Forbes Global 2000
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. 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.
Latest edition: Top 10
In 2017, the ten largest companies as calculated by this method were:
|Market value |
|1||ICBC||Beijing||Banking, financial services||151.4||42.0||3473.2||229.8|
|2||China Construction Bank||Beijing||Banking, financial services||134.2||35.0||3016.6||200.5|
|4||JPMorgan Chase||New York||Banking, financial services||102.5||24.2||2513.0||306.6|
|5||Wells Fargo||San Francisco||Banking, financial services||97.6||21.9||1943.4||274.4|
|6||Agricultural Bank of China||Beijing||Banking, financial services||115.7||27.8||2816.0||149.2|
|7||Bank of America||Charlotte||Banking, financial services||92.2||16.6||2196.8||231.9|
|8||Bank of China||Beijing||Banking, financial services||113.1||24.9||2611.5||141.3|
|China (including Hong Kong)||263|
|United Kingdom (including Bermuda)||91|
Previous edition: 2016 list by Forbes magazine
In 2016, the ten largest companies as calculated by this method were:
|Market value |
|1||ICBC||Beijing||Banking, financial services||171.1||44.2||3,420.2||198|
|2||China Construction Bank||Beijing||Banking, financial services||146.8||36.4||2,826||162.8|
|3||Agricultural Bank of China||Beijing||Banking, financial services||131.9||28.8||2,739.8||152.7|
|5||JPMorgan Chase||New York||Banking, financial services||99.9||23.5||2,423.8||234.2|
|6||Bank of China||Beijing||Banking, financial services||122||27.2||2,589.6||143|
|7||Wells Fargo||San Francisco||Banking, financial services||91.4||22.7||1,849.2||256|
|9||ExxonMobil||Irving||Oil and gas||236.8||16.2||336.8||363.3|
By industry sector
The top-ranked companies in each industry sector are as follows.
- Andrea Murphy (6 May 2015). 2015 Global 2000: Methodology. Forbes. Accessed December 2015.
- "The World's Biggest Public Companies". Forbes.
- "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.