Leading banks globally 2018, by assets

In 2018, the five largest banks in the world were Chinese banks, when measured by total assets. The largest was the Industrial & Commerce Bank of China Limited, with 4.03 trillion U.S. dollars in total assets. BNP Paribas, from France, was the largest European bank, and the largest bank in North America was JP Morgan Chase.

Why does size matter?

Banks make money primarily through interest on lending. Large banks have more branches all over the country and can offer loans to a larger number of customers. Big banks generally offer more stability as they are subject to governmental scrutiny. Financial indicators such as tier one ratio, which help to manage risk, are closely monitored by financial authorities.

Other relevant measures

The value of assets that a bank manages can give an idea of its operational size, but there are other metrics one can employ to measure different aspects. The market capitalization of a bank is its stock price times the number of outstanding shares. This shows its value according to financial markets because the market cap rises and falls with the stock price, reflecting investor sentiment. Similarly, market share in a particular country gives the scope of a bank’s operations in relation to its competitors. bank

Largest banks worldwide as of December 2018, by total assets

Total assets in billion U.S. dollars
Exclusive Premium statistic

You need a Premium Account for unlimited access.

  • Full access to 1m statistics

  • Incl. source references

  • Available to download in PNG, PDF, XLS format

Premium Account

only $59 / month *
*Duration: 12 months, billed annually, single license

Access to this and all other statistics on 80,000 topics from

$708 / Year

Show detailed source information?
Register for free
Already a member?
Log in

Release date

August 2019



Survey time period


Supplementary notes

Figures have been rounded.

Statista Accounts: Access All Statistics. Starting from $708 / Year
Basic Account
Get to know the platform

You only have access to basic statistics.
This statistic is not included in your account!

Premium Account
Your perfect start with Statista
  • Instant access to 1m statistics
  • Download in XLS, PDF & PNG format
  • Detailed references

$59 / Month *

Corporate Account
Full access

Corporate solution including all features.

* All products require an annual contract.
   Prices do not include sales tax.

Statistics on "Bank of America"

Statista Accounts: Access All Statistics. Starting from $708 / Year
Learn more about how Statista can support your business.