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A company, abbreviated as co., is a legal entity made up of an association of people, be they natural, legal, or a mixture of both, for carrying on a commercial or industrial enterprise. Company members share a common purpose, and unite to focus their various talents and organize their collectively available skills or resources to achieve specific, declared goals. Companies take various forms, such as:

A company or association of persons can be created at law as a legal person so that the company in itself can accept limited liability for civil responsibility and taxation incurred as members perform (or fail to discharge) their duty within the publicly declared "birth certificate" or published policy.

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Credit: David Iliff
30 St Mary Axe, London, widely known by the nickname "The Gherkin", and occasionally as a variant on The Swiss Re Tower, after its previous owner and principal occupier. Swiss Re is the world’s largest reinsurance company, founded in 1863, the firm now operates in more than 30 countries and is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland.

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Rank First Quarter Second Quarter Third Quarter Fourth Quarter
1 United States Microsoft
Increase904,860[1]
2 United States Apple Inc.
Increase895,670[2]
3 United States Amazon.com
Increase874,710[3]
4 United States Alphabet Inc.
Increase818,160[4]
5 United States Berkshire Hathaway
Decrease493,750[5]
6 United States Facebook
Increase475,730[6]
7 China Alibaba Group
Increase472,940[7]
8 China Tencent
Increase440,980[8]
9 United States Johnson & Johnson
Increase372,230[9]
10 United States ExxonMobil
Increase342,170[10]

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