It was never about asking Cook to discuss his income. The question was, was he worth it ? This is a question that we are more than entitled to ask. Apple is an American company, they expect the rights that come with that - among them the right to have companies off shore and not pay a dime of taxes on it.
This of course is an American Law at the moment, which Apple has adroitly used for it's own benefit. In effect asking the American tax-payer to quasi ( some would argue an actually) subside a major operational expense.
Now it is not illegal to do what they have done nor are they alone by any means - I think most major enterprises function in this way. But a certain amount of revenue must be injected into the system in order for it to function. And if companies don't pay their fair share, who do you think makes up the difference ? The tax payer of course.
I mention this only to show one of the main reasons anyone with some intelligence would and should ask this question of a person who has taken over the highest valued company in the World.
Americans are in effect unofficial shareholders of every major successful corporation that operates within their boarders, because they all pay less then they should.
Which only underscores the reason we should hold those that run these companies accountable.
I was only focusing on Cook's fein attempt to placate those asking about minority engineer representation within the upper ranks of Apple. If they say they don't have enough - it is because they are not looking.
And of course this eventually lead to my statement that he should put his money where his mouth is.
All of this comes before any thought of wondering how he actually spends his money.
Doesn't matter to me - but it is clear there is little courage of conviction and to be fair the same could be said of every Tech company out there.
No one is calling them to the carpet - I just did.
On lighter note, I do agree we have agreed so long that it is refreshing for us not to see eye to eye. You push me to new frontiers in thought and expression and I thank you for that.
You are right - that is what these communities are all about - the exchange of ideas and beliefs which in the end make you a more enlightened person in every sense.
I am a firm believer that if you cannot defend your position, one cannot reasonably hold it - so I hope I was able to do so - otherwise I will keep trying. : )
I honestly did not want to go this far on the topic, but I am glad I did because it needed to be said.
And when all is said and done, Yup, We're both the best !