May 14, 2024

Question of the Day: Can you name the 6 American companies worth over $1 trillion in market value?

The four commas club now has six total U.S. companies. How many can you name?


  1. Microsoft
  2. Apple
  4. Alphabet (Google)
  5. Amazon
  6. Meta Platforms (Facebook)


  • How many of these companies' products do you use? 
    • Calculate the percentage of students in your class who use each of the company’s products. 
  • Why do you think they are so valuable? What makes a company valuable to investors?
  • Which of the four companies do you think will be most valuable in 5 years? Why? 


Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom.


Behind the numbers (Companies Market Cap):

What is the market capitalization of a company?

The market capitalization sometimes referred as Marketcap, is the value of a publicly listed company.
In most cases it can be easily calculated by multiplying the share price with the amount of outstanding shares.


Want to see how these companies compare with other companies in the S&P 500? This activity, Interactive: What is the S&P 500? is a student favorite and provides a great visualization of this index. 


Learn more about companies joining and exiting the Trillion Dollar Club through Visual Capitalist infographics 

About the Author

Ryan Wood

Ryan grew up with and maintains a love for learning. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay with a degree in Business Administration and worked in sports marketing for a number of years. After living in Texas, Colorado, Tennessee, and Minnesota, the call of education eventually brought Ryan back to his home state of Wisconsin where he was a Business and Marketing teacher for three years. In his free time he likes to spend time with his wife and daughter, play basketball, read, and go fishing. Now with NGPF, Ryan is excited to help teachers lead the most important course their students will ever take.

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