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 predominately desktop 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.