Auburn grad Tim Cook one of 4 runners-up for TIME’s Person of the Year

Tim Cook (AU ’82) is (almost) TIME’s Person of the Year.

You’ll never guess which Auburn man was almost TIME magazine’s person of the year. Nope, not Pat Dye — Tim Cook.

Apple’s CEO was one of four runners-up for the annual distinction, losing out to some dude named Barack Obama.

But Cook’s cultural influence was still celebrated with a 2,500-word essay by author and senior TIME writer Lev Grossman that details just how masterfully Cook has succeeded Steve Jobs at the helm of the world’s most valuable company–”On the day Jobs died, Apple was valued at $351 billion; at press time its market cap stood at $488 billion, more than that of Google and Microsoft”–and which of course mentions Cook’s Auburn roots (which you can see in their gloriously nerdy glory here).

Related: Tim Cook’s 2010 Auburn commencement speech.

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