Have coffee with Tim Cook for a mere $175,000 [Update: Over $600k!)

Meeting Apple CEO Tim Cook may soon become a reality for you, that is, if you've got $175,000 (£114,000) lying about. The technology giant's CEO has used charity auction site CharityBuzz to start off bidding on between 30 minutes to an hour of his precious time.

The listing on the site is currently sitting at a staggering $175,000 after 51 bids. And it's still got 19 days left to go. 

The lucky winning bidder will be allowed to take one guest to meet the Apple CEO, and the terms of the auction site state that both individuals must conduct themselves in an orderly manner:

Both people must conduct themselves appropriately when attending an experience won at CharityBuzz. Polite manners and respect for the generous donor and adherence to any rules or parameters are a must.

After first being estimated at a $50,000 value, the bidding has soared above and beyond that. If all of the money raised wasn't going to charity, it would almost be the single most vain event in tech history. But alas, all of the funding will go straight to The RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights.

Kerry Kennedy, president of the RFK Center praised the scheme in a statement:

The RFK Center's annual auctions empower our human rights advocacy around the word, from courtrooms to classrooms, from Cambodia to California.

Kennedy then added:

It's an honor to have so many stars from the worlds of business, media, entertainment, and sports helping us to carrying forward Robert Kennedy's dream of a more just and peaceful world.

Source: CharityBuzzImage via tonymacx86.com

Update #1: The bidding has now risen to above $600,000. Insane. 

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Tha Bloo Monkee said,
lol yeah, donate that money to charity just so they can write it off on their taxes. So generous.

They're still paying money...

I'd rather spit on him and pitty him rather than have a drink with him. $175k is insane. if he gave me that $175k then maybe i would sit for maybe 5 mins.

It would have worked out better had he had a free to enter raffle where he gives the winner a new gadget and he donate 175k.

Sorry, I own a few apple products and still don't find him interesting enough to tolerate having to sit with him for a coffee....unless I got something in return for my time, besides knowing he gave to charity.

he really thinks he's worth that much.... Using others money for a publicity stunt. Anyone who falls for this is just as low as he is.

jesseinsf said,
he really thinks he's worth that much.... Using others money for a publicity stunt. Anyone who falls for this is just as low as he is.

He's worth less than a cup of coffee and he knows it.

Wow this is really sad. Here's this iSheep who probably gave away his life's savings to meet his cult god, while on the other hand is a man who probably makes that much money in a day, as usual ripping off this poor fellow and taking credit of it all without spending a dime off his hoard of billions. Tim Cook takes 175k to spend an hour with you while Bill Gates is giving away billions to spend time with little African kids.

Most of the bidders on the list are CEOs of other big companies like Other World Computing and there was even a Blackberry executive too.

AsherGZ said,
Wow this is really sad. Here's this iSheep who probably gave away his life's savings to meet his cult god, while on the other hand is a man who probably makes that much money in a day, as usual ripping off this poor fellow and taking credit of it all without spending a dime off his hoard of billions. Tim Cook takes 175k to spend an hour with you while Bill Gates is giving away billions to spend time with little African kids.

Cult God? No. Steve Jobs is dead.

AsherGZ said,
Tim Cook takes 175k to spend an hour with you while Bill Gates is giving away billions to spend time with little African kids.

I agree that Tim Cook should probably offer to match the final bidding number and also donate that to charity, but at least the 175k from the other party is going to charity, not in to Tim Cook's wallet. As others have pointed out, given that the majority of bidders are other CEOs, I'm pretty sure they can afford to miss 175k.

AsherGZ said,
Wow this is really sad. Here's this iSheep who probably gave away his life's savings to meet his cult god, while on the other hand is a man who probably makes that much money in a day, as usual ripping off this poor fellow and taking credit of it all without spending a dime off his hoard of billions. Tim Cook takes 175k to spend an hour with you while Bill Gates is giving away billions to spend time with little African kids.
I prefer what Bill Gates does rather than what Tim Fail Cook does. At least he helps and gives a ton away for a good cause.

smooth_criminal1990 said,
Profits from selling iDevices fall, so starts selling himself...wat?

Complete fail at reading. Well done.

Hmm, so with my annual gross wage, I can have coffee with Tim for 12 minutes...
But then again, if all I'm going to say to the guy is "I don't like Apple", which takes approximately 3 seconds (spoken REALLY slowly), plus another 10 seconds to savor his reaction, I guess I just might be able to fork out the $1263.88

Cyborg_X said,
Is it just me of does Cook give off an ultra creepy vibe.

He is evil. He cares about money the same as Steve Fail Jobs did. money should not be the #1 thing on his/everyone's mind/goal

Phouchg said,
Depends. South Korean press has lambasted Gates for greeting their president (a woman, too) with a casual handshake while keeping his other hand in the pocket when he greets someone.
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2...04/24/bill_gates_handshake/

And if you read more, Gates had done this to the previous President as well and has always had his hand in his left pocket.


The South Korean President herself appears to have forgiven Gates. Her office released a statement which said:

“Bill Gates took a similar pose for a picture when he met former President Lee Myung-bak five years ago. Just think of it as an American style of greeting.” ®

Minor "issue" compared to all of what Gates has done.

Needed not to question if I read more nor quote. I was the one who pasted the link, I did. A minor issue, at least on that we can agree.

Maybe the South Korean press and the President need to suck it up.
Obviously he didn't do it to intentionally be rude. In my country, doing that would be perfectly acceptable.


Different countries has different etiquette. Take a course in international relations perhaps?

Media assumes that a person of his stature takes special care of various customs and silly greeting traditions. Instead, he comes up as a person who 1) actually is superior (money-wise and otherwise) 2) won't show it - which is the best part of it all.

laserfloyd said,
Sad that you gotta pull a publicity stunt to raise money for charity. Whether you love or hate Bill Gates, that's how it's done.

He already has tons of money. This stunt only proves what a fail he is.

I think the question on everyone's lips is.... Who pays for the coffee?

I'd be interested (you know...If I was rich enough that £114k was small change). I'd love to meet Jonathan Ive more though (no offense intended to Tim).

I actually agree with you there, I'd love to sit down with Jonathan Ive myself as opposed to Tim Cook.

Though, it's not like I have anywhere near that sum of money so I guess the idea's moot anyway.

Speaking of him, Fox Business and CNBC keep running teasers saying "will he be CEO for long?" and "Cook on his way out at Apple"... what's going on down there?

Yea, NTY. Tim Cook really has not done much and they only reason anyone knows his name is because he is CEO of Apple. I'd pay 175k not to have coffee with him.

And great charity work...../s

Why not have a coffee with Steve instead? It would be way cheaper, I figure. Only he's not the talkative type since the all too unfortunate accident.

Phouchg said,
Why not have a coffee with Steve instead? It would be way cheaper, I figure. Only he's not the talkative type since the all too unfortunate accident.

lol. funny

Master of Earth said,
OMG! Tim Cook need to be stop. This move is likely a slap in face of many people who care about Apple.

...and why is that? It's just a charity fundraiser, basically.

I knew exactly it's for charity. But the worst way of doing it and look unprofessional. If that guy truly want to donate his money then just give it to the people who responsible for the charity. Why Apple need to use a CEO for god's sake to attract people do donate the MONEY just because he is CEO. Don't you think is redundant? His job is to carry Apple into the next decade and probably more and now he is gradually becoming a philanthropy just like bill gates.

Master of Earth said,
OMG! Tim Cook need to be stop. This move is likely a slap in face of many people who care about Apple.

i care -1 for apple and even less for him. I would care about him/Apple if he/they would not be obsessed with wealth but share it so everyone is better off.

I am sure he does give tons to charity. don't you? its a tax write off. wealthy do. This way he can give something to someone else for charity. Both can write it off on taxes.

stop it? no. more people should do this.

Master of Earth said,
I knew exactly it's for charity. But the worst way of doing it and look unprofessional. If that guy truly want to donate his money then just give it to the people who responsible for the charity. Why Apple need to use a CEO for god's sake to attract people do donate the MONEY just because he is CEO. Don't you think is redundant? His job is to carry Apple into the next decade and probably more and now he is gradually becoming a philanthropy just like bill gates.

What's wrong with a LITTLE BIT of philanthropy? Many CEOs do it - it helps with brand image as well. It actually helps Apple by making them look charitable.

JamesWeb said,
So... Tim has to be polite and respect the winner?

The donor is Tim. Tim is selling his time, and then donating the money.

mikeyx12 said,

The donor is Tim. Tim is selling his time, and then donating the money.

He should give his time and that money for free. He has tons floating around.

Like many wealthy people, he likely already donates to charities of sorts. This is to get some other wealthy individual something for their money, in effort to raise funds for charity.

Turns out the winner is Samsung's CEO trying to find out all he can about the new iPhone/Pad. He is going to turn up with a moustache as a disguise.

Wonder if any of the bidders are on there because they hope to glean inside information about Apple and its products? Because you can bet they will be disappointed, even if they win.

virtorio said,
He can teach you everything he knows about how to be an incredibly mediocre CEO.
And what to do in the following 59 minutes?

So he can teach you to make millions even being mediocre? still a deal to me. Even BAD CEOS make a killing. What is your point?

virtorio said,
He can teach you everything he knows about how to be an incredibly mediocre CEO.

Doncha mean " an incredibly lousy CEO"?