In our special series "American Titans," CNBC.com is taking an in-depth look at Apple.
Led by legendary CEO Steve Jobs, the company's market cap value has gone from $4.8 billion back in the year 2000 to $231 billion today, an increase of about 4,700% in the past 10 years.
Apple was founded in 1976 by Jobs and partners Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne. Less than a year later, Wayne sold his stake to Jobs and Wozniak for only $800.
Since then, Apple has redefined the computer, music, and consumer electronics industries, with products that include the Macintosh, iMac, iPod, iTunes, iPhone, and most recently, the iPad.
When Apple went public in 1980, its initial public offering was the most successful since Ford in 1956. The company has been singled out for innovation and brand loyality among consumers and is also known for a very secretive corporate culture.
What follows are some facts and figures about this "American Titan."
Stock Performance & Valuation
Three Highest Paid Executives
Note: Steve Jobs was reappointed as Chief Executive Officer, Director of Apple Inc. in June 2009. He has been the Director of Apple since 1997. Since 2004, however, Mr. Jobs total annual compensation stands at $1.
Source: CNBC Analytics, Capital IQ and Thomson Reuters
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