Apple Sitting on Extraordinary Pile of Cash As in, it holds 10% of all corporate cash out there By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Oct 1, 2013 6:21 PM CDT 32 comments Comments (Shutterstock) (Newser) – Apple CEO Tim Cook had dinner with billionaire investor Carl Icahn last night, and Icahn gave him an earful: He says he "pushed hard" for a $150 billion buyback for shareholders, reports Bloomberg. And as a new Moody's analysis shows, the company is sitting on an enormous cash hoard—$147 billion, which accounts for 10% of all corporate cash, reports the Wall Street Journal. (Or at least cash held by nonfinancial companies.) That's almost double the $77 billion held by second-place Microsoft. The buyback is a "no-brainer," says Icahn. "I feel very strongly about this," he tells CNBC. "I can't promise you the stock will go up and I can't promise you they will do the buyback. But I can promise you that I'm not going away until they hear a lot more from me concerning this."