The tech chief executive’s first public acknowledgement
The CEO of Apple made a public announcement that he’s gay Thursday, in an essay that puts him among the highest-profile publicly out business leaders in the world.
Tim Cook, who took the reins of the world’s most valuable company from the late co-founder Steve Jobs, writes in Bloomberg Businessweek.
Writing in Businessweek, the CEO said that while he has never denied his sexuality, he hadn’t publicly acknowledged it either.
“So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me,” he wrote.
“Being gay has given me a deeper understanding of what it means to be in the minority and provided a window into the challenges that people in other minority groups deal with every day. It’s made me more empathetic, which has led to a richer life,” he added.
In the past week he criticized his home state Alabama’s lack of action over gay rights in a speech, stating that while we “can’t change the past, but we can learn from it, and we can create a different future.”