WATCH: Apple CEO Tim Cook outed
He may have been named by Out magazine as the most powerful LGBTI person in the world, but Apple CEO Tim Cook has never officially spoken about his sexuality. But now the CEO has been inadvertently outed on a CNBC show ‘Squawk on the Street’.
In the segment, CNBC and New York Times journalist, James Stewart, is discussing his most recent column regarding being gay in corporate America. The column spoke about former BP chief John Browne who recently penned a book regarding his time as a closeted leader at a high profile company. (Browne resigned from BP in 2007 after being outed in a magazine article). Stewart served as inspiration for the column, which urged gay CEOs to be themselves.
So what does all this have to do with Cook?
Speaking about the column, Stewart says he reached out to a number of CEOs who were gay but none would agree to be named for the column, at which point co-anchor Simon Hobbs commented, "I think Tim Cook is fairly open about the fact that he's gay at the head of Apple, isn't he?"
Hobbs immediately realises his gaffe but the cat has been let out of the bag.
The segment has now gone viral – but Cook has failed to comment on the exchange.
Read Stewart's column
Watch the segment