Subject: Re: Apple and Open Source
From: Rafe Colburn <rafeco@rc3.org>
Date: Thu, 3 May 2001 16:42:58 -0400

On Wed, May 02, 2001 at 06:49:49PM -0700, Crispin Cowan wrote:
> Casey West wrote:
>
> > I'm not suprised a bit.  Doesn't MicroSoft hold a fair stake in
> > Apple?  My take on the situation is that even if folks at Apple
> > wanted to give something back they would be haulted by The Big Bad
> > Machine.
>
> Microsoft holds a trivial stake in Apple.  MS invested $150 million
> in Apple in 1997, which at the time had a market cap. of approx. $6
> billion, giving MS approx. 2.5% of Apple.

 It's worth pointing out that those shares were also special non-voting
shares (not plain old common stock), so it wasn't an investment in the
traditional sense anyway.

 --Rafe

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