List of public corporations by market capitalization

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The following is a list of publicly traded companies having the greatest market capitalization, as well as government-owned corporations by estimated market value. This list is based on the Financial Times Global 500 rankings.

Market capitalization is calculated from the share price (as recorded on selected day) multiplied by the number of shares issued. Figures are converted into USD millions (using rate from selected day) to allow for comparison. Only companies with free float at least 15% are included, value of unlisted stock classes is excluded. Investment companies are not included in the list.[1]

Publicly traded companies[edit]

All market capitalization figures are in USD millions.

2015[edit]

This Financial Times Global 500–based list is up to date as of March 31, 2015. Indicated changes in market value are relative to the previous quarter.

Rank First quarter[2] Second quarter Third quarter Fourth quarter
1 United States Apple Inc.
Increase724,773.1
2 United States Exxon Mobil
Decrease356,548.7
3 United States Berkshire Hathaway
Decrease356,510.7
4 United States Google
Increase345,849.2[3]
5 United States Microsoft
Decrease333,524.8
6 China Petro China
Increase329,715.1
7 United States Wells Fargo
Decrease279,919.7
8 United States Johnson & Johnson
Decrease279,723.9
9 China Bank of China
Increase275,389.1
10 Switzerland Novartis
Increase267,897.0

2014[edit]

This Financial Times Global 500–based list is up to date as of December 31, 2014. Indicated changes in market value are relative to the previous quarter.

Rank First quarter[4] Second quarter[5] Third quarter[6] Fourth quarter[7]
1 United States Apple Inc.
Decrease478,766.1
United States Apple Inc.
Increase560,337.4
United States Apple Inc.
Increase603,277.4
United States Apple Inc.
Increase647,361.0
2 United States Exxon Mobil
Decrease422,098.3
United States Exxon Mobil
Increase432,357.3
United States Exxon Mobil
Decrease401,094.1
United States Exxon Mobil
Decrease391,481.9
3 United States Microsoft
Increase340,216.8
United States Microsoft
Increase344,458.8
United States Microsoft
Increase381,959.7
United States Microsoft
Increase382,880.3
4 United States Google
Increase313,003.9
United States Google
Increase358,347.3
United States Google
Increase361,998.4
United States Berkshire Hathaway
Increase370,652.6
5 United States Berkshire Hathaway
Increase308,090.6
United States Berkshire Hathaway
Increase312,216.7
United States Berkshire Hathaway
Increase340,055.0
United States Google
Decrease329,768.5
6 United States Johnson & Johnson
Increase277,826.2
United States Johnson & Johnson
Decrease276,837.0
United States Johnson & Johnson
Increase300,614.2
China PetroChina
Increase305,536.1
7 United States Wells Fargo
Increase261,217.5
United States Wells Fargo
Increase261,217.5
United States Wells Fargo
Increase270,782.4
United States Johnson & Johnson
Decrease292,702.8
8 United States General Electric
Decrease259,547.3
Netherlands
United Kingdom
Royal Dutch Shell
Increase269,563.4
United States General Electric
Decrease257,068.4
United States Wells Fargo
Increase284,385.6
9 Switzerland Hoffmann-La Roche
Increase258,542.1
United States General Electric
Increase263,529.6
Switzerland Novartis
Increase255,326.4
United States Wal-Mart
Decrease276,807.4
10 United States Wal-Mart
Decrease246,805.7
Switzerland Hoffmann-La Roche
Decrease256,322.8
Switzerland Hoffmann-La Roche
Decrease254,543.8
China ICBC
Increase271,146.1

2013[edit]

This Financial Times Global 500–based list is up to date as of December 31, 2013. Indicated changes in market value are relative to the previous quarter.

Rank First quarter[8] Second quarter[9] Third quarter[10] Fourth quarter[11]
1 United States Apple Inc.
Decrease415,683.3
United States Exxon Mobil
Decrease401,729.8
United States Apple Inc.
Increase433,099.6
United States Apple Inc.
Increase504,770.8
2 United States Exxon Mobil
Increase403,733.1
United States Apple Inc.
Decrease372,202.3
United States Exxon Mobil
Decrease378,716.2
United States Exxon Mobil
Increase442,142.8
3 United States Berkshire Hathaway
Increase256,801.8
United States Microsoft
Increase288,488.8
United States Berkshire Hathaway
Increase280,001.5
United States Microsoft
Increase312,297.3
4 China PetroChina
Decrease254,618.7
United States Berkshire Hathaway
Increase276,548.5
United States Microsoft
Decrease277,220.9
United States Google
Increase310,079.1
5 United States Wal-Mart
Increase246,373.3
United States Wal-Mart
Decrease244,079.4
United States Johnson & Johnson
Increase244,298.5
United States Berkshire Hathaway
Increase292,396.0
6 United States General Electric
Increase239,775.6
United States Johnson & Johnson
Increase241,170.9
United States General Electric
Increase243,290.4
United States General Electric
Increase283,589.8
7 United States Microsoft
Increase239,602.3
United States General Electric
Increase239,787.2
United States Wal-Mart
Decrease240,773.3
United States Johnson & Johnson
Increase258,415.4
8 United States IBM
Increase237,724.7
United States Google
Increase238,688.6
United States Google
Decrease237,479.4
United States Wal-Mart
Increase254,622.8
9 Switzerland Nestlé
Increase233,792.1
United States Chevron Corporation
Decrease229,402.6
United States Chevron Corporation
Increase234,740.8
Switzerland Hoffmann-La Roche
Increase241,368.0
10 United States Chevron Corporation
Increase230,831.2
China ICBC
Increase226,879.8
Switzerland Hoffmann-La Roche
Increase232,495.2
United States Chevron Corporation
Increase240,223.4

2012[edit]

This Financial Times Global 500–based list is up to date as of December 31, 2012. Indicated changes in market value are relative to the previous quarter.

Rank First quarter[12] Second quarter[13] Third quarter[14] Fourth quarter[15]
1 United States Apple Inc.
Increase559,002.1
United States Apple Inc.
Decrease546,076.1
United States Apple Inc.
Increase625,348.1
United States Apple Inc.
Decrease500,610.7
2 United States Exxon Mobil
Increase408,777.4
United States Exxon Mobil
Decrease400,139.1
United States Exxon Mobil
Increase422,127.5
United States Exxon Mobil
Decrease394,610.9
3 China PetroChina
Increase278,968.4
China PetroChina
Decrease257,685.8
China PetroChina
Decrease253,853.3
China PetroChina
Increase264,833.4
4 United States Microsoft
Increase270,644.1
United States Microsoft
Decrease256,982.4
United States Microsoft
Decrease249,489.8
Australia
United Kingdom
BHP Billiton
Increase247,409.0
5 United States IBM
Increase241,754.6
United States Wal-Mart
Increase235,900.3
United States Wal-Mart
Increase248,074.4
China ICBC
Increase236,457.9
6 China ICBC
Increase236,335.4
United States IBM
Decrease225,598.5
United States General Electric
Increase239,791.2
Hong Kong China Mobile
Increase234,040.2
7 Netherlands
United Kingdom
Royal Dutch Shell
Decrease222,425.1
United States General Electric
Increase220,806.3
United States IBM
Increase237,068.4
United States Wal-Mart
Decrease228,245.4
8 Hong Kong China Mobile
Increase220,978.9
Hong Kong China Mobile
Decrease219,481.3
United States Chevron Corporation
Increase228,707.1
South Korea Samsung Electronics
Increase227,581.8
9 United States General Electric
Increase212,317.7
Netherlands
United Kingdom
Royal Dutch Shell
Decrease217,048.2
Hong Kong China Mobile
Increase222,817.8
United States Microsoft
Decrease224,801.0
10 United States Chevron Corporation
Increase211,950.6
China ICBC
Decrease211,196.0
Netherlands
United Kingdom
Royal Dutch Shell
Increase222,669.6
Netherlands
United Kingdom
Royal Dutch Shell
Steady222,669.6

2011[edit]

This Financial Times Global 500–based list is up to date as of December 31, 2011. Indicated changes in market value are relative to the previous quarter.

Rank First quarter[16] Second quarter[17] Third quarter[18] Fourth quarter[19]
1 United States Exxon Mobil
Increase417,166.7
United States Exxon Mobil
Decrease400,884.5
United States Apple Inc.
Increase353,518.1
United States Exxon Mobil
Increase406,272.1
2 China PetroChina
Increase326,199.2
United States Apple Inc.
Decrease310,412.3
United States Exxon Mobil
Decrease353,135.2
United States Apple Inc.
Increase376,410.6
3 United States Apple Inc.
Increase321,072.1
China PetroChina
Decrease303,649.9
China PetroChina
Decrease276,473.9
China PetroChina
Increase276,844.9
4 China Industrial and Commercial Bank of China
Increase251,078.1
China Industrial and Commercial Bank of China
Decrease246,850.5
United States IBM
Increase208,843.5
Netherlands
United Kingdom
Royal Dutch Shell
Increase236,677.0
5 Brazil Petrobras
Increase247,417.6
Australia
United Kingdom
BHP Billiton
Decrease233,626.5
United States Microsoft
Decrease208,534.9
China Industrial and Commercial Bank of China
Increase228,168.1
6 Australia
United Kingdom
BHP Billiton
Increase247,079.5
Netherlands
United Kingdom
Royal Dutch Shell
Decrease225,122.8
China Industrial and Commercial Bank of China
Decrease206,021.4
United States Microsoft
Increase218,380.1
7 China China Construction Bank
Increase232,608.6
United States Microsoft
Increase219,251.9
Hong Kong China Mobile
Increase198,778.7
United States IBM
Increase216,724.4
8 Netherlands
United Kingdom
Royal Dutch Shell
Increase226,128.7
Switzerland Nestlé
Increase215,017.5
Netherlands
United Kingdom
Royal Dutch Shell
Decrease197,061.1
United States Chevron Corporation
Increase211,893.9
9 United States Chevron Corporation
Increase215,780.6
Brazil Petrobras
Decrease210,111.4
Switzerland Nestlé
Decrease191,115.6
United States Wal-Mart
Increase204,659.8
10 United States Microsoft
Decrease213,336.4
United States IBM
Increase207,781.4
United States Chevron Corporation
Decrease185,456.1
Hong Kong China Mobile
Decrease196,148.4

2000–2010[edit]

1996–1999[edit]

Record market capitalizations[edit]

On 5 November 2007, A shares of Petrochina on the first day of trading after its IPO on Shanghai Stock Exchange skyrocketed from the IPO price of 16.7 RMB to 43.96 RMB by the close (opening price was even 48.6 RMB). That gave a market capitalization of about $1 trillion ($1137 billion in 2015 dollars).[49] Only 4 billion A shares were floated during the IPO, another 158 billion A shares were still held by China National Petroleum Corporation. 21 billion H Shares were already floated on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.[50] However market capitalization based on H-shares never reached $500 billion.[51]

In February 2015 Apple Inc. had a market capitalization of $775 billion.[52] The prior record has been held by Microsoft since December 30, 1999 when it reached an intraday high share price of $119.94.[53] With 5,160,024,593 outstanding shares (as of November 30, 1999),[54] it had a market capitalization of $618.9 billion. Adjusting for inflation to 2015, Microsoft's market capitalization would be at $876 billion.

State-owned companies[edit]

This Financial Times Non-Public 150 based list is up to date as of December, 2006. Figures are in USD millions.

Rank 2006 [55]
1 Saudi Arabia Saudi Aramco
781,000
2 Mexico Pemex
415,000
3 Venezuela Petróleos de Venezuela
388,000
4 Kuwait Kuwait Petroleum Corporation
378,000
5 Malaysia Petronas
232,000
6 Algeria Sonatrach
224,000
7 Iran National Iranian Oil Company
220,000
8 Japan Japan Post (priv. 2007)
156,000
9 Indonesia Pertamina
140,000
10 Nigeria Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation
120,000

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