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The Fortune Global 500, also known as Global 500, is an annual ranking of the top 500 corporations worldwide as measured by revenue and the list is compiled and published annually by Fortune magazine.


1 Methodology

1.1 Controversy

2 Geographical distribution 3 Fortune Global 500 list of year 2017

3.1 Breakdown by country 3.2 By industry sector

4 See also 5 References 6 External links

Methodology[edit] Until 1989, it listed only non- United States
United States
industrial corporations under the title "International 500" while the Fortune 500
Fortune 500
contained and still contains exclusively United States
United States
corporations. In 1990, United States
United States
companies were added to compile a truly global list of top industrial corporations as ranked by sales. Since 1995, the list has had its current form, listing also top financial corporations and service providers by revenue. Controversy[edit] Several inconsistencies exist in Fortune's ranking of cities with the most Fortune 500
Fortune 500
headquarters. On June 3, 2011, the Atlanta Business Chronicle stated examples of Fortune including regional headquarters for some cities, not including regional headquarters for other cities and in some cases not including headquarters that are physically located inside a city limit.[1] Geographical distribution[edit] Since 2001, there has been a significant change in the geographical distribution of the companies in the Global 500 rankings. The number of North American-based companies decreased from 215 in 2001 to 143 in 2017 and the contribution of Asian-based companies increased rapidly from 116 in 2001 to 197 in 2017. Most of this growth is accounted for by the rapid increase in the number of Chinese Global 500 companies, of which there were 109 by 2017 (the number becomes 115 if Taiwan is included), increasing from only 10 in 2001. The share of European-based companies also reduced, from 158 to 143, over the same period.[2][3][4] Fortune Global 500 list of year 2017[edit] The following is the list of top 10 companies.[5][6]

Rank Company Country Industry Revenue
in USD

1 Walmart  United States Retail $466 billion

2 State Grid  China Power $315 billion

3 Sinopec Group  China Petroleum $268 billion

4 China
National Petroleum  China Petroleum $263 billion

5 Toyota
Motor  Japan Automobiles $255 billion

6 Volkswagen  Germany Automobiles $240 billion

7 Royal Dutch Shell   Netherlands
(United Kingdom) † Petroleum $240 billion

8 Berkshire Hathaway  United States Products $224 billion

9 Apple  United States Technology $216 billion

10 Exxon Mobil  United States Petroleum $205 billion

† Fortune had previously listed Shell as a British/Dutch company, but as of the 2016 listing it is listed as Dutch. Breakdown by country[edit] As of November 2017, this is the list of the top 10 countries with the most Global 500 companies.[7]

Rank Country Companies

1  United States 133

2  China 109

3  Japan 51

4  France 29

5  Germany 29

6   United Kingdom
United Kingdom
† 21

7  South Korea 15

8   Netherlands
† 15

9   Switzerland 13

10  Canada 11

† The Global 500 includes Unilever
under the heading "Britain/Netherlands", as the company is counted in the tally for both countries. As can be seen from the table above, 425 (85.0%) of the Global 500 are represented by only 10 countries: two in North America
North America
( Canada
and United States), five in Western Europe
(France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland
and United Kingdom) and three in East Asia
(China, Japan and South Korea). Moreover, the top six (United States, China, Japan, France, Germany
and United Kingdom) are some of the world's largest economies as estimated by the IMF (List of countries by GDP (nominal)). Among the Fortune Global 500, 371 companies (74.2%) are from these six countries. According to the Credit Suisse Global Wealth Report 2016, the adult citizens of these six countries own approximately 67% of the world's total household wealth.[8] By industry sector[edit] The top-ranked companies in each industry sector are as follows.

Sector Company Headquarters Overall rank Revenues ($M)

Aerospace & Defense Boeing Chicago 0060#60 94,571

Apparel Christian Dior Paris 0234#234 42,113

Business services The Adecco Group Zürich 0434#434 25,112

Chemicals BASF Ludwigshafen 0126#126 63,641

Energy State Grid
State Grid
of China Beijing 0002#2 315,199

& Construction China
State Construction
Engineering Beijing 0024#24 144,505

Financials Berkshire Hathaway Omaha 0008#8 223,604

& Drug Stores Walgreens Boots Alliance Deerfield 0037#37 117,351

Food, Beverages
& Tobacco Nestlé Vevey 0064#64 90,814

Health Care UnitedHealth Group Minnetonka 0013#13 184,840

Household Products Procter & Gamble Cincinnati 0098#98 71,726

Industrials General Electric Boston 0031#31 126,661

Materials China
Minmetals Beijing 0120#120 65,547

Media The Walt Disney Company Burbank 0161#161 55,632

Motor Vehicles & Parts Toyota Toyota 0005#5 254,694

Retailing Walmart Bentonville 0001#1 485,873

Technology Apple Cupertino 0009#9 215,639

Telecommunications AT&T Dallas 0019#19 163,786

Transportation U.S. Postal Service Washington, D.C. 0099#99 71,498

Wholesalers McKesson San Francisco 0011#11 198,533

See also[edit]

40 under 40 (Fortune Magazine) Fortune India 500 Forbes Global 2000 Fortune 500 Fortune 1000 List of largest companies by revenue List of companies by employees List of corporations by market capitalization


^ Maria Saporta. "Some cities rankings are overstated". Atlanta Business Chronicle. Retrieved 28 October 2012.  ^ "A New Perspective on the Corporate World". CNN Money, Fortune Magazine. Retrieved 8 July 2013.  ^ "Visualize The Global 500". Fortune.  ^ Fortune 500
Fortune 500
companies list: 40% of Fortune 500
Fortune 500
companies Asian, India has 7 in list - Times of India ^ http://fortune.com/global500/ ^ "Global 500". Fortune. Retrieved July 7, 2014.  ^ "Global 500 2017". Fortune.  Number of companies data taken from the "Country" box. ^ Credit Suisse Publikationen

External links[edit]

Fortune.com: full Fortune G