Kanye West Congratulates Apple For Hitting One Trillion Valuation: 'Thank You For Being So Great'

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A day after Apple became the first publicly traded company to hit $1 trillion valuation, Kanye West shared how much Steve Jobs and his team have meant to him. West, who has frequently compared himself to the late Apple CEO (as well as Picasso and Walt Disney), posted a series effusive tweets congratulating Apple on the world-beating feat.

"Steve Jobs you are one my biggest inspirations and your story spirit and drive helps to push me everyday congratulations on Apple hitting a trillion dollars."

West went on to heap more praise on the company, adding, "You guys are so important and what you do is so special and inspiring to our planet Thank you for being so great."

The milestone for Apple marks the triumph stylish technology that has redefined what we expect from our gadgets ever since two mavericks named Steve started the company 42 years ago. The peak reached Thursday seemed unimaginable in 1997 when Apple teetered on the edge bankruptcy, with its stock trading for less than $1.

To survive, Apple brought back its once-exiled co-founder Jobs as interim CEO and turned to its archrival Microst for a $150 million cash infusion to help pay its bills. Jobs eventually introduced popular products such as the iPod and iPhone that subsequently drove Apple's rise. The stock has been surging this week as anticipation mounts for the next generation iPhone, expected to be released in September.

Apple shares rose 2.7 percent to an all-time high $207.05 around midday on Thursday (Aug. 2). They're up 22 percent so far this year.