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A turnover of 1.261 billion dollars in 2021

The GAFAMs generated the colossal sum of 1.261 billion in 2021. Record revenues made possible thanks to the diversification of their revenues in their offer. But it is above all the dazzling growth of cloud services that stands out. Details in this analysis published by Statista, one of the leading statistics portals on the Internet.

Google, Meta and Apple for Silicon Valley, Microsoft and Amazon, the neighbors of Seattle, together generated 1.261 billion dollars in turnover in 2021, almost the equivalent of the GDP of Spain. Their turnover of several tens of billions of dollars remains impressive, and more or less adapted to market expectations. “In recent years, these four companies have expanded their business scope and split their revenues. Our infographic details how leaders in the digital economy earn their billions,” says Statista, one of the leading statistics portals on the internet.

Amazon still makes most of its revenue through e-commerce. In retail, 48% of sales come from online stores and 22% from third-party sales services. But the distribution giant has long since established a foothold in other business sectors. The branch specializing in cloud computing, Amazon Web Services, for example, has become the group’s profit machine. It accounted for 13% of revenue and 47% of operating profit in 2021. In recent years, Amazon has established itself as the world leader in cloud services.

At the house of Microsoft, revenues are divided into three business segments, each of which generates a very similar volume of sales. The company’s Cloud business (Microsoft Azure and other services) has become the number one source of revenue in recent years, contributing 36% to revenue in 2021. The rest of the sales are split evenly (32 %) between the “Productivity and Business Processes” (including Office, LinkedIn and Dynamics) and “Personal Computing” (Windows, Xbox, etc.) segments.

On the side ofApple, the iPhone remains the core business and still generates more than half of the turnover. Like other big tech companies, Apple is also trying to diversify. Software and services, including iTunes and Apple TV, thus generated nearly 20% of sales in 2021. Wearables (including Apple Watch, AirPods) and smart speakers are also gaining more and more weight in group sales. these last years. “Of the four companies, Alphabet is the one that has diversified its revenue the least at the moment, being still very dependent on online advertisers,” explains the platform. The Google search engine still takes the lion’s share, nearly 60% of the company’s turnover.

In total, adding Google Network and YouTube, Internet advertising represents more than 80% of Alphabet’s sales. Other services, such as Google Cloud, show steady growth, but they still generate a minor portion of revenue (7% for the Cloud business in 2021).


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