The New York Times claims that of the 1,000 largest companies in America, exactly zero of them are led by an openly gay CEO. That depends, of course, on how you define "openly."
Claire Cain Miller writes on the Times' Upshot site today that "the business world is one of the slowest sectors of society to adopt new norms of acceptance," particularly in comparison with the barriers that have been busted in the NFL with Michael Sam and NBA with Jason Collins. "It may seem incongruous that corner offices trail, say, the testosterone-fueled world of N.F.L. linebackers in their apparent acceptance of homosexuality," she writes.
That is all true. However, as many people were quick to point out, her story does not even mention someone who is arguably the most powerful man, gay or straight, in American business: Apple CEO Tim Cook.
While it's true that Cook has never made any grand official pronouncements about his sexuality, it's not exactly a secret to Apple's numerous followers. Press like former Reuters writer Felix Salmon and Gawker have discussed it openly for years, and he has even been on Out magazine's list of the most powerful LGBT persons in the country. Cook is known as a private person generally, but he has even spoken publicly about facing discrimination in his own life. Journalists at the Times have mostly ignored the issue when reporting on Cook and Apple. After all, he's not an activist and it's not relevant to his job duties or business plans as the leader of one of the biggest companies in tech.