This present statistic portrays the top 100 companies in the world by their market value on as of March 31, 2015. Google was ranked 4th with a market value of around 345.85 billion U.S. dollars. Follow this link to get access to the top 500 companies from all industries list.
The world's largest companies
The Financial Times tracks the leading companies in the world and presents their data in an annual ranking. In the latest issue of fiscal year 2014, Apple, the American multinational corporation headquartered in Cupertino, California, designs, develops and sells consumer electronics, such as computer and media player, was the leading company in terms of market value. Their market value was valued at 47.8 billion U.S. dollars.
The most profitable company in 2014 was the Industrial & Commercial Bank of China with a net income of 43.4 billion U.S. dollars. It is one of China's 'Big Four' state-owned commercial banks (the other three being the Bank of China, Agricultural Bank of China, and China Construction Bank) and was founded as a limited company on January 1, 1984. In 2013 the ICBC ranked first as the world's biggest bank.
Although Novartis is one of the global leaders in pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, it is estimated that their global market share of prescription drugs will decline between 2013 and 2020. In 2013, Novartis market share of prescription drugs stood at 6.4 percent and will decline to 5.3 percent in 2020.
Nike on the other hand is a company with a very positive market share development forecast. Nike’s global market share is estimated to increase from 17 percent in 2011 to 27.2 percent in 2020. Nike is headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, United States and is the world’s largest manufacturer of athletic shoes, apparel and sports equipment.