2019 Stanford Commencement address by Tim Cook

Apple CEO Tim Cook delivered the Commencement address at Stanford’s 128th Commencement on June 16, 2019.

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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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