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.

2015 list[edit]

In 2015 the ten largest companies as calculated by this method were, in alphabetical order:[2]

Company Headquarters Industry Sales
(billion $)
Profits
(billion $)
Assets
(billion $)
Market Value
(billion $)
Agricultural Bank of China China Banking, financial services 129.2 29.1 2,574.8 189.9
Bank of China China Banking 120.3 27.5 2,458.3 199.1
Berkshire Hathaway United States Conglomerate 194.7 19.9 534.6 354.8
China Construction Bank China Banking 130.5 37 2,698.9 212.9
Exxon Mobil United States Oil and gas 376.2 32.5 349.5 357.1
General Electric United States Conglomerate 148.5 15.2 648.3 253.5
ICBC China Banking 166.8 44.8 3,322 278.3
JPMorgan Chase United States Banking 97.8 21.2 2,593.6 225.5
PetroChina China Oil and gas 333.4 17.4 387.7 334.6
Wells Fargo United States Banking 90.4 23.1 1,701.4 278.3

References[edit]

  1. ^ Andrea Murphy (6 May 2015). 2015 Global 2000: Methodology. Forbes. Accessed December 2015.
  2. ^ "The World’s Biggest Public Companies". Forbes. 

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