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GLOBAL 2000: THE WORLD’S LARGEST PUBLIC COMPANIES

  The 16th annual Forbes Global 2000 list includes publicly-traded companies from 60 countries. Collectively, the companies on this list account for $39.1 trillion in sales, $3.2 trillion in profit, $189 trillion in assets and $56.8 trillion in market value. All metrics are up double-digits year-over-year, with profits up an impressive 28%.

For the first time since 2015, China and the U.S. split the top 10 evenly this year. China is home to 291 Global 2000 companies while the U.S. is on top with 560.

For the past few months, the world has watched as trade tensions escalate between the U.S. and China. The vast economic power the two countries hold is mirrored in the Forbes 2018 Global 2000 list.


But the U.S. still dominates in terms of the amount of companies on the overall list, boasting almost 30% of the total. China and Hong Kong’s 291 companies are up from 262 in 2017. On the inaugural list in 2003, there were just 43 companies from China-Hong Kong. Meanwhile, Japan, the United Kingdom and South Korea also broke into the top five countries with the most companies.

THE LIST 2018

#1 ICBC

#2 China Construction Bank

#3 JPMorgan Chase

#4 Berkshire Hathaway

#5 Agricultural Bank of China

#6 Bank of America

#7 Wells Fargo

#8 Apple

#9 Bank of China

#10 Ping An Insurance Group

#11 Royal Dutch Shell

#12 Toyota Motor

#13 ExxonMobil

#14 Samsung Electronics

#15 AT&T

GLOBAL 2000: THE WORLD’S LARGEST PUBLIC COMPANIES GLOBAL 2000: THE WORLD’S LARGEST PUBLIC COMPANIES Reviewed by mujeeb Olagunju on June 17, 2018 Rating: 5

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