Al Gore on Tim Cook for TIME’s ‘100 Most Influential’ list

April 18, 2012, 2:20 PM UTC

Apple’s CEO shares the spotlight with Marc Andreessen, Sheryl Sandberg and Anonymous

Luke Wilson for TIME

Al Gore has nothing but kind words for Steve Jobs’ successor. His 200-word write-up begins:

“It is difficult to imagine a harder challenge than following the legendary Steve Jobs as CEO of Apple. Yet Tim Cook, a soft-spoken, genuinely humble and quietly intense son of an Alabama shipyard worker and a homemaker, hasn’t missed a single beat.”

The magazine identifies Gore as a former U.S. Vice President. It doesn’t mention that he sits on Apple’s (AAPL) board.