Fortune Global 500

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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. The list is compiled and published annually by Fortune magazine.

Until 1989 it listed only non-U.S. industrial corporations under the title "International 500", while the Fortune 500 contained and still contains exclusively U.S. corporations. In 1990, U.S. 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.

From 2001 to 2012, there has been significant change in the geographical distribution of the companies in the Global 500 rankings. The number of North American–based companies have reduced from 215 in 2001 to 144 in 2011, whereas the contribution of Asian-based companies have increased rapidly from 116 in 2001 to 188 in 2012. The share of European-based companies have increased marginally from 158 to 160 over the decade.[1]


It has been reported that several inconsistencies exist in Fortune's ranking of cities with "the most 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.[2]

Fortune 2013 lists[edit]

The rankings, which have been released by the magazine at its website, appear in the July 8, 2013, issue of the magazine.

The following is the list of top 10 companies, as published on July 8, 2013. It is based on the companies' fiscal year ended on or before March 31, 2013.[3]

RankCompanyCountryIndustryRevenue in USD
1Royal Dutch Shell Netherlands
 United Kingdom
Petroleum$481.7 billion
2Walmart United StatesRetail$469.2 billion
3ExxonMobil United StatesPetroleum$449.9 billion
4Sinopec ChinaPetroleum$428.2 billion
5China National Petroleum Corporation ChinaPetroleum$408.6 billion
6BP United KingdomPetroleum$388.3 billion
7State Grid Corporation of China ChinaPower$298.4 billion
8Toyota JapanAutomobiles$265.7 billion
9Volkswagen GermanyAutomobiles$247.6 billion
10Total FrancePetroleum$234.3 billion

Fortune had previously listed Shell as a Dutch company, but as of the 2013 listing, it is listed as British/Dutch.

Breakdown by country[edit]

This is the list of the top 10 countries, with the most Global 500 companies.[4]

1 United States132
2 China89
3 Japan62
4 United Kingdom37
5 France31
6 Germany29
7 Netherlands22
8  Switzerland14
 South Korea14
10 Canada9

The Global 500 includes 11 companies under the heading "Britain/Netherlands". Those companies are counted in the tally for both countries.


This is the list of top 10 most profitable corporations in the world as published on July 8, 2013. It is based on the companies' fiscal year ended on or before March 31, 2013.[5][6]

RankCompanyCountryProfit in USD
1ExxonMobil United States$44.9 billion
2Apple United States$41.7 billion
3Gazprom Russia$38.1 billion
4Industrial and Commercial Bank of China China$37.8 billion
5China Construction Bank China$30.6 billion
6Volkswagen Germany$27.9 billion
7Royal Dutch Shell Netherlands
 United Kingdom
$26.6 billion
8Chevron United States$26.2 billion
9Agricultural Bank of China China$23.0 billion
10Bank of China China$22.1 billion

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "A New Perspective on the Corporate World". CNN Money, Fortune Magazine. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "Some cities rankings are overstated". Atlanta Business Chronicle. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Global 500". Fortune. Retrieved July 8, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Global 500 2013". Fortune.  Number of companies data taken from the "Country" box.
  5. ^ "The most profitable companies in the Global 500". Fortune Global 500. July 8, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Global 500 2013". Fortune.  Ascend or Descend on the Profits ($b) option on the chart.

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