By Jessica Shambora
When Apple (AAPL) passed the giants--General Electric (GE), Johnson & Johnson (GE), Procter & Gamble (PG), and even Google (GOOG)--in terms of stock-market value this week, we started wondering: What company in the universe has the highest stock-market capitalization per employee?
We ran the number and it turns out to be...Google!
Even as Apple has surged on the heels of Monday's blowout quarterly earnings report--and news of upcoming products like its Tablet computer/e-reader--Apple's $187.7 billion stock-market value translates to $5.8 million per employee.
That's certainly impressive. It surpasses the market cap/employee of Exxon Mobil (XOM), Microsoft (MSFT) and Wal-Mart (WMT), which happen to be the only three U.S. companies whose total stock-market capitalization is higher than Apple's today.
But Google is the champ in terms of human capital: Its current $175.5 billion market value translates to $8.6 million per employee.
How thrilling--or maybe frightening--to know that this level of investor confidence is riding on Googlers worldwide.
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