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.

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.

2018 list[edit]

In 2018, 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 China Beijing Banking, financial services 165.3 43.7 4210.9 311
2 China Construction Bank China Beijing Banking, financial services 143.2 37.1 3631.6 261.2
3 JPMorgan Chase United States New York Banking, financial services 118.2 26.5 2609.8 387.7
4 Berkshire Hathaway United States Omaha Conglomerate 235.2 39.7 702.7 491.9
5 Agricultural Bank of China China Beijing Banking, financial services 129.3 29.6 3439.3 184.1
6 Bank of America United States Charlotte Banking, financial services 92.2 16.6 2196.8 231.9
7 Wells Fargo United States San Francisco Banking, financial services 103.0 21.7 1915.4 265.3
8 Apple United States Cupertino Computing 247.5 53.3 367.5 926.9
9 Bank of China China Beijing Banking, financial services 118.2 26.4 3204.2 158.6
10 Ping An Insurance Group China Shenzen Insurance 141.6 13.9 1066.4 181.4

By country[edit]

Country Companies
 United States 560
 China (including Hong Kong) 291
 Japan 228
 United Kingdom (including Bermuda) 94
 South Korea 67
 India 58
 France 57
 Germany 54
 Canada 51
 Taiwan 47

By industry sector[edit]

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

2017 list[edit]

In 2017, 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 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

2016 list[edit]

In 2016, 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 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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  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. Retrieved November 23, 2018.
  3. ^ "The World's Largest Public Companies 2017". Forbes.com. Retrieved November 23, 2018.
  4. ^ "The World's Largest Companies 2016". Forbes.com. Retrieved November 23, 2018.

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