Beyond Apple, The 9 Most Valuable Companies In History
#8 Apple in August 2012
Value then: $661.6 billion
Adjusted to 2012: $661.6 billion
The anticipated launch of a new iPhone, coupled with rumors of a smaller iPad and a feature-rich Apple TV had lifted Cupertino tech giant’s stocks and the valuation to $661.6 billion in August this year. The company which was valued at less than $10 billion as in 2004 and at $100 billion just three years ago grew unstoppable with its iPhone business.
The company presently has the highest market capitalization in the world. However, its stock has sunk 15 percent since September and is now valuated at $554 billion.
#7 Microsoft in 1999
Value then: $620.6 billion
Adjusted to 2012: $851 billion
Microsoft might be the one existing tech company which fell from glory to gloom in a matter of 10 years. Microsoft reigned the market from licensing deals with the computing giants especially IBM, where the company earned money for every machine they sold.
But the failure to adapt quickly into a mobile and Smartphone centric world had hurt the software giant and is now hoping for a bright future with its latest OS and debut in hardware.
The company is currently valued at $226.82 Billion.
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