What does $1tn really look like?

On Thursday, Aug 2 2018, Apple became the first publicly traded American company with a $1,000,000,000,000 market cap.

Here’s a neat interactive data visualization from the NYTimes to play with after the jump; it gives you a reference point for just how big $1tn is compared to the rest of the publicly traded companies on the S&P.

SOURCE: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/08/02/technology/apple-trillion-market-cap.html

Here’s another nifty graphic that shows us the history of Apple’s valuation:

SOURCE: https://www.ft.com/content/aebad290-9644-11e8-b67b-b8205561c3fe


So, how big is $1tn? When you hear a big number out of context, it’s not always easy to quantify. These data visualizations help define how BIG $1tn really is in the context of American business, adding more meaning to this landmark event.