Move Over Microsoft: Apple's Rise to the Top

Includes: AAPL, MSFT
by: TickerSense

It's official, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has overtaken Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) as the largest public technology company in the country. As of the close on 5/26/10 Apple's market capitalization stands at $222bln while Microsoft's is slightly less at $219bln.

Below we highlight Apple's rise from a small $4.65bln company in 2001 to one of the most innovative and successful companies in the world. Interestingly, of these 10 companies only two (Apple and Google) have gained in value since 2000 (or the IPO in the case of Google and Visa).