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24. Daimler
Rank: 24 (Previous rank: 30)
CEO: Dieter Zetsche
Employees: 260,100
Address: Mercedesstrasse 137
Stuttgart  70327
Country: Germany
Website: www.daimler.com

Daimler's sales are set to cruise this coming year, at least partly due to the rapidly expanding Mercedes market in China. The company sold 137% more cars in China in 2010 than it did in 2009, and it has set its sights on satiating the country's appetite for luxury cars. In fact, the company is building its first car engine plant outside of Germany in China, which is scheduled to open in 2013.

But there's certainly more to the company's future than China. The company sold 37% more trucks globally in 2010 than it did the previous year. And Daimler sold 20% more buses in 2010 compared to the previous year, thanks to increased demand in Latin America. --S.D.

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  $ millions % change from 2009
Revenues 129,480.6 18.0
Profits 5,957.4 N.A.
Assets 182,243.1 --
Stockholders' equity 48,801.6 --
Profits as % of  
Revenues 5
Assets 3.3
From the July 25, 2011 issue
Figures prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standards.
Editor's note: Chrysler Group was erroneously omitted from the Global 500 listing. With revenue of $41.9 billion, Chrysler ranks No.205 among all the companies in the world and 61st in the U.S. As a result, Bristol-Myers Squibb, which had ranked No.500, falls off the list. Updates may be found for the full list, rankings by country, and the list of arrivals. Fortune regrets the error.
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U.S. 133
Japan 68
China 61
Company 2010 Number of Employees
Wal-Mart Stores 2,100,000
China National Petroleum 1,674,541
State Grid 1,564,000
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Nestlé $32,843
Gazprom $31,895
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