In 1996, GE could’ve bought Apple for $2 billion

Apple currently has a market capitalization of $607 billion (yep, that’s with a “b”) today, but just 20 years ago, General Electric could have had the company for a measly $2 billion.

Former Apple CEO Michael Spindler was practically begging GE to buy the then-struggling computer company in 1996, according to Bob Wright, the long-time head of NBC­ Universal (which was then a division of GE).

"The stock price was $20, and [Spindler] was explaining he couldn’t get the company moving fast enough and the analysts were on his case,” Wright told the New York Post. "“He was sweating like mad and everybody said, ‘We can’t manage technology like that.’ We had a chance to buy it for $2 billion.”