Tim Cook, Ellen DeGeneres, Anderson Cooper top most powerful gays

Fri. April 12, 2013 8:35 AM by OnTopMag.com

tim cook tops out's power 50 list

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Apple CEO Tim Cook tops gay glossy Out's seventh annual Power 50 list for a third year.

Cook returns to the top spot in this year's list of most influential gay people after taking over the reins as CEO from the late Steve Jobs.

"When Cook took charge of the tech giant in late 2011, many regarded the enigmatic successor with skepticism," editors wrote. "But over the past year, the CEO has guided Apple through significant upgrades on all of the company's product lines and led the brand's market share to increase to 20% of all money spent on U.S. consumer technology, up 2% from 2011. And did we mention Cook sat next to Michelle Obama at the State of the Union address?"

Ellen DeGeneres, who topped the list three years ago, earned a second place finish for a second year. DeGeneres announced in 1997 that she was gay on the cover of Time and married actress Portia de Rossi (now Portia Lee James DeGeneres) in 2008.

Ryan Murphy, the creator of Fox's Glee, NBC's The New Normal and FX's American Horror Story, received a third place finish.

In fourth place was MSNBC host Rachel Maddow. And another cable news anchor, Anderson Cooper, rounded out the top 5.

New additions to the list include drag queen RuPaul (50), statistician Nate Silver (6), musician Frank Ocean (10), music mogul Clive Davis (42) and former Pittsburgh Pirates CEO Kevin McClatchy (30).

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