Our annual ranking of the world's largest corporations



And the winners are...
Royal Dutch Shell tops the Fortune Global 500, ending Wal-Mart's two-year winning streak. See the full list of the world's largest corporations, including detailed company profiles and contact information.

A new perspective on the corporate world Where the companies (and the money) are. More
Where women CEOs got their start The 13 female CEOs of the Global 500 started out in a wide array of fields, from teaching to accounting. More
No borders, no boundaries Despite financial turmoil in Europe and disasters in Japan, the world's largest corporations had record profits and revenue in 2011. More
What will the Global 500 look like in 2021? Our list will be shaped by forces that transcend national boundaries: resource scarcity, dizzying urban growth, intelligent infrastructure, and the purchasing power of the world's poorest consumers. More
Most profitable Energy dominates the profits list, but the tech, automotive and financial sectors also had a good year. More
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Rank # of Global 500 Companies
U.S. 132
China 73
Japan 68
Company 2011 Number of Employees
Wal-Mart Stores 2,200,000
China National Petroleum 1,668,072
State Grid 1,583,000
Company 2011 Profits
($ millions)
Gazprom $44,459.6
Exxon Mobil $41,060
Industrial & Commercial Bank of China $32,214.1
FAQ and methodology
All companies on the list must publish financial data and report part or all of their figures to a government agency. In the U.S., private companies and cooperatives... More
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