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10 Highest Valued Tech Companies: chron

It seems like every other day a new tech company tries to buoy its way up amid the tumultuous sea of gadget inventors, home appliance innovators and savvy computer designers. While quite a few splash around in hopes of gaining attention, many sputter and sink to the bottom of the pool.
Those that are successful, on the other hand, have the potential to become tech giants. Most of these companies started small and, for the most part, enjoy smooth sailing today -- and stock prices in the stratosphere.


Apple's ability to combine technological innovation with a posh aesthetic has lured consumers and, consequently, investors. According to a February 2012 story in Huffington Post Tech, Apple is worth more than both Microsoft and Google combined. It all started in 1976 in a Los Altos, California, garage, where Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and a small crew assembled their first order of 50 Apple I computers.


Google is both a noun and a verb, synonymous with the term "Internet search." In fact, you'd be hard-pressed to find someone who didn't know what you meant when you say "Google it." The tech giant was worth roughly $44 billion as of June 2011, according to Forbes.com, and it has a bright future ahead of it. Google started as a graduate school project of Larry Page and Sergey Brin (they called it BackRub back then) before catching the eye of outside investors.


Tech giant and powerhouse IBM has a tight grasp on its title as one of the most valued tech brands in the world. The company saw steady growth throughout 2011, beating out Microsoft in September 2011, according to the BBC. IBM's foundations began in 1911, when a savvy businessman combined three manufacturing companies to form a more dominant player in information-based businesses.


Though Samsung doesn't get the same kind of attention that Google or Apple receives, it's still considered one of the leading tech powerhouses in the world. From handheld gadgets to TVs to computers to appliances, the brand consistently launches new products that entice consumers. Samsung began as a small food export business in South Korea. Shrewd management transformed the business into a global electronics force.


Microsoft remains one of the most valuable tech companies in the world. Bill Gates and Paul Allen founded the software giant in 1975 with the creation of the first programming language for personal computers. Today Microsoft is recognized for its Windows operating system, Office software and the Xbox entertainment system.


According to a Forbes article, the iconic phone company AT&T boasts roughly 95 million customers. That number makes this tech company the largest provider of both local and long distance telephone services in the U.S. It had a trademark value of about $30 billion as of June 2011, according to Forbes.com. The company that would become AT&T began in 1875, when two businessmen invested in the work of inventor Alexander Graham Bell.

General Electric

Just a year later, in 1876, Thomas Edison would establish an electronics lab that would eventually evolve into the General Electric Company, now a leader in terms of household appliances. GE also dabbles in other industries, including aerospace and healthcare. Forbes.com reported it had a trademark value of just over $30 billion in June 2011.


Headquartered in Newbury, U.K., Vodafone is one of the largest mobile telecommunication networks on the planet, and it started big, too, when it acquired of the U.K.'s two cellular telephone network licenses in 1982. Today Vodafone boasts a whopping 370 million subscribers in more than 30 countries with networks in more than 40 more, its official website says.


Intel was founded in 1968 in California, with an investment of $3 million. Known as the inventor of the x86 series of microprocessors, a fancy term for "the thing that makes computers work," Intel is now a multibillion-dollar corporation. According to the website IT World, the Interbrand report considers Intel one of the top 10 tech companies in the world.

Hewlett Packard

According to an article by website IT World, Hewlett Packard gained brand value throughout 2011, earning it a position as one of the top 10 tech companies with the highest brand value on the Interbrand report. The company was founded in 1939 in a Palo Alto, California, garage by Stanford students Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard. Today HP is ranked No. 11 on the 2011 Fortune 500 list, according to the HP website.

by Wendy Rose Gould



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