Forbes Global 2000

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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.a

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.

Latest edition: Top 10

In 2017, 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 ICBC China Beijing Banking, financial services 151,4 42,0 3473,2 229,8
2 China Construction Bank China Beijing Banking, financial services 134,2 35,0 3016,6 200,5
3 Berkshire Hathaway United States Omaha Conglomerate 222,9 24,1 620,9 409,9
4 JPMorgan Chase United States New York Banking, financial services 102,5 24,2 2513,0 306,6
5 Wells Fargo United States San Francisco Banking, financial services 97,6 21,9 1943,4 274,4
6 Agricultural Bank of China China Beijing Banking, financial services 115,7 27,8 2816,0 149,2
7 Bank of America United States Charlotte Banking, financial services 92,2 16,6 2196,8 231,9
8 Bank of China China Beijing Banking, financial services 113,1 24,9 2611,5 141,3
9 Apple United States Cupertino Computing 217,5 45,2 331,1 752,0
10 Toyota Motor Japan Toyota Automotive 249,9 17,1 412,5 171,9

Country

[3]

Country Companies
 United States 565
 China, People's Republic of (with Hong Kong) 263
 Japan 229
 United Kingdom (incl. Bermuda) 91
 South Korea 64
 France 59
 Canada 58
 India 58
 Germany 51
  Switzerland 46

Previous edition: 2016 list by Forbes magazine

In 2016, 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 ICBC China Beijing Banking, financial services 171.1 44.2 3,420.2 198
2 China Construction Bank China Beijing Banking, financial services 146.8 36.4 2,826 162.8
3 Agricultural Bank of China China Beijing Banking, financial services 131.9 28.8 2,739.8 152.7
4 Berkshire Hathaway United States Omaha Conglomerate 210.8 24.1 561.1 360.1
5 JPMorgan Chase United States New York Banking, financial services 99.9 23.5 2,423.8 234.2
6 Bank of China China Beijing Banking, financial services 122 27.2 2,589.6 143
7 Wells Fargo United States San Francisco Banking, financial services 91.4 22.7 1,849.2 256
8 Apple United States Cupertino Computing 233.3 53.7 293.3 586
9 ExxonMobil United States Irving Oil and gas 236.8 16.2 336.8 363.3
10 Toyota Motor Japan Toyota Automotive 235.8 19.3 406.7 177

By industry sector

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

See also

References

  1. ^ Andrea Murphy (6 May 2015). 2015 Global 2000: Methodology. Forbes. Accessed December 2015.
  2. ^ a b "The World's Biggest Public Companies". Forbes.
  3. ^ "The World's Largest Public Companies 2017". Forbes. U.S. companies account for the most members of the list, 565, followed by China and Hong Kong, which is home to 263 Global 2000 companies.

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