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Apple owns $52.6 billion in US Treasurys — more than many major countries

  • Apple owns $20.1 billion in short-term Treasury securities and $31.35 billion in long-term marketable Treasury securities, according to its most recent regulatory filing.
  • That puts it ahead of all but 22 foreign countries, according to Treasury records.

If Apple were a foreign country, CEO Tim Cook might have considerable political clout in the United States.

That's because the tech giant owns $52.6 billion in U.S. Treasury securities, which would rank it among the top 25 major foreign holders, according to estimates from the Treasury Department and Apple's SEC filings released Wednesday.

Apple's stake in U.S. government securities as of June, up from $41.7 billion as of last September, puts it ahead of Israel, Mexico and the Netherlands, according to Treasury data released last month, which tracks up to May of this year.

With $20.1 billion in short-term Treasury securities and $31.35 billion in long-term marketable Treasury securities, Apple still falls far below countries like China and Japan, which hold over a trillion dollars in U.S. government debt each — which has caused considerable hand-wringing in Washington.

Still, Apple is way above other big companies like Amazon, which owns less than $5 billion in U.S. government or agency securities combined, according to regulatory filings.

Here's where Apple would fall:

  1. Japan: $1.1113 trillion
  2. China: $1.1022 trillion
  3. Ireland: $295.8 billion
  4. Brazil: $269.7 billion
  5. Cayman Islands: $266.1 billion
  6. Switzerland: $239.5 billion
  7. United Kingdom: $234.4 billion
  8. Luxembourg: $207.7 billion
  9. Hong Kong: $196.3 billion
  10. Taiwan: $181.2 billion
  11. Saudi Arabia: $134.0 billion
  12. India: $127.3 billion
  13. Russia: $108.7 billion
  14. Singapore: $107.9 billion
  15. Korea: $100.1 billion
  16. Belgium: $98.7 billion
  17. Canada: $80.2 billion
  18. France: $74.4 billion
  19. Germany: $68.3 billion
  20. Thailand: $66.5 billion
  21. Bermuda: $60.9 billion
  22. United Arab Emirates: $60.5 billion
  23. Apple: $52.6 billion
  24. Netherlands: $52.2 billion
  25. Turkey: $49.5 billion
  26. Norway: $48.3 billion
  27. Sweden: $40.8 billion
  28. Mexico: $38.9 billion
  29. Philippines: $38.2 billion
  30. Spain: $38.2 billion
  31. Australia: $37.0 billion
  32. Italy: $35.6 billion
  33. Poland: $35.0 billion
  34. Kuwait: $31.6 billion
  35. Israel: $30.9 billion
  36. All other: $455.7 billion