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Although Apple CEO Tim Cook had hinted at his sexual orientation in the past, most notably in a speech at Auburn University in 2013, he announced that he is gay in a personal essay published in Businessweek on Thursday. “So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me,” Cook wrote. Earlier this week, Cook gave an impassioned speech on racial equality and gay rights in Alabama. As the CEO of the world’s most valuable company measured by market cap, Cook is the most prominent openly gay executive in the tech industry.