Out's power 50 includes some influential figures not even out

Wed. April 13, 2011 3:43 PM by GoPride.com News Staff

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Apple's COO Tim Cook tops most influential gay figure list, despite not being publicly out

Los Angeles, CA - Out magazine has released its 5th Annual Power 50 list, an accounting of the most powerful and influential gay figures in America, and it includes a few who've yet to publicly declare they're gay.

Apple COO Tim Cook, who has been running the company since CEO Steve Jobs too a medial leave, was ranked number one despite the fact that Cook has remained private about his sexuality.

Technology blog Gizmodo reports that Cook has acknowledged to be gay within certain circles at Apple and it named Cook "the most powerful gay man in Silicon Valley" this past January.

"It's the first year that the list has been topped by someone from the tech world, in the shape of Apple's COO, Tim Cook, who has helped turn his company into one of the world's most influential," Out's editor-in-chief Aaron Hicklin said in a press release.

Cook bested last years winner, Ellen DeGeneres, who remained on the list at number 2.

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, who ranked third, Fox News anchor Shepard Smith (#6) and actress Jodie Foster (#47) are also on the list despite never officially declaring their sexuality.

The 5th Annual Power 50 List (in order): Tim Cook, Ellen DeGeneres, Anderson Cooper, Rachel Maddow, Barney Frank, Shepard Smith, Peter Theil, Barry Diller, Joe Solmonese, Rich Ross, Tammy Baldwin, David Ciccilline, Jared Polis, Marc Jacobs, Scott Rudin, Ryan Murphy, Tom Ford, Neil Patrick Harris, Jann Wenner, Anthony Romero, David Geffen, Perez Hilton, Andrew Sullivan, Tim Gill, Christine Quinn, Andy Cohen, Suze Orman, Annise Parker, Bryan Lourd & Kevin Huvane, Chad Griffin, Martha Nelson, Greg Berlanti, Richard Berke, Jeremy Bernard, Chuck Wolfe, Nick Denton, Robert Hanson, Mary Kay Henry, Ken Mehlman, Nate Berkus, Matt Drudge, Dan Savage, Adam Moss, Christine Vachon, Adam Lambert, John Cooper, Dustin Lance Black, Jodie Foster, Jim Nelson, Evan Wolfson, Lisa Cholodenko, Ariel Foxman.


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