After reading an article on Mashable that talked about “The 5 people Tim Cook calls for advice on running the biggest company in the world,” the first thing that came to mind was, “Please, tell me there is a woman on the list,” and thank God I wasn’t disappointed.
In an interview with the Washington Post via Mashable, Tim Cook revealed how he handles big decisions at Apple and the top people he calls upon for advice. As expected, Tim Cook rubs shoulders with the big names in business and politics:
According to him:
“Running Apple is a lonely job.”
All male, but the only female on the list is none other than Steve Jobs widow, co-founder and former chief executive officer of Apple Inc. Laurene Powell Jobs Trust.
Apart from her previous accomplishments, she is the sixth richest woman in the world based on Forbes’ ranking and has a $560 million stake in Apple. She also owns 130–140 million shares of stock (7–8 percent) in The Walt Disney Company (All inherited from Steve Jobs) making her its largest shareholder (Wikipedia).
As to why Tim Cook seeks her out for advice, he said:
“Laurene has the lens of knowing me and deeply understanding Apple.”
It’s only fitting.