This thought has been percolating in my mind for a couple of weeks:
As best I can tell, the most valuable a company has ever been was Petrol China in 2007 at $720 Billion.
Apple is currently worth $487 Billion (as of Feb 24, 2012).
That means their value would have to increase around 50% to pass the $720 Billion mark.
Apple has been averaging 50% annual stock gains for the past ten years (with 2007-2008 the only exception).*
So… it is likely that in the next year, Apple will become the most valuable company in history.
Note: I am using “largest” and “most valuable” as synonyms here.
Side note: in the next year, Apple will also become the most profitable company in history.
And they can fit every product they make on a office table (at 4:49).