The World’s Top and Biggest Companies By Revenue And Market Cap

Key and top performing companies in the world (global) by market value in 2019; The world’s leading companies; The 50 most profitable and best companies worldwide

Key and top performing companies in the world by market value 2019

Apple led the ranking of the world’s largest companies in 2018 with a market value of US$ 961.3 billion. Some of the most recognizable companies in the world, Amazon, Alphabet (Google), Microsoft, and Facebook followed closely behind, rounding out the top five. Apple also led the way in 2018 as the world’s most profitable company (see list and chart below), with a net income of US$59.4.

Determining value

Market value and market capitalization are two terms frequently heard when discussing the profitability and viability of companies. Put simply, market capitalization, or market cap, is the worth of a company based on stock price; an important metric when determining value for potential trading opportunities.

Market value, however, is what a company is worth in a much broader context and can change greatly depending on the business cycle. It is determined by multiple factors, including stockholder equity, corporate debt, and the market environment as a whole.

The world’s top and leading companies

In fiscal year 2018, Apple’s global revenue stood at US$265.6 billion, but somewhat surprisingly, did not manage to crack the top ten of companies with the largest revenue. The American multinational retailer Walmart led the way as the largest company in the world when considering revenue and employment.

RankCompany NameMarket Value,
in US$ billion
1Apple961.3
2Microsoft946.5
3Amazon.com916.1
4Alphabet863.2
5Berkshire Hathaway516.4
6Facebook512
7Alibaba480.8
8Tencent Holdings472.1
9JPMorgan Chase368.5
10Johnson & Johnson366.2
11Visa351.9
12ExxonMobil343.4
13ICBC305.1
14Walmart296.1
15Bank of America287.3
16Nestlé281.3
17Samsung Electronics272.4
18Procter & Gamble265.3
19Royal Dutch Shell264.9
20Intel263.1
21Cisco Systems248.3
22Mastercard247.1
23Verizon Communications239.7
24Walt Disney238.1
25AT&T233.3
26Chevron228.3
27Home Depot226.8
28China Construction Bank225
29Nike224.3
30Taiwan Semiconductor222.4
31Roche Holding222
32Ping An Insurance Group220.2
33Pfizer218.6
34Wells Fargo214.7
35Boeing214.5
36UnitedHealth Group212.8
37Coca-Cola203
38PetroChina198.7
39China Mobile197.6
40Agricultural Bank of China197
41Comcast192
42Merck & Co.189.1
43Oracle186.3
44PepsiCo178.2
45Kweichow Moutai177.1
46Toyota Motor176.6
47Novartis175.6
48HSBC Holdings175.5
49Citigroup161.1
50Netflix157.3
Top 1 to 50 of the 100 largest companies in the world by market value in 2019
RankCompany NameMarket Value,
in US$ billion
51Unilever153.6
52L’Oréal Group153
53BP149.5
54Total149.5
55McDonald’s148.8
56Bank of China143
57BHP Billiton138.3
58SAP134.9
59Adobe Systems132
60Philip Morris International131.5
61China Merchants Bank130.4
62Abbott Laboratories129.8
63Reliance Industries126.4
64Broadcom126.1
653M126.1
66PayPal125.8
67Union Pacific125.6
68IBM124.9
69Honeywell International123.1
70AIA Group122.2
71Salesforce.com120.9
72Eli Lilly119.3
73United Technologies118.1
74Novo Nordisk116.3
75Tata Consultancy Services116.1
76Royal Bank of Canada114.9
77AbbVie114.7
78China Life Insurance114.2
79Accenture113.9
80NVIDIA113.4
81Medtronic113
82Softbank112.4
83Naspers111.3
84Amgen109.3
85Texas Instruments108.4
86Costco Wholesale108.1
87Sinopec105.6
88AIRBUS104.9
89Thermo Fisher Scientific103.9
90TD Bank Group103.8
91Allianz102.3
92Sanofi102
93Altria Group101.8
94Rio Tinto100
95Saudi Basic Industries100
96AstraZeneca99.2
97United Parcel Service98.3
98Linde98.3
99Inditex98
100Anheuser-Busch InBev0.7
Top 51 to 100 of the 100 largest companies in the world by market value in 2019
Sources: Statista

The 50 most profitable and best companies worldwide

In 2018, Saudi Aramco, the Saudi Arabian petroleum and natural gas company, was the most profitable company in the world by net income, with 110.97 billion U.S. dollars. Apple, the Industrial & Commercial Bank of China, Samsung Electronics, and China Construction Bank rounded out the top five spots in the ranking of most profitable companies.

The most profitable companies worldwide in 2018
The 50 most profitable companies worldwide

What is net income?

Net income, or net profit, is the figure that gives the most complete overview of a company’s profitability: Net income accounts for all money that flows in and out of a company, and is calculated as the revenue of a company less all operating expenses, debt payments, interest paid, income from subsidiary holdings, taxes, etc. Different industries have different net profit margins, with corporations in the financial industry reporting about 380 billion U.S. dollars of profit in 2018.

The Apple doesn’t fall far

In terms of market value, Apple was the leading company in the world in 2018. Since the beginning of the new millennium, Apple has reported ever rising amounts of worldwide revenue, with iPhone sales leading the charge.

Company NameRevenue;
$ billion in 2018
Saudi Aramco110.97
Apple59.53
Industrial & Commercial Bank of China45
Samsung Electronics39.9
China Construction Bank38.5
JPMorgan Chase & Co.32.47
Alphabet30.74
Agricultural Bank of China30.66
Bank of America Corp.28.15
Bank of China27.23
Royal Dutch Shell23.35
Gazprom23.2
Wells Fargo22.39
Facebook22.11
Intel21.05
Exxon Mobil20.84
AT&T19.37
Citigroup18.05
Toyota Motor16.98
China Development Bank16.74
Microsoft16.57
Ping An Insurance16.24
Fannie Mae15.96
Verizon15.53
Johnson & Johnson15.3
Chevron14.82
Volkswagen14.32
Micron Technology14.14
SK Hynix14.13
HSBC Holdings13.73
Rio Tinto Group13.64
Sberbank13.27
Alibaba Group Holding13.09
SoftBank Group12.73
Novartis12.61
Disney12.6
PepsiCo12.52
China Merchants Bank12.18
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing12.04
UnitedHealth Group11.99
Tencent Holdings11.9
Petronas11.87
China Mobile Communications11.75
Comcast11.73
Total11.45
Pfizer11.15
Bank of Communications11.13
Home Depot11.12
Unilever11.08
Roche Group10.74
Sources: Statista

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