Recently, Kanye West has been talking a big game about Yeezy becoming a billion dollar company and no one is sure if it’s true. What has definitely, without a doubt, happened is that Apple has become not a billion, but a trillion dollar company. As the company’s CEO Tim Cook wrote, in his letter to Apple employees, at the “closing share price of $207.39, the stock market now values Apple at more than $1 trillion.” They are the first ever publicly traded company to hit the trillion mark.
For a little perspective, that number is getting close to Canada’s GDP ($1.53 trillion) and is higher than both Amazon and Google. But Cook, in his address, wasn’t too hung up on stock prices. He believes it’s about the people:
It’s you, our team, that makes Apple great and our success is due to your hard work, dedication and passion. I am deeply humbled by what you do, and it’s the privilege of a lifetime to work alongside you. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the late hours and extra trips, all the times you refuse to settle for anything less than excellence in our work together.
Kanye had a similar message for the company, also thanking the employees with the words “you are so great.”
He also had a message for Steve Jobs, his inspiration:
Tim Cook ended his message to employees with a Steve Jobs shout-out too:
Steve founded Apple on the belief that the power of human creativity can solve even the biggest challenges — and that the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do. In today’s world, our mission is more important than ever. Our products not only create moments of surprise and delight, they empower people all around the globe to enrich their lives and the lives of others.
Maybe one day Kanye will be in the position to write such a message.