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The Forbes Global 2000 is an annual ranking of the top 2,000 public companies in the world by Forbes magazine. The ranking is based on a mix of four metrics: sales, profit, assets and market value.[1] The list has been published since 2003.

The Forbes Global 2000 is a useful indicator of which are the leading public companies in the world, but it is only an interpretation, as only public companies are listed. The results are not definitive; any change to the criteria would produce a different list.

2019 listEdit

In 2019, the ten largest companies as calculated by this method were:[2]

Rank Company Headquarters Industry Sales
(billion $)
Profits
(billion $)
Assets
(billion $)
Market value
(billion $)
1 Industrial and Commercial Bank of China   Beijing Banking, financial services 175.9 45.2 4034.5 305.1
2 JPMorgan Chase   New York Banking, financial services 132.9 32.7 2737.2 368.5
3 China Construction Bank   Beijing Banking, financial services 150.3 38.8 3382.4 225
4 Agricultural Bank of China   Beijing Banking, financial services 137.5 30.9 3293.1 197
5 Bank of America   Charlotte Banking, financial services 111.9 28.5 2377.2 287.3
6 Apple   Cupertino Computing 261.7 59.4 373.7 961.3
7 Ping An Insurance Group   Shenzen Insurance 151.8 16.3 1038.3 220.2
8 Bank of China   Beijing Banking, financial services 126.7 27.5 3097.6 143
9 Royal Dutch Shell   The Hague Oil & Gas 382.6 23.3 399.2 264.9
10 Wells Fargo   San Francisco Banking, financial services 101.5 23.1 1887.8 214.7

Forbes' ranking of the world's largest public companies in 2019, account for more than $40 trillion in annual revenue and upwards of $186 trillion in global assets

2018 listEdit

In 2018, the ten largest companies as calculated by this method were:[3]

Rank Company Headquarters Industry Sales
(billion $)
Profits
(billion $)
Assets
(billion $)
Market value
(billion $)
1 Industrial and Commercial Bank of China   Beijing Banking, financial services 165.3 43.7 4210.9 311
2 China Construction Bank   Beijing Banking, financial services 143.2 37.1 3631.6 261.2
3 JPMorgan Chase   New York Banking, financial services 118.2 26.5 2609.8 387.7
4 Berkshire Hathaway   Omaha Conglomerate 235.2 39.7 702.7 491.9
5 Agricultural Bank of China   Beijing Banking, financial services 129.3 29.6 3439.3 184.1
6 Bank of America   Charlotte Banking, financial services 92.2 16.6 2196.8 231.9
7 Wells Fargo   San Francisco Banking, financial services 103.0 21.7 1915.4 265.3
8 Apple   Cupertino Computing 247.5 53.3 367.5 926.9
9 Bank of China   Beijing Banking, financial services 118.2 26.4 3204.2 158.6
10 Ping An Insurance Group   Shenzen Insurance 141.6 13.9 1066.4 181.4

As a group, the Forbes Global 2000 in year 2018 accounts for $39.1 trillion in sales, $3.2 trillion in profit, $189 trillion in assets and $56.8 trillion in market value

By countryEdit

Rank Country Companies
1   United States (Including Puerto Rico) 525***
2   China (Including Hong Kong) 305***
3   Japan 135*
4   United Kingdom (including (BOTS) ) 95*
5   Germany (Including Liechtenstein) 95*
6   France (Including DORM) 90*
7   Republic of India 75***
8   South Korea 65*
9   Canada (Excluding Quebecois) 55*
10   Indonesia 45*
11   Saudi Arabia 40*
12   Australia 35
13   Sweden 20
14   Italy 20*
15   Russia 25*
16   Spain 20
17   Netherlands 20
18   Turkey 20*
19   Ireland 18
20   Brazil 16
21   Thailand 16
22   South Africa 12
23   Denmark 12
24   Malaysia 12
25   Mexico 12
26   Israel 11
27   Singapore 11
28   Algeria 11*
29   United Arab Emirates 10*
30   Belgium 10
31   Norway 9
32   Chile 10***
33   Finland 9
34   Oman 8
35   Austria 8
36   Qatar 6
37   Taiwan 6***
38   Colombia 6
39   Poland 6
40   Philippines 6
41   Portugal 5
42   Morocco 4
43   Vietnam 4
44   Libya 6
45   Kuwait 3
46   Argentina 3
47   Nigeria 2
48   Lebanon 2
49   Peru 2
50   Greece 2
51   Hungary 2
52   Venezuela 1
53   Cyprus 1
54   Czech Republic 1
55   Jordan 1
56   Kazakhstan 1
57   Kenya 1

By industry sectorEdit

The top-ranked companies in each industry sector are as follows.

Sector Company Headquarters Overall
rank
Sales
(billion $)
Profits
(billion $)
Assets
(billion $)
Market value
(billion $)
Advertising WPP   London 0301#301 18.7 1.8 42.4 30.1
Aerospace & Defense Boeing   Chicago 0076#76 96.1 5.2 94.4 85.3
Air Courier United Parcel Service   Sandy Springs 0146#146 58.1 4.8 38.3 93.3
Airline Delta Air Lines   Atlanta 0170#170 40.5 4.7 53.3 34.4
Aluminum Alcoa   New York 0757#757 21.7 -0.3 36.1 13.7
Apparel/Accessories Christian Dior   Paris 0216#216 41.6 1.7 68.1 31.4
Apparel/Footwear Retail Inditex   A Coruña 0310#310 23.1 3.2 18.8 103.2
Auto & Truck Manufacturers Toyota Motor   Toyota 0010#10 235.8 19.3 406.7 177.0
Auto & Truck Parts Continental   Hanover 0209#209 43.5 3.0 36.7 43.7
Beverages Anheuser-Busch InBev   Leuven 0056#56 43.6 8.3 136.5 204.6
Biotechs Gilead Sciences   Foster City 0118#118 32.2 18.1 51.8 138.1
Broadcasting & Cable Comcast   Philadelphia 0035#35 74.5 8.2 166.6 148.2
Business & Personal Services Alibaba   Hangzhou 0174#174 15.0 11.0 56.2 200.7
Business Products & Supplies Canon   Tokyo 0254#254 31.4 1.8 36.8 40.4
Casinos & Gaming Las Vegas Sands   Paradise 0432#301 11.4 1.8 21.0 37.2
Communications Equipment Cisco Systems   San Jose 0063#63 49.6 10.3 112.6 141.7
Computer & Electronics Retail Best Buy   Richfield 0637#637 39.5 0.9 13.5 10.7
Computer Hardware Apple   Cupertino 0008#8 233.3 53.7 293.3 586.0
Computer Services Alphabet   Mountain View 0027#27 77.2 17.0 149.7 500.1
Computer Storage Devices EMC   Hopkinton 0231#231 24.6 2.0 45.7 51.9
Conglomerates Siemens   Munich 0051#51 85.5 6.5 133.9 91.8
Construction Materials Saint-Gobain   Courbevoie 0256#256 43.9 1.4 48.7 25.6
Construction Services China State Construction Engineering   Beijing 0114#114 135.0 4.1 165.6 25.6
Consumer Electronics Sony   Tokyo 0192#192 67.9 1.1 142.2 34.1
Consumer Financial Services American Express   New York 0095#95 34.6 5.0 159.0 63.2
Containers & Packaging Amcor   Hawthorn 0966#966 9.3 0.7 8.2 13.6
Department Stores Macy's   Cincinnati 0515#515 27.1 1.1 20.6 12.8
Discount Stores Wal-Mart Stores   Bentonville 0015#15 482.1 14.7 199.6 215.7
Diversified Chemicals BASF   Ludwigshafen 0094#94 78.1 4.4 80.1 73.2
Diversified Insurance Ping An Insurance Group   Shenzhen 0020#20 98.7 8.7 732.3 90.0
Diversified Metals & Mining China Shenhua Energy   Beijing 0167#167 27.3 2.6 85.3 43.1
Diversified Utilities Veolia Environnement   Paris 0526#526 27.7 0.5 39.0 13.3
Drug Retail CVS Health   Woonsocket 0062#62 153.3 5.2 93.7 110.8
Electric Utilities Korea Electric Power   Seoul 0097#97 52.1 11.7 149.5 33.1
Electrical Equipment Schneider Electric   Rueil-Malmaison 0248#117 29.5 1.6 46.3 39.3
Electronics Hon Hai Precision   New Taipei City 0117#117 141.2 4.6 70.3 39.2
Environmental & Waste Waste Management   Houston 0549#549 13.0 0.8 20.9 25.1
Food Processing Nestlé   Vevey 0033#33 92.2 9.4 123.9 235.7
Food Retail Kroger   Cincinnati 0223#223 109.8 2.0 34.9 34.2
Forest Products Empresas CMPC   Santiago 1943#1943 4.8 0.3 14.8 5.4
Furniture & Fixtures Steinhoff International   Stellenbosch 0440#440 13.3 1.4 25.1 22.8
Healthcare Services Express Scripts   St. Louis 0145#145 101.8 2.5 54.0 46.5
Heavy Equipment Caterpillar   Peoria 0155#155 47.0 2.1 78.5 45.6
Home Improvement Retail Home Depot   Atlanta 0112#112 88.5 7.0 42.5 169.8
Hotels/Motels Carnival   Miami 0311#311 15.8 1.9 38.4 37.8
Household Appliances Midea Group   Foshan 0402#402 22.0 2.0 19.8 20.2
Household/Personal Care Procter & Gamble   Cincinnati 0039#39 69.4 8.4 129.1 218.9
Insurance Brokers Aon   London 0420#420 11.7 1.4 27.2 27.9
Internet & Catalog Retail Amazon.com   Seattle 0237#237 107.0 0.6 67.7 292.6
Investment Services Berkshire Hathaway   Omaha 0004#4 210.8 24.1 561.1 360.1
Iron & Steel Citic Pacific   Hong Kong 0061#61 53.8 5.4 877.8 45.4
Life & Health Insurance Japan Post Holdings   Tokyo 0029#29 129.8 4.4 2,450.7 62.6
Major Banks ICBC   Beijing 0001#1 171.1 44.2 3,420.3 198.0
Managed Health Care UnitedHealth Group   Minnetonka 0041#41 165.9 6.0 117.9 127.5
Medical Equipment & Supplies Johnson & Johnson   New Brunswick 0032#32 70.2 15.4 133.4 312.6
Natural Gas Utilities Gas Natural Fenosa   Barcelona 0287#287 28.8 1.7 52.3 20.6
Oil & Gas Operations ExxonMobil   Irving 0009#9 236.8 16.2 336.8 363.3
Oil Services & Equipment Schlumberger   Houston 0176#176 31.7 1.6 69.1 111.1
Other Industrial Equipment Eaton   Dublin 0315#315 20.9 2.0 31.0 28.9
Other Transportation Møller-Maersk   Copenhagen 0306#306 40.3 0.7 64.1 30.7
Paper & Paper Products International Paper   Memphis 0426#426 22.4 0.9 30.6 17.8
Pharmaceuticals Pfizer   New York 0046#46 48.9 7.7 167.5 205.7
Precision Healthcare Equipment Thermo Fisher Scientific   Waltham 0267#267 17.0 2.0 40.9 57.8
Printing & Publishing Thomson Reuters   New York 0405#405 12.2 1.3 29.1 30.9
Property & Casualty Insurance Travelers   New York 0165#165 26.9 3.4 102.0 32.4
Railroads Union Pacific   Omaha 0172#172 21.0 4.6 55.8 75.4
Real Estate China Vanke   Shenzhen 0185#185 31.1 2.9 94.1 27.7
Recreational Products Activision Blizzard   Santa Monica 0842#842 4.6 0.9 15.3 25.5
Regional Banks China Construction Bank   Beijing 0002#2 146.8 36.4 2,826.0 162.8
Rental & Leasing Mitsubishi UFJ Lease   Tokyo 1075#1075 6.7 0.5 42.3 4.2
Restaurants McDonald's   Oak Brook 0189#189 25.4 4.8 37.9 110.1
Security Systems Secom   Tokyo 0854#854 7.1 0.6 13.2 18.1
Semiconductors Samsung Electronics   Seoul 0018#18 177.3 16.5 206.5 161.6
Software & Programming Microsoft   Redmond 0023#23 86.6 10.2 181.9 407.0
Specialized Chemicals Air Liquide   Paris 0313#313 18.2 1.9 31.4 40.5
Specialty Stores Richemont   Bellevue 0416#416 12.4 1.7 21.2 37.6
Telecommunications services AT&T   Dallas 0012#12 146.8 13.2 402.7 234.2
Thrifts & Mortgage Financing Aareal Bank   Wiesbaden 1381#1381 1.4 0.4 57.2 2.1
Tobacco British American Tobacco   London 0177#177 20.0 6.6 46.5 111.0
Trading Companies Mitsubishi Corp   Tokyo 0136#136 59.8 2.7 135.7 27.7
Trucking Yamato Holdings   Tokyo 1306#1306 11.7 0.3 9.3 8.6

2017 listEdit

In 2017, the ten largest companies as calculated by this method were:[4]

Rank Company Headquarters Industry Sales
(billion $)
Profits
(billion $)
Assets
(billion $)
Market value
(billion $)
1 ICBC   Beijing Banking, financial services 151.4 42.0 3473.2 229.8
2 China Construction Bank   Beijing Banking, financial services 134.2 35.0 3016.6 200.5
3 Berkshire Hathaway   Omaha Conglomerate 222.9 24.1 620.9 409.9
4 JPMorgan Chase   New York Banking, financial services 102.5 24.2 2513.0 306.6
5 Wells Fargo   San Francisco Banking, financial services 97.6 21.9 1943.4 274.4
6 Agricultural Bank of China   Beijing Banking, financial services 115.7 27.8 2816.0 149.2
7 Bank of America   Charlotte Banking, financial services 92.2 16.6 2196.8 231.9
8 Bank of China   Beijing Banking, financial services 113.1 24.9 2611.5 141.3
9 Apple   Cupertino Computing 217.5 45.2 331.1 752.0
10 Toyota Motor   Toyota Automotive 249.9 17.1 412.5 171.9

2016 listEdit

In 2016, the ten largest companies as calculated by this method were:[5]

Rank Company Headquarters Industry Sales
(billion $)
Profits
(billion $)
Assets
(billion $)
Market value
(billion $)
1 ICBC   Beijing Banking, financial services 171.1 44.2 3,420.2 198
2 China Construction Bank   Beijing Banking, financial services 146.8 36.4 2,826 162.8
3 Agricultural Bank of China   Beijing Banking, financial services 131.9 28.8 2,739.8 152.7
4 Berkshire Hathaway   Omaha Conglomerate 210.8 24.1 561.1 360.1
5 JPMorgan Chase   New York Banking, financial services 99.9 23.5 2,423.8 234.2
6 Bank of China   Beijing Banking, financial services 122 27.2 2,589.6 143
7 Wells Fargo   San Francisco Banking, financial services 91.4 22.7 1,849.2 256
8 Apple   Cupertino Computing 233.3 53.7 293.3 586
9 ExxonMobil   Irving Oil and gas 236.8 16.2 336.8 363.3
10 Toyota Motor   Toyota Automotive 235.8 19.3 406.7 177

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Andrea Murphy (6 May 2015). 2015 Global 2000: Methodology. Forbes. Accessed December 2015.
  2. ^ "Global 2000: The World's Largest Public Companies". Forbes.com. 2019-05-15. Retrieved 2019-06-03.
  3. ^ Stoller, Kristin (June 6, 2018). "Global 2000: The World's Largest Public Companies 2018". Forbes. Retrieved May 30, 2019.
  4. ^ "The World's Largest Public Companies 2017". Forbes.com. Retrieved November 23, 2018.
  5. ^ "The World's Largest Companies 2016". Forbes.com. Retrieved November 23, 2018.

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