and later, an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business in 1988.

Upon graduation, he landed a job at IBM where he rapidly rose up the ranks to helm the North American fulfilment. Following a successful 12 year stint, Cook, in 1994 was hired by Intelligent Electronics as the Chief Operating Officer of the computer reseller division. Three years later, he became the vice president of corporate materials at Compaq where he managed the product inventory for the next 6 months.

Tim Cook

His Apple Career

Cook in 1998 terminated his VP job at Compaq to accept Steve Jobs’ offer to serve at Apple as the Senior Vice President for worldwide operations. Cook’s decision was a bold one, to say the least as he had to overcome discouraging words from many who at the time speculated that Apple was on the verge of collapse as it recorded declining profits.

Fortunately, Cook proved to have the Midas touch on Apple. His contributions including leading the Macintosh division and developing reseller/supplier relationship strategies helped to restore Apple’s glory. To achieve the later, Cook shut down warehouses and factories responsible for stocking and manufacturing Apple’s product parts and instead contracted the job to other companies. By so doing, Apple was able to reduce stockpile inventory, reduce production cost, and eventually record profits.

By the end of the fiscal year 1998, Apple began to record huge profits, an extraordinary improvement for a company that had reported $1 million in losses in the previous fiscal year. Since then, Apple has been winning at varying degrees.

Cook’s extraordinary contributions were rewarded in 2007 with a promotion to Chief Operating Officer and a $500,000 annual paycheck. At the peak of Jobs’ ailment in 2011, Cook was appointed to replace him as the CEO and two months later in October 2011 Jobs passed. His new job came with a starting salary of $900,000 and 1 million restricted stock options valued at $378 million.

Tim Cook As CEO of Apple, Cook has outperformed expectations. Under his stewardship, Apple became the world’s most valuable company in 2012, trading a share at $662. This has been hugely credited to the buzz that surrounded the launch of the new iPhone 5. The company has since used the strategy of product innovation to up its share price. Since then, Apple has launched the Apple Watch, Apple TV, and iPhone 6. However, the launch of its iPhone 7 without the headphone jack was met by mixed reviews.

Tim in 2014 lead the largest acquisition in Apple’s history – the $3 billion purchase of Dr Dre‘s Beats Music and Beats Electronics. However, many labelled it as an “overpaid” acquisition.

Cook’s career as CEO hasn’t been without its fair share of woes. He has been rated poorly in the area of hiring. An example was when John Browett, who was hired as Senior VP of retail was fired just 6 months later. He made away with a 100,000 share stock grant valued at $60 million.

Secondly, shareholder returns have been poor starting from 2015. The share price decline was exacerbated by the EU’s decision that Apple should pay $14.5 billion in back taxes to Ireland after it was discovered that the phone maker’s operation in the country was benefiting from “sweetheart deals”. Hopefully, Tim Cook can come up with another innovation that would shoot Apple’s share price through the roof and in turn earn the billionaire status.

Analysis of Tim Cook’s Net Worth and Salary

For salary/bonus, Tim Cook earns 8 figures annually, although the figures fluctuate due to Apple’s adherence to “pay-for-performance”.

For instance, in 2015 he earned $10.3 million but in 2016 he received a 15% cut to $8.5 million because the company couldn’t meet its annual sales target. However, those figures are a huge improvement from the $900,000 he first earned as Apple’s CEO in 2011, meaning that Cook has an impressive track record.

Additionally, Apple’s Proxy statement as of 2017 revealed that Cook has an average of 952,000 shares that vest every year. As most of his wealth comes from stock options, Cook’s net worth/monetary value fluctuates with the vagaries of the stock market.

However, sometime in January 2017, Apple’s share traded at $117 putting the value of his annual vested stock at $113 million. Also, Cook has over 3 million unvested shares that would be fully vested by 2021. Per Forbes, Cook has earned $500 million from stock, salary and perks between 2011 and 2016. Thus, we estimate his 2017 net worth between $400 and $600 million.

According to a recent data compiled by the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Tim Cook’s net worth has reached $1 billion recently, something that is not common for a CEO “who didn’t actually found” the company he runs. Bloomberg arrived at the $1 billion net worth estimate based on regulatory filings and estimations based on market performance:

Cook’s net worth estimate is based on an analysis of regulatory filings and applying the market performance of a typical wealthy investor to his proceeds from share sales. Cook, 59, said in 2015 that he plans to give most of his fortune away and has already gifted millions of dollars worth of Apple shares. His wealth could be lower if he’s made other undisclosed charitable gifts. Anders Melin and Tom Metcalf / Bloomberg Staff

Tim Cook’s billionaire status comes as Apple stock has risen by almost 5%, pushing it closer to a $2 trillion market valuation. It will be recalled that in 2018, Apple hit the $1 trillion market value milestone, but the number is already heading towards $2 trillion in a matter of just 2 years.

The CEO Has Been Proudly Gay Since October 2014

Tim Cook

Cook had for a long time kept issues about his personal life, especially his sexual orientation, very private. Even though he had been an avid supporter of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights, the gender he finds sexually attractive wasn’t known to the public until 2014. Before then, it was rumoured that the man is gay.

Although many of Cook’s colleagues at Apple knew he was gay, on October 30, 2014, Cook, during a Tuesday The Late Show interview with Stephen Colbert, decided to go public about his sexuality. He plainly stated that he was proud to be gay and considers being gay among the greatest gifts of God to him.

The announcement made Mr. Cook the very first openly gay CEO of the Fortune 500 companies.

Why It Took Him So Long to Publicly Embrace His Sexual Identity 

For someone that proclaimed that being gay is God’s greatest gift to him, it wouldn’t be out of place for one to wonder why it took the business executive many years to publicly embrace his sexual identity and join the campaign for the rights of the LGBTQ community.

Cook has opened up about that, relating that he valued his privacy a great deal. There are several other reasons a billionaire might be unwilling to publicly disclose he’s gay. But all of that changed when he received letters from kids struggling with their sexual orientation.

The letters, according to Tim, made him realize he had been valuing his privacy too much and it had been hindering him from doing what he can to help people who like him, are not sexually straight. So, Cook decided to tell everyone about his sexual preference, hoping that his story would help LGBTQ youth struggling because of who they are in some way.

Married or Dating, Who Is Tim Cook’s Partner?

Though it is now known that the Apple CEO is gay, information about him having a boyfriend or husband has been hard to come by. Nonetheless, it is widely believed that the philanthropist has never been married.

Attempts to authenticate this have not yielded any meaningful results. An instance was during a Cisco event in 2015 where John Chambers questioned him about marriage and he evaded the question, asserting that he can’t talk much about marriage. But then, he celebrated the U.S Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states as shown below.

Tim has largely kept his love life away from the public but it has been claimed in some quarters that he was once in a relationship with Benjamin Ling. Ling is an Asian-American Stanford alum. He has a degree in Computer Science and has worked with prominent establishments like Facebook, Google, and Khosla Ventures. If they truly date, how their relationship began and when it ended is best known to them. Neither of the two has publicly acknowledged the relationship.

Profile Summary
First Name:Timothy
Last Name:Cook
Also Known As:
Tim Cook
Business executive
Industrial engineer
Famous For:Chief executive officer (CEO) of Apple Inc
Colleges/Universities Attended:
Auburn University
Duke University's Fuqua School of Business
Educational Qualifications:
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in industrial engineering
Birthday & Zodiac
Age/Date of Birth:
November 1, 1960
Zodiac Sign:Scorpio
Birth Place:
Mobile, Alabama, U.S.
Country of Residence:
United States of America (USA)
Physical Attributes
6 feet (1.83 m)
Weight: 187 lb
Eye Colour:
Hair Color:
Other Body Measurements:
Marital Status:
Family and Relatives
Donald Cook
Mother:Geraldine Cook
Siblings:Gerald Cook (Brother)
Michael Cook (Brother)
Other Relatives:
Net Worth
Estimated Net Worth:
$1 billion
Source of Wealth:
Apple stock options


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