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Alphabet has reportedly overtaken Apple as the most cash-rich company in the world

Alphabet, the parent company of Google, has dethroned Apple as the most cash-rich company in the world, according to reports. Alphabet now has $117bn i...

Laura Mullan
|Aug 1|magazine5 min read

Alphabet, the parent company of Google, has dethroned Apple as the most cash-rich company in the world, according to reports.

Alphabet now has $117bn in net cash compared to Apple’s $102bn, according to the Financial Times

The reversal comes as the iPhone maker has made deliberate moves to reduce its liquidity.

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Taking advantage of US tax reforms, Apple decided to bring the $285bn it was holding overseas back to America.

Over the past 18 months, it has spent $122bn on buying back stock and paying dividends, according to the LA Times. 

This effectively helped to reduce the its cash reserves. 

Meanwhile, Alphabet’s cash reserves have surged by $20bn during the same period.