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What Could Apple's $110 Billion Cash Hoard Buy?

By Nikhil Hutheesing - 2012-07-27T22:09:59Z

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Apple's crazy cash

Apple is the world's most valuable company. Its $539 billion market capitalization tops that of Verizon, GE and Coca-Cola combined. The staggering pile of cash on its books: $110 billion. What could that buy? More companies, for starters -- Apple has announced it will buy AuthenTec, a fingerprint-authentication technology company, for $350 million in cash. But there's so much more -- and more fun -- things Apple could do with that money. How about buying employees multiple Ferraris? Or feeding the world Big Macs? Here are some decidedly un-shareholder-friendly ideas for how Apple could splash its cash around.