ANALYSIS: HOW APPLE SIZES UP TO EXXON

Apple

• Founded with the launch of the Apple 1 in April 1967 by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne. Officially incorporated 3 January 1977

• 49,400 employees worldwide as of 2010

• Reported net income of $7.31bn for the quarter to 25 June 2011, on revenues of $28.57bn.

• Floated on Nasdaq on 12 December 1980, making millionaires of dozens of its employees

• Holds 19 per cent of smartphone OS market share

$7.31bn net profit for quarter to June 2011

EXXONMOBIL

• Founded in the 1999 merger of Exxon and Mobil – both brands originally grew out of the Standard Oil Trust formed by John D Rockefeller in 1882

• 82,000 employees worldwide

• Net profit rose 41 per cent to $10.68bn for the quarter to July 2011

• Current chief executive is Rex W Tillerson (left), who has worked at Exxon since he joined in 1975 as an engineer. Research: Helen Thompson

$10.7bn net profit for quarter to July 2011