There are many ways to measure the world’s largest companies and there are countless rankings, which do just that. We have chosen three of the most respected and renowned rankings to give a fuller picture - the Global Fortune 500, Forbes Global 2000 and the FT 500. All rankings are for 2014.

Author: Gilly Wright
Project Coordinator: S.J. Yun

Ranking Types:

Global Fortune 500 is based on the companies' fiscal year ended on or before March 31, 2014. The 500 largest companies ranked by revenues beat performance records in 2013: racking up combined revenues of $31.1 trillion, up 2.5% from 2012, and profits soared 27% to nearly $2 trillion.  CLICK TO VIEW RANKINGS>>

Forbes Global 2000 is a comprehensive list of the world’s largest, most powerful public companies, as measured by revenues, profits, assets and market value. A composite score is achieved by weighting each of the four numbers equally as of April 1, 2014 closing prices and includes all common shares outstanding. CLICK TO VIEW RANKINGS>>

FT 500 ranks companies by market capitalisation – the greater the stock market value of a company, the higher its ranking (based on the share price on 31st March 2014 multiplied by the number of shares). CLICK TO VIEW RANKINGS>>