After Apple reported its blockbuster $46 billion revenue quarter last week, we had a bit of fun here at GeekWire with the headline: “Apple posts three Yahoos, two Googles and a Microsoft.” Turns out, we weren’t alone in trying to put that massive amount of money in perspective.
Western Washington University student Nicholas Quinlan and Colorado iPhone app developer Ryan Orbuch developed a Web site at AppleMadeMoreMoneyThan.com where anyone can draw up their own comparisons about Apple’s results. Some of my favorites so far:
“Apple made more money than … the value of all NFL franchises combined.”
“Apple made more money than .. the cost of all 10 Nimitz-class aircraft carriers.”
“Apple made more money than … enough to supply everyone on the planet with 17 Oreo cookies.”
I asked Quinlan why he wanted to create the site, and here’s what he had to say on that matter:
“I have always enjoyed putting large numbers into perspective, whether government spending or buying things at the grocery store. I’ve, also, always been an Apple fanboy, growing up in a Apple family. Apple’s (not so) recent success has been very exciting.”
Gizmodo had some fun with the stats, putting together this video.