Wall Street is a topsy-turvy world, and now Netflix is the media king on top of it.
Thursday, Netflix's market capitalization -- finance-speak for the total value of its stock -- crested higher than the market cap for , previously the most valuable media company in the world. is worth about $153.8 billion compared with 's $152 billion, as of recent trading. surpassed 's market cap Wednesday, too.
In the 15 years since Netflix's shares first went public, the company has skyrocketed both in market value and operational milestones to become a transformational force in entertainment. Earlier this year, Netflix surpassedworldwide subscribers, and the competitive threat of Netflix's $10 billion content budget this year has traditional titans like , and all scrambling to buy (or be bought by) each other.
But critics would point out some lopsided factoids about Netflix's business versus Disney's. Disney's annual revenue last year was $55.1 billion. Netflix's? About a fifth of that at $11.6 billion.
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