China, US firms top Forbes Global 2000

India contributes 56 companies, with RIL leading the pack

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China, US firms top Forbes Global 2000
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Reliance Industries KG-D6 facility located in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh

The Forbes Global 2000, an annual list of the world’s biggest public companies, is out, with India contributing 56 names to it. The list is topped by US (579 companies), followed by China (232 companies) and Japan (218 companies). The United Kingdom retained its fourth place with 94 companies. France had to vacate its slot among the top five countries, making way for South Korea. Argentina and Cyprus made their debut on the list.

Companies from the US and China share the first 10 slots among themselves for the second year in a row. The list has provided many firsts for China: Not only do four of China’s biggest banks occupy the first four slots on the list, the country added the maximum number of names to it. China also ranks higher than Japan for the first time.

Back home, Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Industries (RIL) was the leader among Indian companies, though it slid to No. 142 on the list from last year’s 135. Its market value is $42.9 billion, with sales of $71.7 billion (as of May, 2015). RIL is closely followed by State Bank of India (rank 152), with a market value of $33 billion.

Other Indian companies on the list include Oil and Natural Gas Company (183), Tata Motors (263), ICICI Bank (283), Indian Oil Company (349), HDFC Bank (376), NTPC (431), Tata Consultancy Services (485), Bharti Airtel (506), Axis Bank (558), Infosys (672), Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (757), Wipro (811), Tata Steel (903) and Adani Enterprises (944).

The list has 200 new companies, including Expedia and luxury jewellery retailer Tiffany, with the global IPO market adding 20 newcomers such as Alibaba.

The most notable gainer on the list is Facebook, which jumped 200 spots thanks to rising revenue and profits. Other big gainers include American Airlines, Starbucks and Monster Beverage. On the other hand, Brazil’s oil giant Petrobras lost 400 spots because of accounting and corruption scandals. Other big losers include Liberty Media, Mattel, eBay and Family Dollar.

In terms of industries, banks and diversified financial companies continued to top the list, occupying 434 spots. They are followed by the oil and gas sector (136 spots) and the construction sector (121 spots).

This year’s list covers 61 countries with a combined revenue of $39 trillion, profits of $3 trillion, assets worth $162 trillion, and market value of $48 trillion.

For the full list, visit www.forbes.com/global2000

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