While Facebook made news yesterday after being valued at $50 billion, the Bay Area's other tech giants couldn't escape the valuation craze. So what are they worth? The answers may surprise you. According to TechCrunch:
Yahoo: $22 billion
eBay: $37 billion
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Facebook: $50 billion
Google: $193 billion
Apple: $300 billion
As for Apple, it's obviously having a good year, with only one company, Exxon Mobil, valued more at $375 billion (yeah, Exxon, who knew?) So far, Apple's jumped 40 percent from a previous value of $213 billion in early 2010.
While publicly-traded companies like Google and Apple are more likely to have an accepted worth because of market caps and regulatory transparency, private companies like Facebook are more difficult to assign a value. One can't rely on investment banker Goldman Sachs' opinion, especially after the announcement the firm is investing $450 million in Mark Zuckerberg's brainchild shows the firm can hardly be objective about the deal.