Apple CEO Tim Cook has ranked as the most powerful LGBT person in the USA, Back in 2014, Ellen DeGeneres had the honour of taking the crown, but a year later and she has been dethroned by Tim Cook, effectively swapping places with the Apple CEO.
Apple are now world’s most valuable company, recently launching the IPhone 6 and soon to be releasing the Apple Watch.
“We do things for other reasons than a profit motive. We do things because they are right and just,” he told one investor critical of Apple’s green initiatives at last year’s annual shareholder meeting
The top 50 list is a veritable who’s who of the most influential LGBT individuals from a wide range of fields: business, politicians, actors and actresses, writers and more. The list looks at “which LGBT voices have power, how they wield it, and who it affects.”
Following on from Tim Cook and Ellen DeGeneres was Rachel Maddow, at number 3, host of the highly influential and popular The Rachel Maddow show on MSNBC.
At number 4 sits Tammy Baldwin, the first openly gay U.S. senator, who campaigns to protect the environment and Medicare.
It wasn’t too long ago people believed that revealing you were gay could damage your acting career, but numerous people on the list demonstrate that this is no longer the case.
Take Zachary Quinto (ranked 17 on the list), who first made a name for himself on the 2008 American TV series Heroes playing the villain turned hero Sylar. Zachary was propelled to the silver screen when he was cast as Spock in the J.J. Abrams reboot of Star Trek, back in 2011 (and its 2013 sequel). It was during 2011 that Mr. Quinto decided to come out, realising that “…absolutely no good can come from me staying quiet about [my sexual orientation].
Or Ellen Page (ranked 36), who came out at last year’s Human Rights Campaign Time to Thrive. Page’s early career saw her play a variety of smaller roles, eventually landing the role of Kitty Pryde in X-Men: Last Stand – despite the character not getting much screen time, it did wonders for her career. Page’s career continued to skyrocket, playing as Ariadne in Inception, and again reprising the role of Kitty in the 2014 X-Men film days of Future Past (where she had a much larger, and more crucial role).
Narrowly missing out on the top 50 spots include Rich Ross, Janet Mock and Bryan singer (who had directed the X-Men films Page had starred in).