Tim Cook, 53, made his announcement to try to help people struggling with their identity, he wrote in a Bloomberg article.
This week he challenged his home state of Alabama to ensure the rights of gay and transgender people.
Tim Cook says that he is proud to be gay (photo Twitter)
“I don’t consider myself an activist, but I realize how much I’ve benefited from the sacrifice of others,” Tim Cook wrote.
“So if hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it’s worth the trade-off with my own privacy,” he added.
Tim Cook said that he had been open about his s**uality with many people, including colleagues at Apple, but that it still “wasn’t an easy choice” to publicly announce his orientation.
Tim Cook, Apple CEO, has turned down a payout worth about $75 million.
Apple will pay a quarterly dividend of $2.65 per share from July, the first time the technology giant has declared a dividend since 1995.
But a regulatory filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission revealed that Tim Cook will not take up his dividends.
A newspaper recently said that Tim Cook was the best-paid boss in the US with an income of more than $300 million.
“At Mr. Cook’s request, none of his restricted stock units will participate in dividend equivalents,” the filing said. It did not say why.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Tim Cook made $378 million last year, most of which came from a grant of one million shares awarded.
His base salary is $900,000. His predecessor, Steve Jobs, famously had an annual salary of $1.
A regulatory filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission revealed that Tim Cook will not take up his Apple dividends
Earlier this week, Apple’s lead designer Jonathan Ive was knighted.
The Briton – responsible for the designs behind iconic products like Apple’s iPod, iPhone and iPad – also reaffirmed his desire to stay at the company.
Since the death of Steve Jobs, the Apple co-founder and figurehead, many have speculated that the company might struggle to maintain its reputation for innovative products and would face an exodus of top talent.
That has not happened yet as Apple has sought to lock in people like Tim Cook and Sir Jonathan Ive through long-term stock options.
Apple has about $110 billion in cash. In March, the tech giant said it would use its cash to start paying a dividend to shareholders and to buy back some of its shares.
It expects to use $45 billion over the next three years.
Earlier this year, Apple’s shares touched a high of $644, surpassing $600 billion in market value and making the company the world’s most valuable firm.
Since then, Apple shares have dropped to $562 each, making the company worth $525 billion.