Apple CEO is a lonely soul, but he doesn't want your sympathy

Tim Cook has held the role of CEO for five years

Apple CEO, Tim Cook, is marking five years in the role this month. Cook sat down with the Washington Post for a wide ranging interview that covers everything from how he felt filling the shoes of Steve Jobs to who he chats to for advice. 

Speaking about his role, Cook admits it can be "lonely", but explained ""I'm not looking for any sympathy. CEOs don't need any sympathy." 

Cook was under severe scrutiny from the word go, as took the role following the death of Steve Jobs back in 2011. Jobs had rescued the company following a difficult period in the 90s. 

"To me, Steve's not replaceable. By anyone. He was an original of a species. I never viewed that was my role. I think it would have been a treacherous thing if I would have tried to do it."

When discussing the future, Cook told the Washington Post he is "convinced" every person in the world will have a smartphone, and that they will become even more entrenched in our lives.
 
He also told the paper he turns to the likes of former US President Bill Clinton and investor Warren Buffet when he needs guidance or advice. 

He added: "That doesn't mean I always do what they say."

You can read the full interview here