Gore joins Apple board

Apple Computer Inc. of Cupertino elected former U.S. Vice President Al Gore to its board of directors March 19.

“Al brings an incredible wealth of knowledge and wisdom to Apple from having helped run the largest organization in the world — the United States government,” Apple CEO Steve Jobs said in a written statement.

Gore is adding to his Silicon Valley business ties. He currently serves as a senior adviser to search engine Google Inc. of Mountain View.

“I have been particularly impressed with the new MAC OS X operating system and the company’s commitment to the open-source movement,” Gore said in a statement.