- Since September 16, 1997, when Jobs returned as CEO and Apple shares traded at $5.49 per share, the stock has surged 4,346 percent and now trades at $244.11 per share. Over the last five years, Apple's stock has grown about 600 percent while Microsoft's managed a modest 5 percent growth.
- ExxonMobil: $287B
- Apple: $229B
- Microsoft $227B
- Walmart $190B
Market capitalization is calculated by multiplying the share price times the number of outstanding shares. It is often used as a public metric of a company's overall net worth.