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How much would you pay to have lunch with Tim Cook?

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How much would you pay to have lunch with Tim Cook?
Last year, a charity auction collected a cool $600,000 for the privilege of having a cup of coffee with Apple CEO Tim Cook.  This year, Mr. Cook has cleared his calendar again, and now it is for lunch at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California.

The “estimated” value is listed as $100,000. With 19 days of time left to bid, as of this writing, the latest offer is $62,500.  We suspect the auction will close at a substantially higher number than the listed value.

If a cup of coffee went for 600-grand, what might full lunch be worth? The auction is raising money on behalf of the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights. The Center holds annual auctions through Charitybuzz and brings all sorts of headliners to the fold.

If time with Tim Cook is too rich for your taste, you could go for lunch with former Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, or meet Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. Anderson Cooper, Arianna Huffington, Vanessa Williams, and Richard Saul Wurman, creator and chairman of the TED Conference are part of the line-up.

Bidding is verified through credit cards, even if you plan to pay through other means, so make sure your balance is squared away.  Tell us what you plan to have for lunch, and what you plan to discuss with Mr. Cook.

sources: Charitybuzz via re/code

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posted on 24 Apr 2014, 19:38 31

1. Sesameopen (Posts: 105; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)


how about none

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 20:14 4

11. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5458; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"If time with Tim Cook is too rich for your taste, you could go for lunch with former Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, or meet Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. Anderson Cooper, Arianna Huffington, Vanessa Williams, and Richard Saul Wurman, creator and chairman of the TED Conference are part of the line-up."

One company in Germany has nice app to ease selection. Users of the app can pick a "pro" by selecting from pictures. They can also pick by gender, price, sex, age, physical characteristics and some other extras.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 20:55 2

23. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5458; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"How much would you pay to have lunch with Tim Cook?"

My answer is nothing!

If I will feel that I want to contribute to charity I will do that without all this "show off" thing. Because at the moment in my opinion the main point of all this is just to show off and charity is just a side effect here. Basicaly you are making free advertisement for Tim Cook.

How much money Tim Cook will contribute for this charity or he will just gain free advertisement !?

In my opinion on one hand it is still a good thing while money goes for charity but on another hand it is a bit pathetic.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 20:59 8

24. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5458; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


In my opinion CHARITY is when you are doing something for FREE not for self advertising or "show off" thing.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 20:27 8

15. Doakie (Posts: 1100; Member since: 06 May 2009)


He'd have to buy me lunch for me to go. I don't idolize this guy in any way. He didn't even create Apple. He got the CFO job then took over as CEO because the gifted guy who built the company died. Big woop!

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 08:07 1

62. akki20892 (Posts: 3248; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


I would pay 10$.............................for tip.

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 10:24 2

70. Ashoaib (Posts: 1213; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


I will pay nothing, instead I will let him pay all the bill

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 10:32

71. Ninetysix (Posts: 1360; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Why would a high profile person waste his time on a peasant like you?

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 12:52 2

73. Ashoaib (Posts: 1213; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


ask this question from him instead of wasting your time on me

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 04:41

88. RuiBacelar (Posts: 105; Member since: 25 Feb 2014)


iDiots

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 19:39 15

2. sriuslywtf (Posts: 175; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


Soo..

Apple is now on dating business huh?

Good job apple..

Whos next? Dating with BB CEO John Chen?

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 22:02 4

39. kryme (Posts: 132; Member since: 24 Oct 2013)


oh lord they gonna sue the sh*t out of eharmony and match...

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 19:40 1

3. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1107; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


Is this a trick question?

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 19:46 4

4. 0xFFFF (Posts: 2018; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


This is the real Apple. And it is repugnant. The super rich can pay big dollars -- $600K is more than the average American makes in his/her lifetime -- to lunch with Tim Cook. As if we needed more proof that America is an oligarchy.

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 00:00

50. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 815; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


It's to benefit a charity. This isn't unusual at all. People with money pay big money to do these things and everybody wins because of it.

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 10:05

66. zunaidahmed (Posts: 41; Member since: 24 Dec 2011)


Yeah, but the average income of iuser is way higher, i mean average......

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 19:49 5

5. PBXtech (Posts: 966; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


It is for charity.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 20:30 4

16. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5458; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


The main point of this is just to show off and charity is just a side effect here.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 20:47 4

21. PBXtech (Posts: 966; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


I don't think that, he could have turned down the opportunity easily, and justified it with a thousand different reasons that are real.

Apple's court antics disgust me, their pricing is ridiculous, but if someone wants to enter a contest where the money goes to charity, so what. I don't throw out the baby with the bath water, this has nothing to do with any negative things Apple might be doing.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 21:02

26. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5458; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


More details about my opinion is in my comments #23 and #24. :)

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 21:12 1

28. PBXtech (Posts: 966; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


Charity is more than just what you define it as.

Tim Cook is big into charity contributions. When Apple was struggling, Jobs cut all charity matching. He also refused to bring it back when they started making millions of dollars profit. When Tim took over, he brought it back. I don't have a problem with him helping charity causes and if anyone does, they need to step back and do a self analysis. It's okay to hate Apple but if you have a problem with Tim Cook helping charity, you have some issues that need worked out.

Cook is the CEO for one of the biggest companies on the planet, he doesn't need this as an opportunity for attention, he already has it.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 21:34 1

32. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5458; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"When Tim took over, he brought it back."

He did that as a person or as a company CEO because it is two different things?

"It's okay to hate Apple but if you have a problem with Tim Cook helping charity, you have some issues that need worked out."

In my comments I didn't mentioned Apple at all. Also I don't have any problems if someone contributes for charity. I was just talking about the way how it is done.

"Cook is the CEO for one of the biggest companies on the planet, he doesn't need this as an opportunity for attention, he already has it."

With same success we can say that Apple, Samsung, Google or let's say Lady Gaga or Justin Timberlake already very well known so all they are not in need for advertisement! But it is not true! We all know how har they are working to gain more attention.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 21:39

34. PBXtech (Posts: 966; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


Or hey, maybe, just maybe, they are asking people of high profile because it brings in more donations. No, couldn't possibly be the reason.

You have a problem with Tim Cook. Get over it.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 21:47

37. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5458; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"Or hey, maybe, just maybe, they are asking people of high profile because it brings in more donations"

I won't deny that there is also part of truth in that.

"You have a problem with Tim Cook."

No I don't! I just see two sides of this campaign and that's it. So get over it. ;)

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 21:30 1

30. superfans (Posts: 121; Member since: 30 Jul 2012)


Everything apple did are a greedy behaviour to them , when apple does charity its show off and when apple doesn't its greedy .

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 21:43

35. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5458; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Did I mentioned Apple? Nope!

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 21:44 2

36. NinjaBanana (Posts: 24; Member since: 20 Apr 2014)


Well you're a penis.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 22:03

40. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5458; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Please say what wrong I have said about charity as it self? Nothing!

I just said that I see two sides of it and explained it.

If it is not "show off" thing then why not just directly contribute money for charity instead of buying lunch with Tim Cook?

Also it is good advertisement for Tim Cook even if he doesn't want it. FACT!

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 22:08 2

41. Ninetysix (Posts: 1360; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m8gdfu7hVM1qzzx9e.jpg

Although I think it's already too late. LOL..you've already showed too much ignorance.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 22:19

43. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5458; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Ignorance, for what?

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 00:35 2

52. 0xFFFF (Posts: 2018; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


This is exacty it. Basically Apple is putting on a show and the charity is some fake thing that just gives the money back to the wealthy.

Apple uses marketing to make themselves look good. This is how Apple works.

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 05:23 3

59. ErenJaeger (Posts: 114; Member since: 22 Apr 2014)


Wow. You guys are letting your blind hatred for apple to criticize instead of seeing the true purpose which is charity. Most people will never pay a penny to charity and you're bashing on this article. Who cares about this method. It's NONPROFIT. I don't even like apple but I'm not retarded or biased as a fangirl.

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 10:11 1

67. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5458; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"It's NONPROFIT."

You like it or not but here is my subjective opinion:
It is nonprofit only in first stage, but as I already have explained that it will generate big advertisement for Tim Cook as Apple CEO. And that's mean this advertisement will improve company's image. And better company's image = biger profit. And the best part of all this that company don't have to pay for this advertisement it is free.

And as I have said before: I DON'T HAVE ANYTHING AGAINST CHARITY!

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 15:28 1

81. ErenJaeger (Posts: 114; Member since: 22 Apr 2014)


The reason why this charity method will improve apple's image is because of news sites like this, not because of him. Apple didnt even intend the everyone to know about this.If they did, they wouldve made commercials. I actually prefer a world where companies use charity to improve image instead of spending millions on advertising teams.

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 19:43

87. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5458; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"The reason why this charity method will improve apple's image is because of news sites like this..."

True! Remember that Apple marketing team is not stupid and also know that.

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 10:17

68. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5458; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"I don't even like apple but I'm not retarded or biased as a fangirl."

Everything I have said, I don't see how it makes me a fan of something?!

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 13:09 3

74. Ashoaib (Posts: 1213; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Hey! apple is filthy rich, they can just give huge donation without hilighting or any marketing stunt of a meal with Cook... well, may be he is a part time cook in a restaurant, who knows?

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 14:27 2

78. flamencoguy (Posts: 85; Member since: 04 Aug 2012)


Tim Cook makes enough money. He should just donate some of his cash

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 15:42 2

84. ErenJaeger (Posts: 114; Member since: 22 Apr 2014)


Donating is hard for humans no matter how much you make. Millionaires might view themselves as not filthy rich and desire for more money to become the richest in the world. They might not even spend a second with regular people because each second of their time can potentially be thousands of dollars that could've been earned. So we can't wait point fingures at people for not giving charity when most of us haven't either and we make money. We all have the same greed.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 19:57 6

6. DaftPunk (Posts: 7; Member since: 24 Apr 2014)


Nothing, coz he will cook for me...

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 20:02 2

7. DaftPunk (Posts: 7; Member since: 24 Apr 2014)


also, just registered for this joke.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 20:03 5

8. azalucel (Posts: 64; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


seriously why would someone be that retarded and why for such a worthless company like apple, tim cook is a no body hell look what happened to apple when they fired steve jobs i honestly dont see the "new" apple lasting more then 5 years (were all people we all live and die there fore if some one is stupid enough to pay 600k for starbucks with tim cook then why not pay your neighbor 300k just to see them every morning its f**king sad how retarded americans are, and as for the charity bs you should honestly know better)

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 20:25 6

14. Planterz (Posts: 553; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


I hate Apple as much as the next guy, but calling them "worthless" is absurd. And predicting they'll be gone in 5 years is silly.

I just want them to stop overcharging their customers.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 20:37 1

18. Doakie (Posts: 1100; Member since: 06 May 2009)


I'm not going to go as far as saying they're worthless. But if you look at their actions since Jobs passed you definitely see that they've gone from being a revolutionary company to being a reactionary company who's only real bonus is great build quality. Jobs was a visionary genius and they've lost their genius mentor. Now the rumors say they're planning on increasing screen size to 4.7" and 5.5" on the iPhone? Those were Samsungs 2012 screen sizes for the GS3 and Note 2. They've become reactive instead of being a trail blazer. So I can see what people are saying about them becoming very stagnant just like the days when Jobs left last time. It will take them a very long time to free fall into the pits if that ever happens. I highly doubt their stock will ever drop below $100 again.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 21:00 1

25. Planterz (Posts: 553; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Frankly, I see the larger iPhone screen sizes as inevitable, yet baffling. Obviously they see the trend with Android phones in having bigger and bigger screens, and want to cash in. Yet so many iPhone owners have stuck with the iPhone because they AREN'T so freaking huge.

Conversely, it baffles me that there aren't more powerful, yet small, Android phones to compete with the iPhones' size. The Sony Z1 Compact is the only one that matches its big brother's specs. And it's not even (officially) available in the US. There are a couple "minis" that aren't horrible, but even the better of those are still neutered versions of their big brothers'.

If Apple is stupid and abandons the smaller phones, it'll only be a matter of time before Android manufacturers clue in and fill in the niche that Apple left behind. But Apple will probably keep a smaller alternative - at least they should.

It's ironic that the iPhone 5 is considered "small" now, wheras when the original iPhone came out, people (myself included) balked at how big the phone was.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 20:04 5

9. TheNeighbor (Posts: 86; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


What a joke.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 20:07 2

10. Planterz (Posts: 553; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


How much you gonna pay me?

Or, maybe I'll take up a donation collection, with the promise that I'll drop trou and defecate on his entre. Because Apple has been crapping on their customers for years with their price-gouging.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 20:23 3

12. networkdood (Posts: 6247; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Can I bring my sniper rifle?

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 20:25 2

13. ithehappy (Posts: 6; Member since: 24 Apr 2014)


That mothersucker will pay me and I will not even put the food in my mouth, but he will have to pay me for wasting my time.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 20:30 3

17. SPASE (Posts: 75; Member since: 03 May 2013)


So,,, Tim is pimping himself out, eh
JK :)

On a serious note, the amount of money apple has, you would think 100,000 would be a drop in the ocean

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 20:40 2

19. tkvdog (Posts: 46; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)


Zip Nada Nothing.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 20:43 3

20. jb4674 (Posts: 139; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Pay him for what?

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 20:55 1

22. nctx77 (Posts: 441; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


Sammy just bought all the slots. Tickets sold out!

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 21:07 3

27. dontneedtoknow (Posts: 137; Member since: 17 Feb 2014)


People read Apple or Tim cook and comment this and that but don't realize this is for a good cause!

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 15:26

79. Ashoaib (Posts: 1213; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Good cause is this that apple should just donate some amount quietly

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 21:20 3

29. Ninetysix (Posts: 1360; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


It's for Charity...LOL @ all the haters.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 21:32 1

31. superfans (Posts: 121; Member since: 30 Jul 2012)


Everything apple did are a greedy behaviour to them , when apple does charity its show off and when apple doesn't its greedy .

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 21:37 2

33. shuaibhere (Posts: 1297; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


I'm not hating but still this nothing but showing off..
1.this not given rather it is by the person who wants to meet tim cook...
2.$100 k is nothing for apple..but still they're marketing with use if this...

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 21:57 1

38. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5458; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


First of all I didn't mentioned Apple!

Also if it is not "show off" thing then why not JUST contribute money for charity instead of buying lunch with Tim Cook?

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 13:10

75. rantao333 (Posts: 192; Member since: 21 May 2013)


too much ignorance, it made me cancer

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