In its fiscal year 2012 that one company headquartered at One Infinity Loop bagged $41.7 billion in profit on $156.5 billion in revenue, a pretty decent 26.6% ratio, which most companies out there can only dream of, and which proves that disrupting an industry pays off big time even in a recession.
The other Silicon Valley giants above raked in $34.4 billion in combined profits, though Microsoft's profit margin is slightly higher than even Apple's, and that's with all the R&D costs around Windows 8/RT creation and distribution.
Another eye-opener on Apple's insane profits is the sum that all PC makers raked in as a whole - just south of $20 billion, which is less than a half of what Apple alone made, next to hardware giants like HP, Dell, IBM, Intel, Asus, Acer and Lenovo. Turning our attention to the mobile industry, despite Samsung's rapid ascent, Apple dominates the overall profit chart there, too, with Samsung, Nokia, RIM and HTC combined making less than $20 billion. The cable and media behemoths like Time Warner, Comcast, News Corp and Disney, are also slouching against Cupertino's signature hardware/software ecosystem.