Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) has an astounding $76-billion in cash reserves.

How much money is that?

Consider that the combined market caps of four prominent technology companies -- Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK), Research In Motion Limited (Nasdaq: RIMM); Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. (NYSE: MMI) and InterDigital Inc. (NYSE: IDCC) -- amount to only a little over half of the mountain of cash Apple currently holds.

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Consider that Apple’s cash reserves is bigger than any hedge fund in the world (as of January 2011, Bridgewater Associates was the world’s largest hedge fund manager, holding about $59-billion in assets).

If it was a stock mutual fund, Apple would be among the ten largest in the U.S.

Apple’s cash reserve is larger than the annual GDP of some entire countries -- including Sri Lanka, Lebanon, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Kenya and Azerbaijan.