This ought to piss off Mac haters. And with Gates gone (sort of) from MSFT, the rejection of Vista by corporate America, etc., it’s only a matter of time before there’s a new boss hog.

  • Microsoft (MSFT) – $255,648,204,000
  • IBM (IBM) – $169,964,678,000
  • Apple (AAPL) – $157,012,662,240
  • Google (GOOG) – $156,392,862,560
  • Cisco (CSCO) – $142,125,692,160
  • Intel (INTC) – $135,658,860,000
  • Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) – $111,866,423,760
  • Nokia (NOK) – $97,746,699,520
  • Research In Motion (RIMM) – $71,143,935,000
  • Disney (DIS) – $59,257,501,500
  • Dell (DELL) – $50,483,256,060

I like this quote from MacRumors:

The practical significance of this ranking of market cap is little, but does always revive a famous comment by Michael Dell in 1997 when asked about what he would do to fix the then money-losing Apple:

“What would I do? I’d shut [Apple] down and give the money back to the shareholders,” Michael Dell said before a crowd of several thousand IT executives.”

  1. Mac Guy says:

    Maybe Apple should buy Dell and shut them down.

  2. Mac Guy says:

    Anyone else notice that Gates’ palm looks a little rosy in this picture?

  3. Brian says:

    You apple fan boys do understand there’s still nearly a $100 BILLION gap to overcome, right? To put it in perspective, the gap between MS and apple is the value of Nokia! This is with a year of apple iPhone sales to move that number where it is. You say corporate america has rejected Vista – they sure as hell haven’t embraced apple and it’s overpriced, restrictive hardware.

    As far as overtaking google, give me a break…woohoo you’ve overtaken a company that produces nothing!

    Apple fanboys make me laugh. Actually, they make me pity that people are as dense and oblivious as they are.

  4. pjakobs says:

    it’s simple:
    Apple is in the better business.
    Let’s face it, Google deals with information. Information is only relevant to people who have a minimum of smarts.
    Apple deals with emotion. Emotion appeals to even the dumbest of us and actually the dumber you are, the more likely you’ll fall for your emotional desire to own white earplugs.
    So clearly: Apple’s market is much larger than Google’s, hence the market cap should be larger.


  5. preist says:

    It’s a strange apple, with a black keyboard. I know this is not related to the article.

  6. JimR says:

    #3 Brian, AKA Michael Dell.

  7. Brian says:


    JimR, aka Steve Jobs.

    See how easy (and idiotic) that sounds?

  8. edwinrogers says:

    Total stock value, really, means very little. Unless you want to buy the company.

  9. jbenson2 says:

    Of course, Apple got quite a leap over Google. Apple has been around for over 32 years already.

  10. Brian says:


    Coming from you james that means I win, as everything you say is the opposite of reality.

  11. mautimes says:

    There wouldn’t be a apple fan boy if wasn’t for a hater as Brian to exist. Or maybe Brian is a M$ Lover as well.

    Get over! Steve and Gates drink and laugh about those fan/haters/lovers.

  12. Ah_Yea says:

    Don’t beat up Michael Dell too much.

    First, he said this in 1997 when Apple was in real trouble. 1997 was before the Ipod, Iphone, and even the original Imac (introduced Aug 1998).

    It was the Imac that helped turn around Apples fortunes.

    It’s Apple’s brilliant introductions since 1997 that turned the company around.

    Although I’m not a big fan of Steve, he did do some things very right. Mostly, he let his creative team CREATE! And then he let his marketers MARKET!

    Simple as it sounds, most companies cannot grasp this simple concept.

    If Michael Dell understood this, maybe he would have $156 billion in sales…

  13. Brian says:

    I wonder if the apple fanboys realize that apple is worth what it is not because of their computer hardware, but because of their iPhone/iPod business.

    Their hardware will never be more than a niche market, no market how hard these clowns stomp their feet and cry how relevant they are.

  14. Shubee says:

    The photo is an obvious fake. There is something wrong with that unusual neck that Gates’ face is attached to.

  15. JimR says:

    #14, Brian,… “Their hardware will never be more than a niche market,…”

    By golly, you really are Michael Dell !!!

  16. Special Ed says:

    Oh fuck, Peedro’s not going to like this!

  17. The Ox says:

    Apple’s P/E ratio is at 34. That’s unsustainable by any historic measure. And as we have seen with countless other stocks, high prices can come down. With a P/E of 34, you can bet that the price of this stock, especially as consumers cut back in a tightening economy, will fall. Looks to me like Apple is overvalued by about half.

  18. #17 – SpEd

    Hey! Watch that gratuitous cursing!

  19. gquaglia says:

    #3 you are forgetting the goal of business. To make lots of money. Looks like Apple is doing quite well in that area despite your opinions.

  20. Angel H. Wong says:

    # 20

    Kill Google’s ceo and the company will continue as if nothing has happened. Kill Steve Jobs and everything will go downhill for Apple.

  21. STEVE says:


  22. deowll says:

    With all due respect the poster is living in dreamland if he thinks business is not adopting Vista.

    It is taking its own sweet time doing so just at it took its own sweet time adopting XP.

    Some people still prefer 2000.

    The bottom line with business should be the bottom line: are we going to make more money by doing this? If the answer is “no” they aren’t going to move faster than a garden slug.

    At the moment I can’t think of a pressing need to change to Vista unless you need four or more gig to do your work and then you need Vista 64.

    P.S. The only way we will make 157 million is if inflation makes that the value of a used car or less.

    I believe one African country is now printing notes in that are worth Billions or nothing depending on your point of view.

  23. Angel H. Wong says:


    Amen! Finally someone with common sense.

  24. Brian says:


    Can you please point to any research that shows that Apple has any more than 15% of the PC marketplace?

    You won’t be able to because they don’t.

    So yes, less than 15% = a niche market.

  25. Glenn E. says:

    Trust me, when Apple reaches the top, they’ll redefine what “successful” means. And M$ will still be touted as best. Whatever place it comes in at. I’m sure GM and Ford out sold Rolls Royce for decades. Does anyone believe Rolls suck, compared to these cars? Sales figures are not a reflection of quality. If Microsoft had made a cheaper, nastier clone of the iPhone. It would have out sold Apple’s brand too. The Zune was just a little too late (too little of everything) to knock the iPod out of its lead.

  26. Brian says:

    You’re drunk on apple splooge…wipe Jobs’ excesess off your face and look at what the numbers mean. This is the net worth of the companies: apple <<<<< microsoft, and it’s not even close!


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