Apple CEO Tim Cook Earns High Praise from Time

Apple CEO Tim Cook wasn’t named Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year” (that honor when to President Obama) but he was named a runner-up. And he even gets his own special Time cover.

“He inherited the most valuable company in the world from one of the greatest innovators in history. In 2012 he made Apple his own,” Time says of Cook, who initially drew concerns that he would never be able to replace the late Steve Jobs.

Cook has gone about his business apparently unintimidated by his role as successor to one of the greatest innovators in history. Cook’s record hasn’t been flawless, but he has presided in a masterly way over both a thorough, systematic upgrading of each of the company’s major product lines and a run-up in the company’s financial fortunes that can only be described as historic.

At the time of Jobs’ death, Apple was valued at $351 billion. Today, it’s worth $488 billion.

“The thing about it is, when you love what you do, you don’t really think of it as work. It’s what you do. And that’s the good fortune of where I find myself,” Cook says.

To read the full report from Time, click here.