Bill Gates does not own Apple; he is the founder of Microsoft. Apple trades as a public entity under NASDAQ with a number of stockholders.
Apple trades as a public entity with approximately 60.4 percent belonging to institutional holders. As of 2015, the top five holders for Apple were the Vanguard Group, State Street Corporation, FMR LLC, Barclays Global Investors UK Holdings and Bank of New York Mellon Corporation. The company's NASDAQ trading profile changes periodically.
Apple Inc. began in 1976 when Steve Jobs and Ronald Wayne began a business to sell personal computers. Their first computer hit the market the same year as a do-it-yourself kit. At the end of the decade, Apple had established a range of products and a production line.
In 1985, Apple's board voted to fire Steve Jobs, with some members citing that he was difficult to work with due to his product visions. However, when the company began running at a loss in 1997, they rehired him. This came at a time when Microsoft computers were selling in high volumes. Jobs resigned from his position as Apple's CEO in August 2011, and Tim Cook was appointed to take his place. Apple Inc. has been a public entity since 1980.Learn More
Bill Gates is known for starting Microsoft, the company that developed the Windows operating system, but he has many other accomplishments. In 1987, Gates became the youngest millionaire ever at the age of 31, according to a report from NPR.Full Answer >
Apple makes Macintosh computers that run on its own operating system, the Mac OS, while Microsoft makes the Windows OS that runs on PC computers. Beyond these OS differences, Apple is both a software and a hardware company, whereas Microsoft, while making a few hardware products through the years, is a software-driven company with notable exceptions.Full Answer >
Apple Inc. is owned by its shareholders. According to Dividend.com, the top five individual shareholders as of 2014 are Arthur Levinson, who owns more than 1.1 million shares; Tim Cook, with 950,767 shares; Al Gore, with 437,661 shares; Robert Mansfield, with 346,801 shares; and Craig Federighi with 318,592 shares.Full Answer >
Depending on the particular industry segment, Apple's competitors include Samsung, Amazon, Microsoft and Google. Throughout most of 2013 and as of 2014, Apple's main competitor in the smartphone market is Samsung's line of Android-powered phones. As Google is the developer of the Android software, however, they are also a major competitor of Apple in the smartphone operating system market.Full Answer >