Big Tech CEOs face grilling in Congress

CEOs from Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple faced jabs for alleged abuse of their market power from Democrats and Republicans on Wednesday in a much-anticipated congressional hearing.
Members of both parties grilled the four powerful CEOs – Apple’s Tim Cook, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Alphabet’s Sundar Pichai and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos – on everything from market dominance to data surveillance to military contracts to political censorship.

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In This Story: Tim Cook

Timothy Donald Cook is the chief executive officer of Apple Inc., and previously served as the company’s chief operating officer under its cofounder Steve Jobs.

Cook joined Apple in March 1998 and was made the chief executive on August 24, 2011, prior to Jobs’ death in October of that year.

Since 2011 when he took over Apple, to 2020, Cook doubled the company’s revenue and profit, and increased its market value from $348 billion to $1.9 trillion.

In 2014, Cook became the first chief executive of a Fortune 500 company to publicly come out as gay. Cook also serves on the boards of directors of Nike, Inc., the National Football Foundation, and is a trustee of Duke University. In March 2015, he said he planned to donate his entire stock fortune to charity.

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