“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 Cupertino firm seem larger than life,” Lulu Chang reports for Digital Trends.

“Its partially eaten apple logo is among the most recognizable in the world,” Chang reports. “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.”

“Apple’s iPhone business single-handedly brought in $154 billion in 2014, enough to make it the 56th wealthiest country,” Chang reports. “When taken as a whole, Apple’s $231 billion of revenues places it directly next to Finland, whose 2015 GDP was also $231 billion… Amazon and Microsoft both brought in $93 billion last year, whereas Google boasted $66 billion and Facebook reported $12.5 billion.”

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