Lo and behold, Apple market cap has inched much closer to that of Microsoft.

Apple = US$ 214 billion

Microsoft = US$ 255.7 billion.

Not convinced?

Look at the comparison between AAPL (Apple stock) and MSFT (Microsoft) in the last 10 years:

Apple has recently surpassed Walmart in market value, credit to the iPad launch frenzy. Steve Jobs is now the third in the US behind Steve Ballmer (Microsoft) and Rex Tillerson (Exxon Mobil):

1. Exxon Mobil = US$ 319.2 billion

2. Microsoft = US$ 255.7 billion.

3. Apple = US$ 214.0 billion.

Still not convinced?

Take a look at the 5-year track record of Apple, Microsoft, and Exxon Mobil:

In projections, Apple easily outperforms Microsoft and Exxon Mobil too:

So, did somebody say, “If I were Apple CEO, I would shut down the company and give the money back to the shareholders“? :p (Hint: Dell CEO)

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