Technology giant, Apple is a well-known company and it had a very successful first quarter of 2015. To understand how much successful it was, it means the biggest quarter in the history. And it was not the biggest for Apple's history, but it is for any company did ever.
We can see a report of biggest companies history chart here. The largest Russian natural gas extractor in the world Gazprom held the record at $16.2 billion in a quarter. Where-as Apple now holds the record of $18.04 billion in profit, for fiscal Q1 of 2015.
This is really insane.
Just for more clarification, it means in profits Apple makes around $8.3 million per hour and 24 hours a day.
From the current top 20 earning record holders 15 are gas / oil producers and other 5 are all Apple, over various quarters.