Corporations among largest global economic entities, rank above many countries
Corporations make up 63% of 150 largest global economic enterprises
July 18, 2005
Of the world’s largest 150 economic entities, 95 are corporations (63.3%) according to data released this month by Fortune Magazine and the World Bank. Wal-Mart, BP, Exxon Mobil, and Royal Dutch/Shell Group all rank in the 25 largest entities in the world, above countries that include Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Norway, Denmark, Poland, South Africa, and Greece.
Wal-Mart, with revenue of $287,989,000,000 ($287.99 billion) for its last fiscal year, is the largest corporation on the planet and ranks number 22 on the list. The United States is the world’s largest economy with a total 2004 economic output (GDP) of $11,667,515,000,000 ($11.67 trillion) according to the World Bank.
The table below includes the largest economic entities on Earth as measured by GDP [Source: World Development Indicators database, World Bank, 15 July 2005] and Total Revenue [Source: July 25, 2005 Issue of Fortune Magazine]. Figures tabulated by Rhett A. Butler of mongabay.com.
The world’s largest corporations by revenue and the world’s largest countries by GDP.