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Apple Computer

(NasdaqNM: AAPL)


Apple has been so successful in recent years that it's almost boring, until you look at the numbers. As iPods become standard equipment for an increasing portion of the citizenry, the company's sales grew 56%, to $17.3 billion. No doubt there are threats on the horizon, such as European legislators' push to force Apple to make songs purchased on iTunes work with non-iPod players. But with no credible rival on the scene to steal its music thunder and with interest in the Mac rising fast, 2007 is shaping up just fine for CEO Steve Jobs.

Company Info

2005 Rank


($ Millions)


Sales Growth
(over prev. year)

56 %

($ Millions)


Return on Equity

19.9 %

Total Return on Sales (12-mo.)


Share Price
As of 5/31/06



NasdaqNM: AAPL

No. of Employees


Industry Computers & Peripherals
*Trailing 12 months
Stock price data as of 5/31/06
DATA: Standard & Poor's Compustat

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Company Snapshot

Apple Computer engages in the design, manufacture, and marketing of personal computers and related software, services, peripherals, and networking solutions worldwide. It also offers a line of portable digital music players, accessories, and services. The company's products and services include Macintosh line of desktop and notebook computers; iPod digital music player; Xserve G5 server and Xserve RAID storage products; a portfolio of consumer and professional software applications; Mac OS X operating system; iTunes Music Store; and a portfolio of peripherals that support and enhance the Macintosh and iPod product lines. The company also sells various third-party products, including computer printers and printing supplies, storage devices, computer memory, digital camcorders and still cameras, personal digital assistants, iPod accessories, and various other computing products and supplies. In addition, it engages in the online distribution of music, audio books, music videos, short films, and television shows. Further, the company offers products and services for the educational industry, which include eMac, iMac, and iBook; video creation and editing solutions; wireless networking; student information systems; curriculum and professional development solutions; and one-to-one learning solutions. It sells its products primarily to education, creative, consumer, and business markets primarily through online, retail stores, wholesalers, resellers, and cataloguers. As of Sept. 24, 2005, the company operated 116 stores in the U.S.; and eight stores in Canada, Japan, and Britain. Apple Computer was co-founded by Steve Jobs in 1976. The company is headquartered in Cupertino, Calif.

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Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs, 51

Chief Executive Officer and Director

Total Compensation


Value of Options


Steve Jobs serves as chief executive officer of Apple Computer, and has been CEO of Pixar since February, 1986. Jobs co-founded Apple in 1976, and Pixar, the Academy Award-winning animation studio, in 1986. He also co-founded NeXT Software and served as chairman and CEO from October, 1985, to February, 1997, when it was acquired by Apple. He then served as an adviser to Apple and interim CEO. Jobs has been chairman and director of Pixar since March, 1991, and February, 1986, respectively. He has been a director of Walt Disney since May, 2006. He has been a director of Apple since 1997. Jobs serves as a member of advisory board of Newsworld International Channel. He has served as a director of Gap since September ,1999.

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