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MULTINATIONAL technology giants have skyrocketed in value over the last decade, offering consumers continuously innovative new products – one rolling out after the next. Huge corporations have embedded into peoples’ day-to-day lives never anticipated before. Here is a list of companies in order of their market capitalisation value.

APPLE
Interesting Fact: The founder of the company – Steve Jobs – was actually fired in 1985, when he was 30 years old. Apple’s revolutionary products, which include the iPod, iPhone and iPad, are now seen as dictating the evolution of modern technology.
Founded by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne on April 1, 1976.
CEO: Tim Cook
Employees: 123,000
Headquarters: Cupertino, CA
Market capitalisation: $875.3 billion …AND STILL GROWING
Growth in last 10 years: 770%
This company needs no explanation– just watch the Golden Globe-winning 2015 film “Steve Jobs” to get an inside look at the beginnings of this legendary tech giant.
Apple got its start back in the 70s when its three founders developed the first commercially successful line of personal computers – and eventually launched one of the most successful mobile phones of all time—the great iPhone.

ALPHABET
Interesting Fact: While its two founders were grad students at Stanford, they already had a search project called BACKRUB that was hosted on the university’s servers for over a year.
Founded by: Larry Page and Sergey Brin on October 2, 2015
CEO: Larry Page
Product: Conglomerate (Google parent company)
Employees: 72,053
Headquarters: Mountain View, California
Market Cap: $784.2 billion AND GROWING
Growth in last ten years: 411%
The two co-founders of Google eventually ended up founding Alphabet, Inc, and chose to launch a higher-up umbrella conglomerate to take some of the pressure off of Google – which was in control of a number of subsidiaries until they were passed up to the new parent company. The massive restructuring will certainly go down in corporate history.


MICROSOFT
Product: Software, consumer electronics, personal computers, and services
Founded by: Bill Gates & Paul Allen on April 4, 1975
Employees: 124,000
Headquarters: Redmond, Washington
Market Cap: $ 724.2 billion AND GROWING
YoY growth: 47%
Growth in last ten years: 231%
Microsoft was founded back in the mid-70s in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It took about ten years until it completed its Initial Public Offering (IPO), which raised $61 million at the time – famously making Bill Gates super rich. Since then, this has been one of the most reliable tech investments, as people use its software and video games technology all over the world.

AMAZON
Interesting Fact: Amazon.com was almost named Cadabra.com, but it was changed when a lawyer misheard it as “cadaver.”
Founded by Jeff Bezos on July 5, 1994
Has Employees: 566,000
Headquarters: Seattle, WA
Market Cap: $719.1 billion AND GROWING
Growth in last ten years: 2020%
Amazon.com is the largest online retailer worldwide today, and it got its start in a garage back in the mid-90s. Jeff Bezos had been the VP of a Wall Street firm before moving to Seattle to start an internet company after feeling like he missed the boat with the online boom. Since then, the company has exploded into groceries, artificial intelligence, and many more innovative services that almost all of us use.

FACEBOOK
Interesting Fact: Within just a month of forming, over half of the Harvard student population had already signed up for the platform.
Founded by Mark Zuckerberg, Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitzand Chris Hughes on February 4, 2004.
CEO: Mark Zuckerberg
Product: Social Network
Employees: 25,105 AND GROWING
Headquarters: Menlo Park, CA
Market Cap: $520 billion AND GROWING
Growth in last ten years: 483%
If you want to understand the beginnings of Facebook, which is one of the most widely-used social media platforms in human history, just watch the movie “The Social Network.” The film is all about the founding of this social network at Harvard University, which also includes depictions of the characters who eventually sued and won for the theft of their original social network idea.

ALIBABA
Interesting Fact: The founder, Jack Ma, taught English classes for 5 years at a University where he only earned $12.00 to $15.00 per month.
CEO: Daniel Zhang
Product: E-commerce, Internet, AI and Technology
Founded by Jack Ma & Peng Lei on April 4, 1999
Employees: 50,092
Headquarters: Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
Market Cap: $496 billion AND GROWING
YoY growth: 82%
Growth in last ten years: 108%
Alibaba is often thought of as the “Chinese Amazon” – but it is much more than that. This company actually delivered the highest-value initial public offering in US history with $21.8 billion raised. Its founder, Jack Ma, is one of the richest people in the world, and one of the most influential in China.

SAMSUNG
Interesting Fact: The construction unit of Samsung built the tallest building on Earth – the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
CEO: Kwon Oh Hyun
Product: Various
Founded by Lee Byung-chul on March 1, 1938
Employees: 489,000
Headquarters: Seoul, South Korea
Market Cap: $285.8 billion
YoY growth: 23%
Growth in last ten years: 280%
This is the largest South Korean congolomerate, and one of the largest and most successful tech companies to have ever existed. This company started as a trading company and worked in many sectors until the 60s when it entered the electronics realm. Nowadays, it is one of the top global producers of televisions, smartphones, home appliances, and a number of other popular devices.

NETFLIX
Interesting Fact: The starting pay for most entry-level jobs at Netflix, like positions in call centers, is $18.00 per hour.
CEO: Reed Hastings
Product: Streaming Entertainment/Production
Founded by Reed Hastings & Marc Randolph on August 29, 1997
Employees: 5,400
Headquarters: Los Gatos, California
Market Cap: $124.1 billion
YoY growth: 104%
Growth in last ten years: 6259%
Netflix is a company that started out as an innovative DVD-mail-service venture and slowly grew to nearly dominate film and TV on Earth – with its online streaming services, it truly transformed the way that human beings consume entertainment. Nowadays, some of the most popular films and television shows are produced and put directly onto the Netflix platform.

PAYPAL
Interesting Fact: This company was actually voted as one of the 10 worst business ideas of 1999.
CEO: Daniel Schulman
Product: Online Payments
Founded by Ken Howery, Luke Nosek, Max Levchin, Peter Thiel & Elon Musk in December 1998
Employees: 18,100
Headquarters: San Jose, California
Market Cap: $95.6 billion
YoY growth: 89%
Growth in last ten years: 129%
PayPal went public in 2002, just four years after it was founded – and it got picked up by eBay in the same year of its initial public offering (IPO). It was originally called Coinfinity until it merged with Elon Musk’s X.com back in 2000. Since then, it has become one of the top online payments processors in the world – and we can see their label on tons of e-commerce sites globally.

UBER
Interesting Fact: This company once offered UberKITTENS, which allowed riders in many US cities to have the option of purchasing cuddle time with real-life cats in sets of 15 minutes.
CEO: Dara Khosrowshahi
Product: Peer-to-Peer Ride Sharing Platform
Founded by Travis Kalanick & Garrett Camp in March 2009
Employees: 12,000
Headquarters: San Francisco, CA
Market Cap: $69 billion
It was actually called UberCab for the first two years of its existence – but now the word “Uber” is a global household name. People in cities all over the world rely on this peer-to-peer ride sharing service – and a ton of people make their living as drivers in the global ecosystem. They are supposedly going to do an IPO in 2019.
— Internet

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MULTINATIONAL technology giants have skyrocketed in value over the last decade, offering consumers continuously innovative new products – one rolling out after the next. Huge corporations have embedded into peoples’ day-to-day lives never anticipated before. Here is a list of companies in order of their market capitalisation value.

APPLE
Interesting Fact: The founder of the company – Steve Jobs – was actually fired in 1985, when he was 30 years old. Apple’s revolutionary products, which include the iPod, iPhone and iPad, are now seen as dictating the evolution of modern technology.
Founded by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne on April 1, 1976.
CEO: Tim Cook
Employees: 123,000
Headquarters: Cupertino, CA
Market capitalisation: $875.3 billion …AND STILL GROWING
Growth in last 10 years: 770%
This company needs no explanation– just watch the Golden Globe-winning 2015 film “Steve Jobs” to get an inside look at the beginnings of this legendary tech giant.
Apple got its start back in the 70s when its three founders developed the first commercially successful line of personal computers – and eventually launched one of the most successful mobile phones of all time—the great iPhone.

ALPHABET
Interesting Fact: While its two founders were grad students at Stanford, they already had a search project called BACKRUB that was hosted on the university’s servers for over a year.
Founded by: Larry Page and Sergey Brin on October 2, 2015
CEO: Larry Page
Product: Conglomerate (Google parent company)
Employees: 72,053
Headquarters: Mountain View, California
Market Cap: $784.2 billion AND GROWING
Growth in last ten years: 411%
The two co-founders of Google eventually ended up founding Alphabet, Inc, and chose to launch a higher-up umbrella conglomerate to take some of the pressure off of Google – which was in control of a number of subsidiaries until they were passed up to the new parent company. The massive restructuring will certainly go down in corporate history.


MICROSOFT
Product: Software, consumer electronics, personal computers, and services
Founded by: Bill Gates & Paul Allen on April 4, 1975
Employees: 124,000
Headquarters: Redmond, Washington
Market Cap: $ 724.2 billion AND GROWING
YoY growth: 47%
Growth in last ten years: 231%
Microsoft was founded back in the mid-70s in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It took about ten years until it completed its Initial Public Offering (IPO), which raised $61 million at the time – famously making Bill Gates super rich. Since then, this has been one of the most reliable tech investments, as people use its software and video games technology all over the world.

AMAZON
Interesting Fact: Amazon.com was almost named Cadabra.com, but it was changed when a lawyer misheard it as “cadaver.”
Founded by Jeff Bezos on July 5, 1994
Has Employees: 566,000
Headquarters: Seattle, WA
Market Cap: $719.1 billion AND GROWING
Growth in last ten years: 2020%
Amazon.com is the largest online retailer worldwide today, and it got its start in a garage back in the mid-90s. Jeff Bezos had been the VP of a Wall Street firm before moving to Seattle to start an internet company after feeling like he missed the boat with the online boom. Since then, the company has exploded into groceries, artificial intelligence, and many more innovative services that almost all of us use.

FACEBOOK
Interesting Fact: Within just a month of forming, over half of the Harvard student population had already signed up for the platform.
Founded by Mark Zuckerberg, Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitzand Chris Hughes on February 4, 2004.
CEO: Mark Zuckerberg
Product: Social Network
Employees: 25,105 AND GROWING
Headquarters: Menlo Park, CA
Market Cap: $520 billion AND GROWING
Growth in last ten years: 483%
If you want to understand the beginnings of Facebook, which is one of the most widely-used social media platforms in human history, just watch the movie “The Social Network.” The film is all about the founding of this social network at Harvard University, which also includes depictions of the characters who eventually sued and won for the theft of their original social network idea.

ALIBABA
Interesting Fact: The founder, Jack Ma, taught English classes for 5 years at a University where he only earned $12.00 to $15.00 per month.
CEO: Daniel Zhang
Product: E-commerce, Internet, AI and Technology
Founded by Jack Ma & Peng Lei on April 4, 1999
Employees: 50,092
Headquarters: Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
Market Cap: $496 billion AND GROWING
YoY growth: 82%
Growth in last ten years: 108%
Alibaba is often thought of as the “Chinese Amazon” – but it is much more than that. This company actually delivered the highest-value initial public offering in US history with $21.8 billion raised. Its founder, Jack Ma, is one of the richest people in the world, and one of the most influential in China.

SAMSUNG
Interesting Fact: The construction unit of Samsung built the tallest building on Earth – the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
CEO: Kwon Oh Hyun
Product: Various
Founded by Lee Byung-chul on March 1, 1938
Employees: 489,000
Headquarters: Seoul, South Korea
Market Cap: $285.8 billion
YoY growth: 23%
Growth in last ten years: 280%
This is the largest South Korean congolomerate, and one of the largest and most successful tech companies to have ever existed. This company started as a trading company and worked in many sectors until the 60s when it entered the electronics realm. Nowadays, it is one of the top global producers of televisions, smartphones, home appliances, and a number of other popular devices.

NETFLIX
Interesting Fact: The starting pay for most entry-level jobs at Netflix, like positions in call centers, is $18.00 per hour.
CEO: Reed Hastings
Product: Streaming Entertainment/Production
Founded by Reed Hastings & Marc Randolph on August 29, 1997
Employees: 5,400
Headquarters: Los Gatos, California
Market Cap: $124.1 billion
YoY growth: 104%
Growth in last ten years: 6259%
Netflix is a company that started out as an innovative DVD-mail-service venture and slowly grew to nearly dominate film and TV on Earth – with its online streaming services, it truly transformed the way that human beings consume entertainment. Nowadays, some of the most popular films and television shows are produced and put directly onto the Netflix platform.

PAYPAL
Interesting Fact: This company was actually voted as one of the 10 worst business ideas of 1999.
CEO: Daniel Schulman
Product: Online Payments
Founded by Ken Howery, Luke Nosek, Max Levchin, Peter Thiel & Elon Musk in December 1998
Employees: 18,100
Headquarters: San Jose, California
Market Cap: $95.6 billion
YoY growth: 89%
Growth in last ten years: 129%
PayPal went public in 2002, just four years after it was founded – and it got picked up by eBay in the same year of its initial public offering (IPO). It was originally called Coinfinity until it merged with Elon Musk’s X.com back in 2000. Since then, it has become one of the top online payments processors in the world – and we can see their label on tons of e-commerce sites globally.

UBER
Interesting Fact: This company once offered UberKITTENS, which allowed riders in many US cities to have the option of purchasing cuddle time with real-life cats in sets of 15 minutes.
CEO: Dara Khosrowshahi
Product: Peer-to-Peer Ride Sharing Platform
Founded by Travis Kalanick & Garrett Camp in March 2009
Employees: 12,000
Headquarters: San Francisco, CA
Market Cap: $69 billion
It was actually called UberCab for the first two years of its existence – but now the word “Uber” is a global household name. People in cities all over the world rely on this peer-to-peer ride sharing service – and a ton of people make their living as drivers in the global ecosystem. They are supposedly going to do an IPO in 2019.
— Internet


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