Publishing a list of The World’s 100 Most Influential People this afternoon, TIME Magazine named both Apple CEO, Tim Cook – and esteemed author of Steve Jobs’ official biography, Walter Isaacson – amongst other 2012 influentials, such as; Hilary Clinton, Salman Khan and even … Rihanna.
What’s particularly interesting about this list, is that, not only does Cook appear to be following in the footsteps of the late Steve Jobs himself in regards to his influential capacity, but it would appear each person which made the list was also required to have a report card (testimonial) written about them to justify their position.
Cook’s glowing summary came via former Vice President of the United States, Al Gore, who wrote:
It is difficult to imagine a harder challenge than following the legendary Steve Jobs as CEO of Apple. Yet Tim Cook, a soft-spoken, genuinely humble and quietly intense son of an Alabama shipyard worker and a homemaker, hasn’t missed a single beat.
Fiercely protective of Jobs’ legacy and deeply immersed in Apple’s culture, Cook, 51, has already led the world’s most valuable and innovative company to new heights while implementing major policy changes smoothly and brilliantly.[...]
Cook’s chance has come. What a beginning!
The above is just a snippet. To read the full statement Al Gore gave to TIME Magazine on Cook, be sure to head over to the full list: The 100 Most Influential People in the World.