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Tim Cook makes 2012's TIME 100

Apple CEO named as one of the world's most influential people

TIME has published its 2012 TIME 100 list, featuring 100 names of the people it believes are the most influential in the world. Apple's CEO, Tim Cook, is one of those influential people this year.

Cook's description published for TIME's list was written by Al Gore, former US Vice President and a member of Apple's board.

Gore writes: "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," Gore adds.

Steve Jobs was named in TIME's annual list five times, with only Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Oprah Winfrey appearing on the list more times than Apple's late co-founder.

In TIME's 2012 list, Cook appears alongside names such as Barack Obama, Anonymous, and Rihanna, as well as the UK's own Catherine and Pippa Middleton, and British singer Adele.

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