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.

2016 list by Forbes magazine[edit]

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

2016 Country Rankings[edit]

Country Companies Largest
 United States 540 0004#4 Berkshire Hathaway
 China, People's Republic of (incl. Hong Kong) 249 0001#1 ICBC
 Japan 219 0010#10 Toyota Motor
 United Kingdom (incl. Bermuda) 99 0014#14 HSBC
 South Korea 72 0018#18 Samsung
 France 61 0024#24 BNP Paribas
 India 56 0121#121 Reliance Industries
 Canada 53 0052#52 Royal Bank of Canada
 Germany 50 0021#21 Allianz
 China, Republic of 47 0117#117 Hon Hai Precision
  Switzerland 44 0033#33 Nestlé
 Australia 35 0058#58 Commonwealth Bank
 Italy 27 0092#92 Intesa Sanpaolo
 Spain 26 0037#37 Banco Santander
 Russia 25 0053#53 Gazprom
 Sweden 23 0150#150 Nordea Bank
 Netherlands 22 0050#50 Royal Dutch Shell
 Saudi Arabia 21 0113#113 Saudi Basic Industries
 Brazil 19 0063#63 Itaú Unibanco Holding
 Ireland 19 0289#289 Accenture
 Singapore 17 0253#253 DBS Group
 Malaysia 15 0362#362 Maybank
 Mexico 15 0142#142 América Móvil
 Thailand 15 0337#337 PTT PCL
 United Arab Emirates 15 0312#312 Etisalat
 South Africa 13 0317#317 Standard Bank Group
 Denmark 11 0263#263 Danske Bank
 Turkey 11 0447#447 Isbank
 Belgium 10 0056#56 Anheuser-Busch InBev
 Israel 10 0241#241 Teva Pharmaceutical Industries
 Philippines 9 0864#864 SM Investments
 Qatar 9 0328#328 Qatar National Bank
 Austria 8 0463#463 Erste Group Bank
 Chile 8 0614#614 Falabella
 Finland 8 0360#360 Nokia
 Norway 8 0307#307 DNB
 Greece 6 0953#953 Bank of Greece
 Indonesia 6 0429#429 Bank Rakyat Indonesia
 Colombia 5 0656#656 Grupo Aval
 Luxembourg 5 0568#568 ArcelorMittal
 Poland 5 0819#819 PKN Orlen
 Portugal 5 0437#437 EDP-Energias de Portugal
 Kuwait 4 0775#775 National Bank of Kuwait
 Nigeria 4 1220#1220 Dangote Cement
 Venezuela 4 0793#793 Mercantil Servicios
 Morocco 3 1148#1148 Attijariwafa Bank
 Vietnam 3 1691#1691 Commercial Bank for Investment & Development of Vietnam
 Argentina 2 0749#749 YPF
 Bahrain 2 1361#1361 Ahli United Bank
 Hungary 2 1342#1282 MOL Hungarian Oil
 Lebanon 2 1453#1453 Bank Audi
 Pakistan 2 1800#1800 Habib Bank
 Peru 2 0738#738 Credicorp
 Czech Republic 1 0747#747 ČEZ Group
 Egypt 1 1367#1367 Commercial International Bank
 Jordan 1 1297#1297 Arab Bank
 Kazakhstan 1 1787#1787 Halyk Bank
 Malta 1 1416#1416 Brait
 Oman 1 1425#1425 BankMuscat
 Romania 1 1830#1830 Banca Transilvania

By Industry Sector[edit]

The top-ranked companies in each industry sector.

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 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 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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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