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Tech stocks leader: Up 3,000 percent. Who is it?

Tech stocks haven't come close to matching the record of Apple: Shares are up 3,000 percent; market cap, up 6,000 percent. Here's a look at what makes it the leader among tech stocks.


Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduces iCloud during a keynote address to the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco June 6, 2011. Mr. Jobs has been the driving force behind Apple's push to regaining its position as a leader among tech stocks.

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Following Apple's launch of iCloud, a wireless service that allows users to access their content from any device connected to the Internet, CNBC.com gathered some facts and figures on the growth of the company in recent years.

Led by legendary CEO Steve Jobs, the company's market cap value has gone from $4.8 billion back in the year 2000 to $312.6 billion today, an increase of about 6,413 percent in the past 11 years.

Apple was founded in 1976 by Jobs and partners Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne. Less than a year later, Wayne sold his stake to Jobs and Wozniak for only $800.

Since then, Apple has redefined the computer, music, and consumer electronics industries, with products that include the Macintosh, iMac, iPod, iTunes, iPhone, and most recently, the iPad.

When Apple went public in 1980, its initial public offering was the most successful since Ford in 1956. The company has been singled out for innovation and brand loyality among consumers and is also known for a very secretive corporate culture.
here are some key facts and figures about Apple:

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Three Highest Paid Executives

*Total Calculated compensation figures from Capital IQ include salary, bonuses, estimated stock options and other incentives.
Note: Steve Jobs was reappointed as Chief Executive Officer, Director of Apple Inc. in June 2009. He has been the Director of Apple since 1997. Since 2004, however, Mr. Jobs total annual compensation stands at $1.

Source: CNBC Analytics, Capital IQ and Thomson Reuters

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