Apple Enters Fortune 100 for First Time Since 1994

As mentioned in a Fortune report, Apple has reentered the top 100 of the Fortune 500 rankings for the first time since 1994, jumping 32 spots from last year's rankings to land at #71 in the 2009 rankings.

Reflecting a strong 2008 in which its earnings -- if not its stock price -- jumped sharply, Apple (AAPL) this week made its first appearance in the top 100 of the Fortune 500 since Steve Jobs' return.

Apple has been a Fortune 500 company since 1983, but it fell off the top 100 on Fortune magazine's list of America's 500 largest companies in 1995, while Jobs was running NeXT.

The Fortune 500 is an annual listing published by Fortune magazine ranking U.S. companies by gross revenues.