Apple now worth twelve times Dell’s market value

On October 6, 1997, in response to the question of what he’d do if he was in charge of Apple, Dell founder and CEO Michael Dell stood before a crowd of several thousand IT executives and answered flippantly, “What would I do? I’d shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders.”

A little more than a month later, on November 10, 1997, new Apple Interim CEO (iCEO) Steve Jobs responded, speaking in front of an image of Michael Dell’s bulls-eye covered face, “We’re coming after you, you’re in our sights.”

On January 13, 2006, after a little more than eight years of hard work, Apple Inc. passed Dell, Inc. in market value, $72.13 billion vs. $71.97 billion at market close, respectively.

• 2X: On July 27, 2007, Apple’s value doubled that of Dell’s, $127.81 billion vs. $63.65 billion, respectively.

• 3X: On December 6, 2007, Apple’s market value passed 3 times that of Dell’s, $165.66 billion vs. $54.42 billion, respectively.

• 4X: On May 01, 2008, Apple’s market value quadrupled that of Dell’s, $158.66 billion vs. $38.97 billion, respectively.

• 5X: On February 12, 2009, Apple rose $2.60 to hit a market value of $88.37 billion or 5 times that of Dell’s $17.52 billion.

• 6X: On October 20, 2009, Apple rose $11.21 to $201.07 to hit a market value of $180.12 billion or more than 6 times that of Dell’s $29.97 billion.

• 7X: On January 26, 2010, Apple gained $7.57 to $210.64 to hit a market value of $189.72 billion or more than 7 times that of Dell’s current $27.03 billion.

• 8X: On May 21, 2010, Apple gained $1.95 to $239.74 to hit a market value of $218.12 billion or more than 8 times that of Dell’s current $25.84 billion.

• 9X: On June 1, 2010, Apple gained $6.89 to $263.77 to hit a market value of $240.01 billion or more than 9 times that of Dell’s current $26.29 billion.

• 10X: On September 9, 2010, Apple gained $1.60 to $265.37 to hit a market value of $242.43 billion or more than 10 times that of Dell’s current $24.21 billion.

• 11X: On September 23, 2010, Apple rose $3.79, or 1.32% to $291.54 to hit a market value of $266.34 billion or more than 11 times that of Dell’s current $23.81 billion.

• 12X: Today, Apple rose $0.26, or 0.08% to $344.11 to hit a market value of $317.02 billion or more than 12 times that of Dell’s current $26.02 billion.

Apple is also a debt-free company and currently has significantly more cash and short-term investments on-hand ($57 billion) than Dell Inc. is worth (more than double, in fact).

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36 Comments

  1. As we can see, most of Mikey’s decisions managing Dell have been as spot on as his decision on Apple.

    Unfortunately, where I work, the whole “process” thing is being terribly over-emphasized, just like Dell. We are compelled to get cost out, with little emphasis on how to add value.

    It’s a lot easier to try to get cost out, as it takes a real innovative and passionate and generally deep thinker to truly develop strategies and products that add value.

    Unfortunately our MBA programs are pretty much like Dell focused on cost side.

  2. Apple’s revenue last quarter was greater than Dell’s market cap.

    By the end of September, Apple will most likely have generated more cash in this financial year alone than Dell is currently worth.

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