What Are the World’s Largest Companies?

The world today is one big market place. The different economies of each separate nation are so closely tied together that changes in one will be reflected in another. The world’s largest companies account for $30 trillion in revenues, $2.4 trillion in profits, $119 trillion in assets and $39 trillion in market value. These companies are also responsible for providing over 70 million jobs. The world’s largest companies are ranked according to revenues, profits, and assets. So what are the world’s largest companies? Here is a list taken from the latest surveys that ranks the top 25 companies.

Top 25 Companies in the World

  1. world-largest-companies
    General Electric
    – The largest energy company in the U.S. is also global. The company is involved in everything energy-related from appliances to light bulbs. Total revenue: $182 billion
  2. Royal Dutch Shell – This gas and oil company from the Netherlands is the second largest oil company in the world. It has stakes in Shell Canada which gives it access to Alberta’s oil fields and has a gas-to-liquid plant in Qatar. Total revenues: $458 billion.
  3. Toyota Motors – Japan’s top auto maker is well ahead of any U.S. manufacturer, even General Motors. Toyota is leading in the hybrid technology and as the industry is making changes to become more eco-friendly, Toyota is at the front of the pack . Total revenues: $203 billion.
  4. Exxon Mobil – Oil and gas has always been big business and at the top of the industry is Exxon Mobile. The petroleum giant is involved in oil and gas exploration as well as new technologies that deal with fossil fuels. Total revenues: $477 billion
  5. BP – This UK oil and energy company has businesses in the U.S. and elswhere. It is the third largest energy company and has oil fields in Alska as well as a partnership with resevres in Russia. Total revenues: $367 billion
  6. HSBC Holdings – This UK-based bank is the world’s largest public banking group. Originally founded from the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, it has holdings all over the world, especially in Asia. Total revenue: $147 billion
  7. AT&T – U.S. telephone and communications provider. It is the largest provider of local and long distance calling and also offers wireless features such as cell phones and internet services. Total revenue: $119 billion
  8. Wal-Mart – Founded by Sam Walton, this U.S. company is a retail giant that carries a general assortment of consumer goods. You can also find oen in just about any town. Total revenues: $404 billion
  9. Banco Santander – Banking group with headquarters in Spain. After mergers in the 1990’s, Banco Santander has acquired numerous banks and firms throughout Europe and even in the U.S. Total revenue: 31 billion in euros.
  10. Chevron – Another oil and petroleum company that is based in the U.S. Chevron has more offshore drilling projects than any other oil and gas company in the world. Total revenues: $230 billion
  11. Total – This French oil and gas company handles everything from from crude oil and natural gas exploration and production to power generation, transportation, refining, petroleum product marketing, and international crude oil and product trading. The company is also involved in chemical research and recently announced its plans for expanding into nuclear energy. Total revenues: 179 billion in euros
  12. ICBC – Industrial and Commercial Bank of China is the largest bank in China with headquarters in Beijing. It is one of China’s ‘Big Four” state-owned commercial banks. Total revenue: $137 billion
  13. Gazprom – The largest Russian oil and petroleum company and the largest extractor of natural gas in the world. Gazprom actually controls 16% of the world’s reserves. Total revenue: $75 billion
  14. Petrochina – A Chinese oil company that is part of the China National Petroleum Corporation. Originally just a joint stock company, CNPC transferred most of its assets to Petrochina for research and exploration of petroleum and natural gas. Total revenue: $150 billion
  15. Volkswagen – The German automaker and producer of the famous Volkswagen bug. With attitudes leaning towards a ‘greener’ market, Volkswagen continues to do well in European sales. Total revenues: $149 billion
  16. JP Morgan Chase –  A U.S. financial institution and one of the oldest and largest in the world. It has the largest hedge fund in the U.S. and recently bought out Washington Mutual. Total revenue: $140 billion
  17. GDF Suez – A French energy company with headquarters in both Paris and Brussels. The company is the second-largest energy company in the world and is involved in energy distribution, renewable energy, water treatment and waste management. Total revenue: $139 billion
  18. ENI – Italian oil and gas company with operations in over 70 different countries. The company is invovled in transportation, sales, and supply of gas and oil as well as electric generation. Total revenue: $138 billion
  19. Berkshire Hathaway – A U.S. holding company that oversees several different American companies. Chaired by Warren Buffet, one of the wealthiest men in the world, the company’s main focus is insurance from everything to property, casualty, and reinsurance. Total revenue: $107 billion
  20. Vodaphone – Mobile telecommunications company based in the UK. It is the largest telecommunicatiosn company in the world and has several different partners as well as active businesses in 25 countries. Total revenue: $75 billion
  21. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial – Japanese financial company with headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial is Japan’s largest financial group and the world’s second largest holding company. Total revenue: $56 billion
  22. Proctor & Gamble – A U.S. company that produces a wide range of consumer products from bathroom needs, baby supplies, and health and beauty products. Proctor & Gamble is also a brand name that has sponsored many soap operas and television programs. Total revenue: $83 billion
  23. CCB – China Construction Bank – A financial bank and one of the ‘Big Four’ in China. Owned by a Chinese government holding company, it has branches all over the world such as Tokyo, Frankfurt, Johannesburg, and Seoul. Total revenue: $75 billion
  24. Verizon Communications – U.S. provider of broadband and telecommunications. The company provides a wide range of communication services from voicemail, wireless, FiOS video services, and Internet services. Total revenue: $93 billion
  25. Petrobras – Brazilian oil producer and distributor with operations in 18 separate countries such as Africa, North America, South America, and Europe. Besides its normal business, Petrobras is also heavily involved in energy conservation and is a sponsor for environmental protection rights. Total revenue: $128 billion

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