CHART OF THE DAY: Google's Massive Cash Flow In Context

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Last week a 10-year old company called Google reported $2 billion of quarterly free cash flow, an $8 billion annual run-rate. 

How much is $8 billion? 

It’s more than the cash flow thrown off by Time Warner, a century-old conglomerate that, prior to Google, was the biggest media company in the world. 

It’s two-thirds of the cash flow thrown off by Wal-Mart (not shown), the biggest retailer in the world.  And it’s about half of the cash flow thrown off by Microsoft, one of the most profitable companies in history.


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