LGBTQ+ Founders and CEOs taking the Tech Industry by storm
Many business owners and entrepreneurs who’ve gained success within the technological industry are a part of the LGBTQ+ community. Some of these business owners own some of the largest cooperations in the world and continue to hold their success. This blog will outline some of the largest companies within the tech industry who’re owned by LGBTQ+ people.
Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook
Over the past few decades’ technology, the internet and digital companies have grown drastically. One of these companies that began early on is Apple. Founded by Steve Jobs in 1976 Apple became one of the largest technology companies in the world. Tim Cook has been the chief executive officer for Apple since 2011 and has helped changed the way technology works and the way we use it. With a net worth of $1.3 Billion, he is one of the highest net worth LGBTQ+ individuals in the industry.
Leanne Pittsford, Founder & CEO of Lesbians Who Tech
Leanne Pittsford founded Lesbians Who Tech in 2012 and has since become the woman with the highest net worth in the LGBTQ+ community. Lesbians Who Tech is a company that gives women and non-binary individuals resources and opportunities within the digital industry. Their hard work over the past 9 years has allowed their company to become the largest LGBTQ+ technology company in the world.
Tim Gill, Founder of Quark Inc.
The founder of Quark Inc., Tim Gill, has changed the world of graphics development and design with his creation of important early graphics software. Now Quark has expanded to offer their own creative software and lessons on essential digital needs, from digital marketing lessons and sales to marketing enablement. Tim sold his shares in the company in 1999 so he could focus on LGBTQ+ activism.
Angelica Ross, Founder and CEO of TransTech Social Enterprises
Ross, a self-taught coder, is the founder of TransTech Social Enterprises. She founded TransTech to help young transgender people find jobs in the technology industry. Being a part of the transgender community herself, she had a passion to help those who may be struggling through their transition. She also founded TransTech Summit, which helps people enhance and utilise their coding skills.
These are only some of the people in the LGBTQ+ who have achieved fantastic success and have changed the world of technology for us all.