Timothy Donald Cook is an American business executive, philanthropist, and industrial engineer. He was born November 1, 1960. Cook is currently the CEO of Apple Inc. And was previously the company’s COO, working under cofounder of the company, Steve Jobs. Cook started at Apple in March of 1998 as Senior Vice President for Worldwide Operations, before taking over the role of Executive VP for worldwide sales and operations. He was promoted to CEO on August 24, 2011, before the death of Steve Jobs in October of that year. During his tenure as the chief executive, he has been an advocate for the political reformation of international and domestic surveillance, cybersecurity, and corporate taxation. As well as an advocate for American manufacturing and environmental preservation. When Cook publically came out as gay in 2014, he became the first chief executive of a Fortune 500 company to publicly announce his homosexuality. Tim Cook now serves on the boards of directors of several other organizations including Nike, Inc., the National Football Foundation, and Duke University. He announced, in 2015, that he planned to donate his entire stock fortune to charity.