Tim Cook Tops List Of Most Powerful People In U.S. Wireless Industry

Tim Cook Tops List Of Most Powerful People In U.S. Wireless Industry

The last few weeks have been a bit rocky for Apple and its new CEO Tim Cook, but that hasn’t stopped it from enjoying record breaking successes thanks to the iPhone 5 and iPad.

Every year the people at Fierce Wireless rank the top 25 most powerful people in the U.S. wireless industry, and for their rankings this year Tim Cook managed to grab the number one spot.

Cook managed to beat out contenders like Square’s CEO Jack Dorsey, Steve Ballmer, Jeff Bezos, Nokia’s Stephen Elop, and all the CEOs from Sprint, Verizon and AT&T. What makes Cook so powerful in the mobile space? How about the fact that 77% of all smartphones sales at AT&T were iPhones?

Apple’s iPhone business is worth more than Microsoft’s entire company now, as it generated $30 billion in profit in 2012 alone. Over the last few years Apple has transitioned from a┬ápredominately┬ádesktop computer oriented company, to the lead innovator in smartphones, and that influence is only expected to grow over the next few years under Cook’s leadership.

  • dcdevito

    Scott Forstall ftw

  • Zod Buster

    Timmy is another Sculley…. wait and see

  • Buster

    Steve Jobs was so great but Timmy gives me the creeps. What a slimy, money-hungry egomaniac…

    how on earth did you come up with the assumption that Cook is a money-hungry egomanic? I’d love to hear about that. All CEOs are business oriented and worry about their bottom line, but I’ve never gotten the impression that Cook is slimy, or all about the money.

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