Where are the world’s 100 biggest companies located?
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There isn’t necessarily one metric to measure which companies are the biggest in the world. You can measure it by profit, number of staff, market capitalisation or other metrics. PwC recently released a report with the 100 biggest companies in the world by market capitalisation. That report was used as the basis for this map.
The 5 biggest companies by far are Apple ($2.1T), Saudi Aramco ($1.9T), Microsoft ($1.8T), Amazon ($1.6T) and Alphabet ($1.4T).
The vast majority of these one hundred companies, are located in the United States (59). Even in the United States itself, we can see that there are 2 areas with a high concentration of Top 100 companies: New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area. China has the 2nd highest number of top 100 companies: 11.
If we look at the top 100 by market capitalisation per country, the United States takes up an even bigger share. US companies amount for 65% of the top 100’s market capitalisation and Chinese companies amount for 11% of the top 100’s market capitalisation.
Other Asian countries with a top 100 company are, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Saudi Arabia, South Korea and Taiwan. In Europe Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the UK have a company in the global top 100. Canada and Australia also have one company in the top 100.