Top companies: Biggest employers
Rank Company Global 500
2009 Number of Employees
1Wal-Mart Stores1 2,100,000
2China National Petroleum10 1,649,992
3State Grid8 1,533,800
4U.S. Postal Service92 667,605
5Sinopec7 633,383
6Hon Hai Precision Industry112 611,000
7China Telecommunications204 495,239
8Carrefour22 475,976
9Tesco58 468,508
10Agricultural Bank of China141 441,144
11Deutsche Post86 424,686
12United Parcel Service157 408,000
13Siemens40 405,000
14International Business Machines48 399,409
15Aviation Industry Corp. of China330 390,254
16Industrial & Commercial Bank of China87 389,827
17Compass Group424 386,170
18Gazprom50 386,000
19McDonald's378 385,000
20Panasonic65 384,586
21Sodexo437 379,749
22Volkswagen16 368,500
23Hitachi47 359,764
24Target98 351,000
25Kroger70 334,000
26Sears Holdings165 322,000
27Toyota Motor5 320,590
28HSBC Holdings39 309,516
29General Electric13 304,000
29Hewlett-Packard26 304,000
31China Southern Power Grid156 303,184
32China Construction Bank116 301,537
33Veolia Environnement145 291,000
34Edeka Zentrale261 289,602
35La Poste279 287,174
36Bank of America Corp.15 283,717
37AT&T21 282,720
38ArcelorMittal99 281,703
39China North Industries Gp. 348 279,472
40Nestlé44 278,000
41China Resources National395 276,360
42China Railway Group137 276,150
43Robert Bosch129 270,687
44Wells Fargo46 267,300
45Citigroup33 267,150
46Bank of China143 262,566
47Jardine Matheson382 261,000
48Deutsche Telekom59 259,920
49Telefónica 68 257,426
50Daimler30 256,407
From the July 26, 2010 issue
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Rank # of Global 500 Companies
U.S. 139
Japan 71
China 46
Company 2009 Number of Employees
Wal-Mart Stores 2,100,000
China National Petroleum 1,649,992
State Grid 1,533,800
Company 2009 Profits
($ millions)
Gazprom $24,556
Exxon Mobil $19,280
Industrial & Commercial Bank of China $18,832
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