8 astonishing facts about Apple, the Largest Company in the World

(Click here for more from 702/CapeTalk presenter Bruce Whitfield's "The Money Show")

1. Apple's market value (R5-trillion) is equal to the combined value of the 20 biggest companies on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) or 1.8 times the GDP of South Africa. The market value of the entire JSE is about R8.5-trillion.

2. Apple is 1.78 times the size of Microsoft.

3. Apple is the 5th most profitable company in the world. It made a net profit of almost R500-billion in the quarter ended on 27 September 2014.

4. Apple became a publicly traded company in December 1980. Since then its market value has grown by more than 50 000 percent.

5. Apple surpassed oil firm Exxon Mobil as the world’s largest company on 10 August 2011. It has held its number one position since 1 August 2013.

6. Apple is larger than Google, Samsung, HTC, BlackBerry, Lenovo, Hewlett-Packard, Cirrus Logic, SanDisk, Sony, Broadcom and Pandora Media put together.

7. The value of Apple shares grew by about 32 percent, on average, over the past five years.

8. Since Tim Cook took over from Steve Jobs, Apple's market value has grown by 100 percent while its share price rose by 122 percent.

(Click here for more from 702/CapeTalk presenter Bruce Whitfield's "The Money Show")

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