Few companies have attained “empire” status in the same way that Apple has — indeed, the reverence with which we often refer to the legacy of Steve Jobs makes the Silicon Valley firm seem larger than life. Its partially eaten apple logo is among the most recognizable in the world. Apple has revolutionized the personal computer, the mobile phone, and even tablets. And with all its innovation, it’s racked up a fair chunk of change — to the tune of $231 billion in 2015 alone. When compared to the worldwide GDP figures of last year, that would make Apple the equivalent of the 42nd richest country on the planet.
Last year, Apple’s iPhone business single-handedly brought in $154 billion, enough to make it the 56th wealthiest country just behind Iraq, which brought in $165 billion in 2015. So even if iPhone sales aren’t skyrocketing at their historical breakneck pace, it’s safe to say that Apple is doing alright for itself…. see more