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Tim Cook Probably Won't Be Apple CEO By 2031. (Also, He's Never Met Elon Musk.)

In a podcast interview with the 'New York Times,' Steve Jobs' successor says 10 more years at the helm may be a hard ask.


Any good journalist knows to end an interview with a compelling kicker question, i.e. a final back-and-forth that offers some kind of conclusive catnip other content providers can pick up on as headline fodder. Veteran tech-biz journalist Kara Swisher abides in her brand-new chat with CEO for her New York Times Q&A podcast, Sway.

The two talked at length about everything from being an leader and the consequences of taking political positions to the fact that, while he has "great admiration and respect" for , the two have never spoken. But the most tantalizing bit was saved for last, when Swisher asked Cook — apropos of nothing — "Are you going to be at Apple 10 more years?"

The 60-year-old exec pointedly replied. "Probably not. But I can tell you that I feel great right now. And the date's not in sight. But 10 more years is a long time." Though, when pressed on what might come next in his life, he added, "I don't have a clue, because I love this company so much that it's hard to imagine my life without it."

Same, Tim. Same.

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