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World's 10 biggest companies

Last updated on: May 07, 2015 20:04 IST

Chinese companies dominate the Forbes list of world’s top companies.

 
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Forbes Global 2000 companies account for combined revenues of $39 trillion, profits of $3 trillion and assets worth $162 trillion.

Banks and diversified financials dominate with 434 positions, more than one fifth of the world’s largest companies.

This year’s Forbes Global 2000 companies hail from 61 countries and have a market value of $48 trillion.

Take a look at the world’s 10 biggest companies…

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ICBC, China

Rank: 1

Sales: $166.8 billion

Profits: $44.8 billion

Assets: $3,322 billion

Market Value: $278.3 billion 

Founded in 1984, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China is the largest bank in the world. It is one of 'Big Four' commercial banks in China.

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China Construction Bank, China

Rank: 2

Sales: $130.5 billion

Profits: $37 billion

Assets: $2,698.9 billion

Market Value: $212.9 billion

Founded in 1954, China Construction Bank is the second largest bank in the world.                                

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Agricultural Bank of China, China

Rank: 3

Sales: $129.2 billion

Profits: $29.1 billion

Assets: $2,574.8 billion

Market Value: $189.9 billion 

One of the world’s most powerful and valuable companies, Agricultural Bank of China was founded in 1951.

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Bank of China, China

Rank: 4

Sales: $120.3 billion       

Profits: $27.5 billion

Assets: $2,458.3 billion

Market Value: $199.1 billion 

Founded in 1912, Bank of China is the oldest bank in China.

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Berkshire Hathaway, United States

Rank: 5

Sales: $194.7 billion

Profits: $19.9 billion

Assets: $534.6 billion

Market Value: $354.8 billion 

With legendary investor Warren Buffett at the helm, Berkshire now owns a diverse range of businesses like including confectionery, home furnishings, vacuum cleaners, jewellery sales  and newspaper publishing,

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JPMorgan Chase, United States

Rank: 6

Sales: $97.8 billion

Profits: $21.2 billion

Assets: $2,593.6 billion

Market Value: $225.5 billion 

JPMorgan Chase is the largest bank in the United States.

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Exxon Mobil, United States

Rank: 7

Sales: $376.2 billion

Profits: $32.5 billion

Assets: $349.5 billion

Market Value: $357.1 billion                  

ExxonMobil is the largest refiner in the world.

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PetroChina, China

Rank: 8

Sales: $333.4 billion

Profits: $17.4 billion

Assets: $387.7 billion

Market Value: $334.6 billion

Founded in 1999, PetroChina is China’s largest oil producer.

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General Electric, United States

Rank: 9

Sales: $148.5 billion

Profits: $15.2 billion

Assets: $648.3 billion

Market Value: $253.5 billion 

One of the world’s most innovative and profitable companies, GE operates in areas like power and water, oil & gas, energy management, aviation, healthcare, transportation, and capital.

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Wells Fargo, United States

Rank: 10

Sales: $90.4 billion

Profits: $23.1 billion

Assets: $1,701.4 billion

Market Value: $278.3 billion

Wells Fargo was named the world's most valuable bank brand by The Banker magazine and Brand Finance.