Apple Just Made This Fictional Character Incredibly Rich

Apple Inc.'s stellar third quarter earnings have boosted global market sentiment
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Apple Inc.'s (AAPL) - Get Reportstellar third quarter earnings have boosted global market sentiment, lifted tech shares in Asia to their highest levels in 17 years and look set to value the iPhone giant at more than $800 billion at the start of trading Tuesday.

They've also made one of Hollywood's most charmingly serendipitous characters a very rich man.

Forrest Gump, the famous "gardener from Greenbow, Alabama" and star of the eponymous 1994 Oscar-winning film who met three Presidents, earned the Congressional Medal of Honor for his heroism in Vietnam, won All-America status as a kick returner for the Crimson Tide and made headlines with his solo run across America in the mid-1970s, was also one of the earliest investors in the nascent personal computer maker.

Mind you, the foresight wasn't entirely down to Forrest: his erstwhile army buddy and Bubba Gump Shrimp Company co-founder, Lieutenant Dan Taylor, put him into Apple after Forrest decided to return to Greenbow and wait for his beloved Jenny after cornering the Louisiana crustacean market.

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