Infographic shows where Apple spends its money

By , Feb 1, 2013

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Despite the fact that investors have begun to worry about Apple’s future, the company is still one of the wealthiest in the world. The iPad-maker added another $13 billion to its cash pile last quarter, bringing the total to $137 billion.

And that number will only continue to grow, because Apple doesn’t really spend much money. Maybe a few billion on research and development, and another couple on data centers and other facilities. But not enough to make a dent…

The following infographic comes from the folks over at Master-business-administration.org, and it shows where Apple spends most of its money.

A Bite Out of Apple

I find it interesting that Apple spends so much less than other big companies on things like advertising and D.C. lobbying. For example, it only spends $500,000 on lobbying expenses and Google spends $5 million. But then again, it is Google.

Also, if you needed any more proof that Apple is betting big on iCloud and other web services, just look at what it spends on data centers. It’s no coincidence that the $7.04 billion tab was one of the company’s largest expenses last year.

Overall, pretty interesting stuff, wouldn’t you say?

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  • Daxx

    Would be interesting to see how much they spend on their neverending patent war

    • http://twitter.com/NerFTed Jason Duong

      Out of all the major technology companies, I wonder who spends the most.

      • JoblessGuy2

        Microsoft anyday

      • http://twitter.com/NerFTed Jason Duong

        What makes you think that? -formal discussion begins-

      • JoblessGuy2

        Have you heard of Microsoft Research? I hadn’t until last year. Google it. A LOT of cash goes into that thing. Plus, they spent about 10 billion dollars in R&D last year.

  • Mohammed Sahib

    RnD expenses dropped in 2012 after a massive increase in 2011.

    • Mohammad Ridwan

      This explains why iOS 6 was so disappointing…

  • RarestName

    So an iPad’s worth your money as compared to an iPhone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/liamsagooch Liam Googolplex Merlyn

    Does that really say that Tim Cook pulled in $378 million last year? Jesus effing Christ

    • http://twitter.com/NerFTed Jason Duong

      set4life

    • http://twitter.com/MCaudebec Maxim∑

      It’s spread over 10 years

      • http://www.facebook.com/liamsagooch Liam Googolplex Merlyn

        Ohh right okay, still an insane salary, considered Steve only took a dollar per year

  • http://www.facebook.com/oria.maymon Oria Maymon

    Thanks Cody very interesting! so how nasdaq is fall down in 200$ + ?

  • Hyr3m

    Only half a million spent corrupting US officials ? That’s fairly acceptable isn’t it ?

  • http://geeksputnik.tv/ Pasha

    looks like they made a mistake in the iPhone’s “real cost %” section. Or am I missing something?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steffen-Jobbs/100001574843303 Steffen Jobbs

    Apple needs to spend much more on D.C. lobbying. No wonder Google is worth almost $300 a share more than Apple. Apple definitely needs to redirect its cash to where it will do the most good for the company. Google has been having everything go their way, so giving money to those dudes in Washington must be paying off quite well. Apple needs to learn the skill of greasing influential people’s palms.