Tim Cook Offered Dying Steve Jobs His Own Liver According To New Biography

Cook_jobsIn the last days of his life while struggling with an aggressive form of pancreatic cancer, Steve Jobs learned that Tim Cook, who would eventually become Apple’s next CEO, was a potential blood match. That match meant that in theory Cook could have donated part of his liver to Jobs, which might have prolonged his life.

This new information is detailed in Becoming Steve Jobs, Rick Tetzeli and Brent Schlender’s new book about Jobs as he planned to hand over control of his multi-billion dollar company to Cook. Though Jobs would eventually accept another liver transplant two years later, he initially turned Cook down, resolute in his decision to ride the disease out:

“Somebody that’s selfish," Cook continues, "doesn’t reply like that. I mean, here’s a guy, he’s dying, he’s very close to death because of his liver issue, and here’s someone healthy offering a way out. I said, ‘Steve, I’m perfectly healthy, I’ve been checked out. Here’s the medical report. I can do this and I’m not putting myself at risk, I’ll be fine.’

And he doesn’t think about it. It was not, ‘Are you sure you want to do this?’ It was not, ‘I’ll think about it.’ It was not, ‘Oh, the condition I’m in . . .’ It was, ‘No, I’m not doing that!’ He kind of popped up in bed and said that. And this was during a time when things were just terrible. Steve only yelled at me four or five times during the 13 years I knew him, and this was one of them."


  1. Paul R says

    It wasn’t “in the last days of his life,” given that he eventually got a liver transplant two years later. And Jobs didn’t “initially turn Cook down,” he resolutely turned him down and didn’t relent.

  2. iban4yesu says

    so what’s the point? a cult follower willing to do anything for the one wno started that “drive workers to deaths” ruthlessnes?

  3. woody says

    i offered a fellow student in my dorm a kidney and got a very different reaction. wow, he was so sick.

  4. Gay Guy says

    Funny that he was a “rare” match. Perhaps that sheds some light on his choice of Cook to succeed him.

  5. Paul R says

    @Gay guy: yeah, that makes a ton of sense. Jobs went out of his way to mold his successor based on his blood type, only to reject Cook’s offer when Jobs needed a match.

    Conspiracy theorize much? I’m fairly certain that Jobs could have found a match somewhere else, and likely rejected Cook’s offer because he didn’t want to risk something happening to Cook had the procedure occurred.

  6. Shlomo says

    To “Paul R.,”

    No, I didn’t mean a conscious choice. I meant he saw someone who was in some way like himself and felt he would be best suited for the job. I did not mean to imply that he made a conscious choice (certainly not conscious on the organic level).

  7. MaryM says

    Jobs and Cook are scum.

    Apple engages routinely in human rights abuses in the manner in which they have their crappy products manufactured im Asian sweatshops.

    Jobs was a human rights abuser.

    Tim Cook is a human rights abuser.