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 Type: Global Fortune 500 | Forbest Global 2000 | FT 500

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.

China’s 95 companies (up from 89 last year) posted $5.8 trillion in revenues. The US has four fewer companies on the list than last year but remains the country leader, with 128 corporations on the list—including No. 1 Wal-Mart Stores—reporting $8.6 trillion in revenues.

Top 10 countries with the most Global 500 companies are the US (128), China (95), Japan (57), France (31), Germany (28), UK (28), South Korea (17), Switzerland (13), Netherlands (13) and Canada (10).

Rank Company Country Sales Profits Assets Market Value
1 ICBC China $148.7 B $42.7 B $3 124.9 B
2 China Construction Bank China $121.3 B $34.2 B $2 449.5 B
3 Agricultural Bank of China China $136.4 B $27 B $2 405.4 B
4 JPMorgan Chase United States $105.7 B $17.3 B $2 435.3 B
5 Berkshire Hathaway United States $178.8 B $19.5 B $493.4 B $309.1 B
6 Exxon Mobil United States $394 B $32.6 B $346.8 B $422.3 B
7 General Electric United States $143.3 B $14.8 B $656.6 B $259.6 B
8 Wells Fargo United States $88.7 B $21.9 B $1 543 B
9 Bank of China China $105.1 B $25.5 B $2 291.8 B
10 PetroChina China $328.5 B $21.1 B $386.9 B $202 B
11 Royal Dutch Shell Netherlands $451.4 B $16.4 B $357.5 B $234.1 B
12 Toyota Motor Japan $255.6 B $18.8 B $385.5 B $193.5 B
13 Bank of America United States $101.5 B $11.4 B $2 113.8 B
14 HSBC Holdings United Kingdom $79.6 B $16.3 B $2 671.3 B
15 Apple United States $173.8 B $37 B $225.2 B $483.1 B
16 Citigroup United States $94.1 B $13.4 B $1 883.4 B
17 BP United Kingdom $379.2 B $23.6 B $305.7 B $148.8 B
18 Chevron United States $211.8 B $21.4 B $253.8 B $227.2 B
19 Volkswagen Group Germany $261.5 B $12 B $446.9 B $119 B
20 Wal-Mart Stores United States $476.5 B $16 B $204.8 B $247.9 B
21 Gazprom Russia $164.6 B $39 B $397.2 B $88.8 B
22 Samsung Electronics South Korea $208.9 B $27.2 B $202.8 B $186.5 B
23 AT&T United States $128.8 B $18.2 B $277.8 B $182.7 B
24 BNP Paribas France $123.2 B $6.4 B $2 480.5 B
25 Total France $227.9 B $11.2 B $239.1 B $149.8 B
26 Verizon Communications United States $120.6 B $11.5 B $274.1 B $197.7 B
27 Allianz Germany $131.4 B $8 B $963.1 B $77.2 B
28 China Mobile Hong Kong $102.5 B $19.8 B $192.8 B $184.6 B
29 Sinopec-China Petroleum China $445.3 B $10.9 B $228.4 B $94.7 B
30 Petrobras Brazil $141.2 B $10.9 B $319.2 B $86.8 B
31 Daimler Germany $156.6 B $9.1 B $232.2 B $102.9 B
32 Microsoft United States $83.3 B $22.8 B $153.5 B $343.8 B
33 AXA Group France $138.9 B $6 B $1 018.9 B
34 Rosneft Russia $142.6 B $12.8 B $229.4 B $70 B
35 IBM United States $99.8 B $16.5 B $126.2 B $202.5 B
36 Nestle Switzerland $99.4 B $10.8 B $135.4 B $239.6 B
37 Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Japan $48.6 B $11.3 B $2 458.9 B
38 Vodafone United Kingdom $65.1 B $31.8 B $235.6 B $96.9 B
39 Eni Italy $152.7 B $6.9 B $186.6 B $90.9 B
40 Procter & Gamble United States $84.7 B $10.9 B $142.9 B $217.8 B
41 Johnson & Johnson United States $71.3 B $13.8 B $132.7 B $277 B
42 American International Group United States $68.1 B $9.1 B $540.7 B $73.2 B
43 Banco Santander Spain $52.5 B $5.8 B $1 537.3 B
44 BHP Billiton Australia $67.7 B $14.8 B $151 B $182.3 B
45 Pfizer United States $52.7 B $22 B $172.1 B $203.9 B
46 Itaú Unibanco Holding Brazil $67.2 B $7.6 B $435.4 B $74.9 B
47 Ford Motor United States $146.9 B $7.2 B $202 B $64.5 B
48 BMW Group Germany $101 B $7.1 B $190.7 B $83.4 B
49 Commonwealth Bank Australia $41.5 B $7.9 B $699.9 B $114.5 B
50 EDF France $100.4 B $4.5 B $353.9 B $75.8
Values Calculated May 2014