Now That Tim Cook's Running Apple, His Parents Are Celebs In Alabama

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Despite the fact that Tim Cook is basically Apple’s CEO right now, relatively little is known about the man.In the run up to Apple’s shareholder meeting today, Reuters took a crack at peeling back the curtain a little on Cook. Here’s a few choice nuggets:

  • Reuters has the usual talk about Cook’s operational “genius,” his love of Auburn football, and the fact that he’s a workout nut.
  • A former employee says, “He has a steel trap of a mind,” and, “He not only knows everything about what he’s doing, he knows everything about what you’re doing too.”
  • He is a “perennial” number 2 man. He even finished second in his high school class of 175. He was voted “most studious” at school.
  • Thanks to his success, his parents are celebrities in his hometown of Robertsdale, Alabama (population: 5,000). A local tv station profiled them in 2009, and Tim’s father said he calls home every Sunday.

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