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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, whose aerospace company Blue Origins last year announced its ambitions to take customers into space by April 19, also rose alongside Amazon on Wednesday to become the richest person in the world, ahead of Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Bezos holds 78.9 million shares of Amazon stock.
In June, Microsoft took its place in the history books as just the second U.S. public company to reach a $2 trillion market value, buoyed by bets its dominance in cloud computing and enterprise software will expand further in a post-coronavirus world. Its shares have outperformed Apple and Amazon.com this year on expectations of long-term growth for both earnings and revenue, and expansion in areas like machine learning and cloud computing. Microsoft is up more than 49%, while Apple is about 13% higher and Amazon is up more than 3%.
Microsoft Corp. hits a market value of $2.46 trillion after it rose as much as 1.1% overtaking Apple Inc. as the most valuable U.S. company for the first time in nearly 16 months after the smartphone giant reported a rare sales miss in the face of supply constraints.
Apple, also a contender for the most valuable company, went down to 701.99 billion dollars in market value. Its stock price hit 52-week low last week after the company issued lower guidance for the fiscal 2019 first quarter.
It took Microsoft only 23 years to become the world's market leader. Bill Gates and his friend Paul Allen founded Microsoft in 1975. When they took the company public 11 years later, it was valued at $519 million. General Electric, on the other hand, was incorporated in 1892.
The following is a list of publicly traded companies having the greatest market capitalization. In media they are described as being the most valuable companies, a reference to their market value.
Apple is on pace to be the world's largest technology company in terms of sales by the end of the year, and it's among the most profitable companies in the world. In the last three months of 2011, Apple made $13 billion -- second only to ExxonMobil's (XOM) record-setting $14.8 billion quarter from the fall of 2008, when oil prices were at an all-time high.
Apple still has one last hurdle to climb: Microsoft still holds the record for most valuable company on the stock market if inflation is taken into account. In 2012 dollars, Microsoft's all-time-high would have amounted to $851 billion.
Microsoft was founded in 1975 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, by childhood friends and fellow college dropouts William H. Gates (age 19) and Paul Allen (age 22). Microsoft relocated to Bellevue, Washington, in 1979. In 1981, the software company licensed its MS-DOS operating system to IBM for its first personal computer (PC), propelling Microsoft ahead of its competitors by making its software the industry standard in computing platforms. For every PC sold, a royalty was paid to Microsoft. Most manufacturers of PCs licensed MS-DOS as their operating system, generating vast revenues for Microsoft and making MS-DOS the worldwide standard for desktop computing. In November 1985, Microsoft released Windows, a multitasking operating environment with a novel graphical user interface. One year later, the company moved to Redmond, Washington.
The slump in Apple Inc.'s shares on Friday propelled Microsoft Corp. to the position of the world's largest listed company by market capitalization. Apple fell 1.8% after reporting fourth-quarter revenue that came in below the average analyst estimate, which gave the iPhone maker a market value of $2.46 trillion. Microsoft rose 2.2% to hit a market value of $2.49 trillion, blowing past Apple after reporting estimate-topping results for an 11th straight quarter earlier this week.
In June, Microsoft took its place in the history books as just the second U.S. public company to reach a $2 trillion market value, buoyed by bets its dominance in cloud computing and enterprise software will expand further in a post-coronavirus world. Its shares have outperformed Apple and Amazon.com Inc. this year on expectations of long-term growth for both earnings and revenue, and expansion in areas like machine learning and cloud computing. Microsoft is up more than 49%, while Apple is about 13% higher and Amazon is up more than 3%.
Amazon is now the world's most valuable brand, unseating Apple and Google, and ending the 12-year run of technology brands atop BrandZ's list. Amazon was the third most valuable brand in 2018, behind Apple and Google but rose to the top thanks to a 52% year-on-year increase in value.
It's important that we differentiate between most valuable brand and largest company by market cap. Microsoft is currently the biggest company, in terms of its market cap, at around $1,016B, followed by Amazon's $916B, Apple's $751B and Google's Alphabet at $750B.
Back to the world's most valuable brands - 8 out of the 10 are American companies with Visa, Facebook, McDonalds and AT&T filling in the blanks. The other two are Chinese brands Alibaba Group and Tencent.
Since its introduction, Skype for Business Online has been a valuable tool for millions of people around the world. By combining instant messaging, calling, and video into one application, Skype for Business Online established new possibilities for business communications. Microsoft Teams is the next chapter in that vision.
Proving the doubters wrong in the most spectacular possible way, Cook has overseen a decade of unparalleled growth at Apple. For instance, its annual revenue more than tripled between 2011 to 2021, from $108bn to $366bn. The company also became the first to achieve a market cap of $1tn in 2018.
Microsoft is an American multinational computer technology corporation whose history started 4th April 1975. Formed by Harvard College dropout, Bill Gates and his childhood friend Paul Allen, Microsoft has now become the biggest software company. It is also one of the most valuable companies in the world (before you read on you can find out more about our Microsoft Services here).
This is FRESH AIR. I'm Terry Gross. It's difficult to get jazzed about smartphones and social networks when they might be ruining the world. That's what my guest, Farhad Manjoo, writes. And he's been covering tech for 20 years. For the last three, he's written the New York Times column "State Of The Art" in which he explores how the latest tech ideas are shaping the future. Now he's writing a series about the Frightful Five. That's his name for tech giants Apple, Amazon, Google, Facebook and Microsoft, which make up half of the top 10 most valuable companies on the American stock market and which Manjoo says collectively influence just about everything else that happens in tech, as well as the rest of the global economy. He's also writing a book about the five. 2b1af7f3a8