Trump says he did say Tim Cook, he just said 'Cook' really quietly

  • US President Donald Trump says he called Apple CEO Tim Cook, "Tim Cook Apple," not "Tim Apple."
  • Axios reported that Trump defended his remark during an evening with donors at his Mar-a-Lago Florida retreat.
  • Trump was widely ridiculed for the "Tim Apple" comment, and even Cook himself took it in good humor. 

Donald Trump is trying to style out one of his more bizarre moments.

The US president was widely ridiculed last week when he referred to Apple CEO Tim Cook as "Tim Apple" during a meeting at the White House.

Even Cook himself, who was sat right next to Trump, made light of the incident, replacing his last name with the Apple logo on his Twitter profile. Ivanka Trump, who was sat the other side of her father, also laughed it off.

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Tim Cook is worth at least $625.37 million, according to a 2017 estimate by data company Equilar reported by Time.

Source: TIME

The bulk of that is from his total stock options and shares in Apple, which total nearly $622 million. Cook is also on the Nike board of directors, where he has $3.4 million in stock options.

Source: TIME

Cook's actual net worth is certainly even higher than that — but information on his property, investment portfolio, and cash on hand isn't publicly available.

Source: TIME

That's relatively low compared to other tech CEOs. Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and Larry Page are all worth tens of billions. 

Source: Forbes

Even though Apple is the highest-value company on the planet, there's only one known Apple-related billionaire: Laurene Powell Jobs, who is Apple cofounder Steve Jobs' widow.

Source: Forbes

In 2017, Cook's salary as CEO was $3 million. That's up from his first year as CEO in 2011, when his salary was $900,000.

Sources: Apple regulatory filings from 2018 and 2012

Cook, who came out as gay in 2014, is not married and has no children. He leads a private, solitary life, but here's what we know about how he spends his fortune...

Sources: Business Insider, Quora, Time

Despite being a multi-millionaire, Cook is remarkably frugal. He reportedly buys his underwear at Nordstrom's semi-annual sale.

Source: Mashable

"I like to be reminded of where I came from, and putting myself in modest surroundings helps me do that," Cook said. "Money is not a motivator for me."

Source: Inside Apple excerpt by Adam Lashinsky

As of 2012, Cook lives in a $1.9 million Palo Alto home that's 2,400 square feet. That's relatively modest for the ritzy Bay Area city, which now has a median home value of $3.3 million.

Sources: Cult of Mac, Fortune, Zillow

Cook spends most of his time at the office — which includes reportedly waking up at 3:45 a.m. to start reading and responding to emails.

Source: Business Insider

As for travel, Cook has to travel often for work. Apple spent $93,109 last year on Cook's private plane alone.

Source: Apple regulatory filing from 2018

But he keeps it domestic when it comes to personal travel, visiting spots like Yosemite National Park.

Source: TIME

One of his known vacations was to New York City with his nephew. He showed the tween boy around the New York Stock Exchange in 2016.

Source: CNBC

Indeed, Cook's most-known hobby is his love of fitness, hiking, and cycling.

Source: TIME

Cook goes to the gym at 5 a.m. every morning — but not the Apple company gym, so he can keep a low profile.

Sources: Mashable, Business Insider

But we do know that Cook likes to spend money on political causes. He's thrown fundraisers for politicians like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

Source: Fortune, NPR

And Cook plans to give away all of his money to charity when he dies. He has no children of his own, and wants to create a better world for his nephew. "You want to be the pebble in the pond that creates the ripple for change," he told Fortune in 2015.

Source: Fortune
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But now Trump is arguing that the whole incident is "fake news," according to Axios reporter Jonathan Swan.

Trump was entertaining donors at his Mar-a-Lago Florida retreat on Friday night, and told the audience that he actually said "Tim Cook Apple," he just said it quickly and his pronunciation of "Cook" was quiet.

He later turned to his favorite line of attack, Axios said, calling out the "fake news" for focusing on the "Tim Apple" remark. Axios said donors in the room were mystified. "I just thought, why would you lie about that," one said.

Here's a video of the moment again, so you can decide for yourself:

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