During the pandemic some of the largest companies in the world grew while others shrank. Global Finance compares two of the best-known rankings of company size with its own list of the world's Top 10 by market capitalization to provide a comprehensive picture of global corporate goliaths.

Author: Luca Ventura

Top 10 Largest Companies in 2021 by Market Capitalizationa

Rank Company Country/Territory Sector ($ Bil.)
1 Apple U.S. Technology 2,406
2 Microsoft U.S. Technology 2,140
3 Saudi Aramco Saudi Arabia Energy 1,865
4 Alphabet U.S. Technology 1,806
5 Amazon U.S. Technology 1,680
6 Facebook U.S. Consumer Services 992
7 Tesla U.S. Automotive 703
8 Bekshire Hathaway U.S. Financial 636
9 Taiwan Semiconductor Taiwan Semiconductors 606
10 Tencent China Technology 592
aAs of August 3, 2021.

Top 10 of the 2021 Fortune Global 500a

Rank Company Country     Revenues ($ Mil.) Revenues (% Change)           Profits ($ Mil.) Profits (% Change)
1 Walmart U.S. 559,151 6.7 13,510 -9.2
2 State Grid China 386,618 0.7 5,580 -30
3 Amazon U.S. 386,064 37.6 21,331 84.1
4 China National Petroleum China 283,958 -25.1 4,575 3
5 Sinopec Group China 283,728 -30.3 6,205 -8.7
6 Apple U.S. 274,515 5.5 57,411 3.9
7 CVC Health U.S. 268,706 4.6 7,179 8.2
8 United Health Group U.S. 257,141 6.2 15,403 11.3
9 Toyota Motor U.S. 256,722 -6.5 21,180 13.1
10 Volkswagen Germany 253,965 -10.2 10,103 -35
aFiscal year ended on or before March 31, 2021.

Top 10 of the 2021 Forbes Global 2000a

Rank Company Country     Revenues ($ Bil.)          Profits ($ Bil.)          Assets ($ Bil.)     Market Value ($ Bil.)
1 ICBC China 191 46 4,915 250
2 JPMorgan Chase China 136 40 3,689 465
3 Berkshire Hathaway U.S. 246 43 874 624
4 China Construction Bank China 174 39 4,302 210
5 Saudi Aramco Saudi Arabia 230 49 510 1,897
6 Apple U.S. 294 64 354 2,252
7 Bank of America U.S. 99 18 2,832 336
8 Ping An Insurance Group China 169 21 1,454 211
9 Agricultural Bank of China China 154 31 4,160 140
10 Amazon U.S. 386 21 321 1,712
aData as of early April 16, 2021.


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