On Aug 19, consumer electronics giant Apple’s market value surged past the US$2 trillion ($2.7 trillion) milestone, making it more valuable than social media giant Facebook, conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway and the four biggest banks in the US, combined. Apple’s stock — which was hovering around split-adjusted US$1, following the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001 — is up 500-fold. If you had invested just US$2,000 in the iPhone maker in late 2001, it would be worth US$1 million today.

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