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Top companies: Biggest employers
Rank Company Global 500
Rank
2008 Number of Employees
1 Wal-Mart Stores 3 2,100,000
2 China National Petroleum 13 1,618,393
3 State Grid 15 1,537,000
4 U.S. Postal Service 84 765,088
5 Sinopec 9 639,690
6 China Telecommunications 263 498,391
7 Carrefour 25 495,287
8 Hon Hai Precision Industry 109 486,000
9 Gazprom 22 456,000
10 Deutsche Post 54 451,515
11 Agricultural Bank of China 155 441,883
12 United Parcel Service 143 426,000
13 Siemens 30 420,800
14 Hitachi 52 400,129
15 McDonald's 388 400,000
16 International Business Machines 45 398,455
17 Compass Group 407 388,181
18 Industrial & Commercial Bank of China 92 385,609
19 Aviation Industry Corp. of China 426 383,439
20 Volkswagen 14 369,928
21 Tesco 56 364,015
22 Sodexo 456 355,044
23 Target 100 351,000
24 HSBC Holdings 21 331,458
25 Kroger 82 326,000
26 Citigroup 39 324,850
27 Sears Holdings 160 324,000
28 General Electric 12 323,000
29 Hewlett-Packard 32 321,000
30 Toyota Motor 10 320,808
31 ArcelorMittal 28 315,867
32 AT&T 29 302,660
33 China Construction Bank 125 298,581
34 Veolia Environnement 135 297,965
35 La Poste 280 295,742
36 Panasonic 79 292,250
37 Nestlé 48 283,000
38 Robert Bosch 98 281,717
39 Wells Fargo 141 281,000
40 Daimler 23 273,216
41 China Railway Group 242 266,398
42 Home Depot 90 265,650
43 Edeka Zentrale 391 262,241
44 Sberbank 310 259,999
45 China Southern Power Grid 185 259,567
46 Telefónica 66 257,035
47 Metro 50 254,457
48 FedEx 200 254,142
49 Jardine Matheson 411 249,711
50 Bank of China 145 249,278
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Rank # of Global 500 Companies
U.S. 140
Japan 68
France 40
Company 2008 Number of Employees
Wal-Mart Stores 2,100,000
China National Petroleum 1,618,393
State Grid 1,537,000
Company 2008 Profits
($ millions)
Exxon Mobil $45,220
Gazprom $29,864
Royal Dutch Shell $26,277
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