Disney Blog: Steve Jobs and Disney

October 22nd, 2008

Steve Jobs is one of several members on the Walt Disney Company's Board- by owning six percent of the company he is the largest single owner. He is also one of the most influential along with Robert Iger because of his relationship with Pixar (which he co-founded) and John Lasseter (the current Creative Officer for both Pixar and Disney). In 2005, when Iger was named CEO, some wondered if Steve Jobs could have been another strong candidate for that position….


Check Out Apple's Financial results from earlier today:

  • Apple's Q4 profit rose over 26 percent to $1.14 billion for the three-month period ended September 27th, 2008.
  • Apple in America shipped 1,121,000 Macs and had $3.572B in revenues. That's are up 16 percent and 22 percent year-over-year, respectively.
  • Apple in Europe shipped 611,000 Macs and had $1.723B in revenues. That's up 22 percent and 29 percent year-over-year.
  • Apple in Japan shipped 78,000 Macs and had $320M in revenues. That's an increase of 8 and 25 percent year-over-year.
  • Apple in the rest of Asia shipped 205,000 Mac shipments and had $562M in revenues. That's up by 32 percent and 27 percent compared to the same period a year ago.
  • Apple's "Other Music Related Products and Services" segment earned the company $832M in revenue. A 38 percent increase year-over-year.
  • Apple's "Peripherals and Other Hardware" brought in $428M in change… errr, I mean revenue. This was a 24 percent increase year-over-year.
  • Apple's "Software, Service and Other Sales" accounted for $549M in revenue. This was a 28 percent increase over the same period in 2007 and a 10 percent over Q3 numbers.
  • Apple sold more Macs than they've ever sold in a single quarter of its history.
  • Macs actually accounted for less than half of Apple's total revenue with just 45.9 percent of total income.
  • Apple sold 6,892,000 iPhones during Q4, earning $806M from these and related products; this is more than all previous quarters combined. They've already passed the 10 million mark that they planned for the entire year and have three more months to go. I'd call that purty successful, wouldn't you?
  • Sales of the iPhone actually beat RIM's BlackBerry shipments last quarter; RIM shipped 6.1 million handsets compared to Apple's near 6.9 million. Apple, Inc. is now the third-largest mobile phone supplier in terms of revenue and it only became a phone maker a little more than a year ago.

…….the list keeps going

With Apple's phenomenal success, many are wondering if Steve Jobs should run Disney

Interesting theory, I wonder what Disney would be like with Steve Jobs as CEO….? :)

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