Quick Note: "Most Valuable in History" Distinction for Apple? Not Yet
August 21, 2012 11:31 AM
comment(s) - last by
Apple's market cap surpasses Microsoft in its 1990s hey-day
an interesting story on Monday entitled "Apple is now the most valuable company of all time". Similar headlines soon abounded.
Indeed Apple, Inc. (
), despite a
which would be cause for celebration for just about anyone else, has soared in value over the last decade with the success of the iPod, then the iPhone, and most recently the iPad. From 2000 to present, shares increased from a market cap of $8B USD to $623B USD. For comparison's sake gold -- typically consider a massive commodities success story -- has only ballooned from $238 USD per oz. to $1640 USD per oz. at last count.
So when Apple's
market capitalization record
of $623B USD (at $665.15 USD/share) -- more than the $618.9B USD Microsoft was worth (according to investors) in Dec. 30 at the height of so-called "dot com bubble".
But for all the streamers and confetti, the claim that Apple is the "most valuable of all time/in all of history" isn’t accurate. Value is based on the worth of the currency at the time.
"Siri, who is the most valuable company in all of history?" Ding ding.. "In today's dollars Microsoft in 1999 would be." [Image Source: AP Photo]
In 2010 dollars, Microsoft's $618B USD valuation would be over $820B USD. While inflation data is still being finalized for last year, it would likely be somewhere in the ballpark of $850B USD in today's money (
The Columbia Journalism Review
$856B USD in today's money, although it admits to goofing by saying that International Business Machines, Inc. (
) in 1967 was the most valuable, failing to realize that the data it was working off of was already adjusted).
The headlines are particularly troubling, given that even a simple
would have revealed the truth (
pegs Microsoft's peak value at $846B USD in today's money).
In other words, Apple still has to grow by another third in order to truly become the most valuable of all time.
Still, it is fair to lavish Apple with some praise. The company was most profitable tech firm for 2011 and third in total profits. For 2012 Apple is expected to be the most profitable American firm.
Those profits could soar even higher if Apple succeeds in its court
bid to ban rival Samsung
Electronics Comp., Ltd.'s (
) devices from the American market -- the world's most lucrative and second largest smartphone market.
But Apple has a long hard road ahead to become truly the biggest company in history. For now, it is merely in a small crowd of historic elites.
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
RE: Confusion about size of companies
8/21/2012 2:36:55 PM
You can't measure a country's economy like you can a company...
We measure country economic size by how much it produces in one year. by analogy for companies that would be its "profit", there are many ways to define and account for profit... but by that measure exxon is the biggest every single motherf****** year.
the reason apple's equity is worth more be because people expect apple to grow more than exxon in the future, and also because exxon has far more debt ,,
again, debt is only negative value for the EQUITY holder, debt itself is very valuable of course, wouldn't you like to own all the debt a company has outstanding ? that's a lot of money.
so for the us economy, the lenders and equity owners of all the companies in the economy together hold the value of the economy, which is indeed the largest,
"People Don't Respect Confidentiality in This Industry" -- Sony Computer Entertainment of America President and CEO Jack Tretton
Samsung CEO to Call Apple's Cook for One Last Settlement Chance
August 20, 2012, 4:11 PM
Apple iPhones Outsold by Samsung 2-to-1 in Q2, Profit Suffers
July 24, 2012, 5:30 PM
Quick Note: Apple Stock Price Hits All-Time High
September 19, 2011, 3:11 PM
Apple Briefly Surpasses Exxon As Most Valuable Company in the U.S.
August 9, 2011, 4:43 PM
Retiree Sues Apple For $7,500 for Wiping Honeymoon Photos From His iPhone
November 30, 2015, 10:23 AM
iPhone 7 May Pack 3-4 GB Memory, More Storage; 4-Inch Comeback is Rumored
November 20, 2015, 10:12 PM
OnePlus One, OnePlus 2 Will Receive Android Marshmallow in Q1 2016
November 16, 2015, 9:58 AM
Lenovo Whoa: Motorola Droid MAXX 2 and Turbo 2 Break Cover in Leaks
October 26, 2015, 3:12 PM
Leak: Apple Preps for First Real Android App Foray With New Apple Music App
October 24, 2015, 1:59 PM
Pepsi Smartphone? Empty Calories Coming Soon to the Midrange
October 12, 2015, 11:41 PM
Latest Blog Posts
Sceptre Airs 27", 120 Hz. 1080p Monitor/HDTV w/ 5 ms Response Time for $220
Dec 3, 2014, 10:32 PM
Costco Gives Employees Thanksgiving Off; Wal-Mart Leads "Black Thursday" Charge
Oct 29, 2014, 9:57 PM
"Bear Selfies" Fad Could Turn Deadly, Warn Nevada Wildlife Officials
Oct 28, 2014, 12:00 PM
The Surface Mini That Was Never Released Gets "Hands On" Treatment
Sep 26, 2014, 8:22 AM
ISIS Imposes Ban on Teaching Evolution in Iraq
Sep 17, 2014, 5:22 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2016 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information