It's the accounting of the most powerful and influential gay figures in America and this year Out magazine
unveils a shocker
with the person who snagged the top spot on its 5th Annual Power 50 list.
"[It's] the first year that the list has been topped by someone from the tech world," explains Out Editor in Chief
Aaron Hicklin. "In the shape of Apple's COO,
Tim Cook, who has helped turn his company into one of the world's most influential."
Cook has never been on the list before, yet being
Steve Jobs' right-hand man has its privileges.
Out explains its choice:
Each time Steve Jobs takes medical leave it's Cook--"soft-spoken [and] intensely private," to quote The New York Times -- who steps up to lead the world's most valuable tech firm. While it is Jobs's prescience that has kept the Cupertino, Calif., company at the cutting edge of technology, it's Cook who made sure Apple could deliver as demand rocketed. Leader-in-waiting? Most definitely.
Talk show maven
falls from her top spot last year to second and silver fox journalist
(though to our knowledge, he has never publicly identified himself as gay) takes this year's third place spot. To see the rest of the list,
Do you think Out got it right?