Caitlyn Jenner & Tim Cook make Time’s 100 most influential list


Caitlyn-Jenner-and-Tim-Cook-make-Time-100-most-influential-listCaitlyn Jenner and Tim Cook have been named two of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine.

A former Olympic athlete turned reality TV star, Jenner was listed by the magazine under the category of Pioneers.

Writing about her for Time, transgender activist Wayne Maines praised the 66-year-old for “having the courage to come out at this stage of her life”.

While Jenner had a huge impact on the public consciousness when she came out as trans last year, she has since been criticised for her conservative political and social views. She’s also been slammed by some activists for being out of touch with the reality of most trans people’s lives.

Maines wrote, however, that “no matter where you come from, how famous you might be or how much money you have, letting America see you in such a vulnerable way is daring and admirable—not self-serving”.

He added: “I have the greatest respect for her courage and commitment to truth. The courage that she displays is helping challenge society to change.”

Cook, 55, took over as CEO of Apple in August 2011, following the death of the company’s co-founder, Steve Jobs. He came out as gay in 2014, and has become a vocal advocate for the LGBT community and a global role model as a gay achiever in business.

“Behind his soft-spoken demeanor and Southern manners is a focused fearlessness that comes from deep personal conviction,” wrote Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of the Walt Disney Co, about Cook.

“Tim is committed to doing the right thing, in the right way, at the right time and for the right reasons. As CEO, he’s led Apple to new heights, and he continues to build a global brand that is universally recognized as an industry leader and widely respected for its values.”

Cook was listed under the category of Titans. View Time’s full 2016 list here.

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