When shares of Apple touched a record high at the beginning of the month it marked a very special milestone, Apple became the first company in the world to have a $1 trillion USD market capitalization. Stock prices rise and fall and corporate fortunes can change as quickly as the seasons, but Apple reaching a valuation of $1 trillion is a remarkable achievement.
To put this into perspective we have a few Infographics on what a trillion dollars actually means. For instance that’s larger than the GDP of any country in ASEAN except Indonesia which it is roughly equivalent to. Yes comparing the market valuation for a company and an annual accounting of a country’s economic output is (pardon the pun) apples and oranges, but it’s a useful point of reference.
Put another way, $1 trillion is equal to around $142 for every man, woman and child on planet earth. That’s a lot of money.