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Al Gore’s Personal Connections to Apple and Google Bring Personal Rewards

 March 10, 2008 01:09 PM

Although former Vice President Al Gore lost out on his bid for the White House, his personal connections to the corporate kingdoms of Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL) and Google Inc (NASDAQ: GOOG) have made him a real winner in terms of his personal wealth.

Bloomberg News reported on Monday that Gore's personal fortune could exceed $100 million and that a significant portion of that sum was most probably harvested from stock options that Apple and Google awarded him for his services, the article suggests.

NewsVisual created an IntellectSpace Knowledge Map in order to examine the personal connections among the members of Apple's Board of Directors to those of Google.

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The Knowledge Map illustrates that Mr Gore is a Director for Apple, and that he is directly tied to Google as a Senior Advisor.

The Map also shows, however, that Mr Gore is not the only one with direct tie-ins to the two companies.

Indeed, Google CEO/Chairman Eric Schmidt also serves as a member of Apple's Board of Directors, and, likewise, Google Director Arthur D Levinson, the CEO/Chairman of Genentech, also serves as a Director for Apple.

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In addition, the Map displays the following two sets of one-removed connections between the companies:

Apple Director Andrea Jung is connected to Google Director Shirley M Tilghman through Princeton University, where Ms Tilgham is President and Ms. Jung is an alumnus; and similarly, Apple Director William V Campbell is tied to Google Director L John Doerr via the board room of Good Technology Inc before it was acquired by Motorola Inc.

Click here for an interactive and fuller version of this IntellectSpace Knowledge Map.

(Note: the information contained and presented in Knowledge Maps is public information from the Securities and Exchange Commission of the United States of America).

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