Corporations are sitting on $1.7 trillion in cash

By Daniel Eatock and Evan Applegate

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PHOTO ILLUSTRATION Daniel Eatock for Bloomberg Businessweek

1 SPRINKLE = $1

100 SPRINKLES

2011 U.S. MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME (INFLATION ADJUSTED): 50,054 SPRINKLES

AVERAGE ANNUAL PAYROLL OF COMPANIES WITH 20 TO 99 EMPLOYEES: 1,000,000 SPRINKLES

APPLE’S CASH PILE: 117,220,999,168 SPRINKLES

U.S. CORPORATE CASH PILE: 1,727,606,900,000 SPRINKLES

SOURCES Federal Reserve, U.S. Census Bureau, company reports

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