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It’s impossible to quantify the effect Steve Jobs has had during his time as CEO of Apple, on computing, the market or our lives, but nonetheless, it’s fun to try. Here are some impressive numbers racked up by Jobs during his tenure.

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It’s impossible to quantify the affect Steve Jobs has had during his time as CEO of Apple, on computing, the global market or our lives, but nonetheless, it’s fun to try. Here are some of the more impressive numbers racked up by Jobs during his tenure as head of the world’s most innovative company.

  • Value of 100 Apple shares: $1,369 in 1997 vs. $150,590 in 2011, for a difference of $149,221.
  • Number of times Jobs listed as inventor on Apple patents: 313.
  • Number of times Jobs listed as lead inventor on Apple patents: 33 (For perspective: Google founders Larry Page and Sergei Brin appear on around a dozen patents total).
  • Apple market capitalization: $2.3 billion in 1997 vs. $342.9 billion in 2011.
  • Mac computer shipments: Around 2.6 million in 1997 vs. 13.66 million in 2010. Add in iPads, and estimates for 2011 sales approach 54 million.
  • Apple cash reserves: $1.2 billion in 1997 vs. $75.9 billion in 2011.
  • Apple retail stores: The first opened in 2001, and by the end of that year, there were 27 vs. 339 in 2011.
  • iPhone shipments: 3.7 million in 2007 vs. an estimated 95 million in 2011.
  • iTunes Store songs sold: 100 million in 2004 vs. 10 billion in 2010.
  • App Store downloads: 10 million in 2008 vs. 15 billion in 2010.
Like I said, Jobs’ effect as CEO goes far beyond quantifiable numbers, but that doesn’t mean his track record doesn’t impress in stark black and white as listed above. He’s a tough act to follow, but like new CEO Tim Cook, I have nothing but faith in the company’s ability to continue to do work that results in similar stats for decades to come.
  1. Nice. It is also interesting look back what he said while unveiling a number of successful products. Most of his words came true :)
    http://buzzintechnology.com/2011/08/looking-back-at-what-the-legendary-steve-jobs-said-on-apple-and-its-revolutionary-products/

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  2. Lindsworth Horatio Deer Thursday, August 25, 2011

    Wow!!!!! I hope Apple can now face up to the coming threat of Android under Tim Cook as CEO!!!!

    http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2011/08/apple-ceo-steve-jobs-resigns-as-apple.html

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