What is the largest company in the world? If you are curious about the answer of this question, then it’s a good sign that you are thinking big. For that, I want to congratulate you. This post aims to publish updated information about which of the world’s companies and corporations are making it to the top every year. I also hope that this post will inspire everyone who has his own business or company, whether it’s small, medium or big.
Who made it in 2010?
For the year 2010, the No. 1 Corporation according to Fortune’s Global 500 is none other than the mega-retailer Wal-Mart Stores. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., under its new President and CEO Michael Duke, was successful in luring consumers worldwide with its intensified retailer’s bargain prices. Moreover, Wal-Mart continued expanding globally, reaching the Asian and Latin-American markets. Wal-Mart is based in 702 S.W. Eighth St. Bentonville, Arkansas, USA.
Wal-Mart employs more than 2 million associates worldwide. With total revenues of $408.21 billion and a profit of $14.33 billion for 2010, Wal-Mart took over the no.1 spot previously held by the Royal Dutch Shell (now in no. 2 spot). Royal Dutch Shell revenues and profit for the year amounted to $285.13 billion and $12.52 billion, respectively.
For the complete list of Fortune 2010 Global 500, please visit this link.
Who made it in 2009?
Royal Dutch Shell claimed the top position in the 2009 Fortune Global 500 list of largest corporations in the world. The Europe’s largest oil producer enjoyed revenue of $458 billion and profit of $26 billion during the year. Shell has made a bold move by investing up to $18 billion in a plant in Qatar that would turn natural gas into cleaner-burning diesel fuel. It hopes to bring the Pearl GTL, as the facility is called, online by 2010 and expects it to produce enough fuel to fill more than 160,000 cars per day. RDS’s CEO is Peter Voser and the company employs more than a hundred thousand employees. The corporation is based in Carel van Bylandtlaan 30, The Hague, Netherlands.
For the complete list of Fortune 2009 Global 500, please visit this link.
Who will make it in 2011?
This post will be updated for the world’s largest companies and corporations in 2011. Who will make it to the top for the coming year? Will it still be the American retailing giant Wall-Mart or Netherlands giant oil producer Royal Dutch Shell? Or perhaps, the biggest company in 2011 will be none of the two? Stay tuned.
The ranking is based on Fortune 500, which is based on sales or revenues. There maybe other rankings that are available, such as based on profits, assets, market value and other factors. Such rankings may result to different results. Forbes Global 2000 also listed the biggest and most powerful public listed companies in the world in it’s publication dated April 21, 2010. We will continue updating this post as new information will be made available.