This page charts the past record
Until today, Russia’s Gazprom (the largest natural gas extractor
in the world) held the record at $16.2 billion in a quarter.
Apple now holds the record: $18.04 billion in profit, fiscal Q1
For reference, that means Apple makes around $8.3 million dollars
per hour in profit (24 hours a day).
Of the current Top 20 record holding earners, 15 are Oil/Gas
producers — primarily ExxonMobil and Shell. The other five are
all Apple, over various quarters.
Who knows how long Apple’s ride at the top will last, but this is a moment worth savoring. A toast to the value of good design.