This week Tim Cook come publicly in his article on the Bloomberg Businessweek talking openly about his sexual orientation: “While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now,” he wrote.
“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 added.
Although he never kept it as a secret, he kept a certain level of privacy.
Mr Cook admitted that going public as a gay man was not an easy choice – but it certainly looks a courageous one. That could embroil him in controversy in the United States, let alone in other parts of the world with less liberal views of sexuality.
Former BP chief executive Lord Browne, who now chairs fracking company Cuadrilla, said Mr Cook had become a role model.
“By deciding to speak publicly about his sexuality, Tim Cook has become a role model, and will speed up changes in the corporate world,” Lord Browne said.
Earlier in the week Tim criticised his home state Alabama’s lack of action over gay rights in a speech, saying that while we “can’t change the past, but we can learn from it, and we can create a different future.”
Tim Cook mark that change he wish to make by: “I don’t consider myself an activist, but I realise how much I’ve benefited from the sacrifice of others. So if hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it’s worth the trade-off with my own privacy,” he continued.