Apple hits a new all-time high by Philip Elmer-DeWitt @FortuneMagazine January 31, 2012, 9:21 PM EDT E-mail Tweet Facebook Google Plus Linkedin Share icons The world’s most valuable company is now worth $425 billion, $24 billion ahead of Exxon Apple AAPL capped a post-earnings surge by closing Tuesday at $456.48, a new all-time record high. In intraday trading it reached as high as $458.24, also a record. Measured by market capitalization (price per share times number of shares outstanding), Apple is now worth more than $425 billion, making it the world’s most valuable company by far. No. 2 Exxon Mobil XOM trails by nearly $24 billion. Speaking of oil companies, Neowin‘s Owen Williams points out that according to the Wikipedia chart copied below the fold, Apple’s net profit of $13.06 billion last quarter ranks as the fourth largest of all time. What’s interesting about the list is that Apple is the only company on it that’s not in the oil and gas business. Click to enlarge.