Apple 2.0

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Apple > Dell + HP

July 29, 2009: 7:33 AM ET

It's been nearly 12 years since Michael Dell told an audience of technology executives -- in a remark some of us never tire of repeating -- that if he were in charge of Apple (AAPL) he would "shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders." (link).

Not only is Apple's market capitalization ($143.3 billion) more than five times Dell's ($27.3 billion), but as Roughly Drafted's Daniel Eran Dilger points out, it is now bigger than Dell's (DELL) and Hewlett-Packard's (HPQ) combined.

(Market cap is a measure of a corporation's size and is determined by multiplying share price times the number of shares outstanding.)

This is one of those factoids made to order for WolframAlpha.

Just go to wolframalpha.com, enter "market cap of hewlett-packard, dell, apple" and voila!

WolframAlpha p. 1

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Philip Elmer-Dewitt
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt has been following Apple since 1982, first for Time Magazine, and now on the Web for Fortune.com.

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