Largest banks worldwide 2018, by assets

This statistic presents the largest banks in the world in 2018, by assets. The Industrial & Commercial Bank of China was the largest bank in the world, with assets amounting to approximately 4 trillion U.S. dollars in that year.

Additional info: Assets

An asset is an economic resource that can take a number of different forms. An asset is anything with economic value that an individual, organization or country is able to control in the expectation that it will provide future benefit.

Tangible assets include anything that is physical, and can include vehicles, precious metals, currencies and real estate. Intangible assets are things that have no physical substance; this often makes the evaluation of their value difficult. They can include anything from goodwill to trade marks to patents.

Where banking is concerned, assets come from a broad range of areas. Bank’s assets consist of various kinds of loans and marketable securities as well as base money reserves. Their assets are also tied up in physical properties such as buildings, equipment, and furniture. Unsurprisingly the bulk of a bank’s assets are financial claims on the property or the wealth of others.

Largest banks globally in 2018, by assets

Total assets in billion U.S. dollars
Industrial & Commercial Bank of China, China 4,027.44
China Construction Bank Corp, China 3,376.52
Agricultural Bank of China, China 3,287.36
Bank of China, China3,092.21
Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Japan*2,812.88
JPMorgan Chase & Co, US 2,622.53
HSBC Holdings, UK2,558.12
Bank of America, US 2,354.51
BNP Paribas, France**2,336.66
Credit Agricole Group, France 2,123.61
Citigroup Inc, US1,917.38
Japan Post Bank, Japan 1,911.48
Wells Fargo, US1,895.88
Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Japan***1,848.2
Muzuho Financial Group Inc, Japan1,837.8
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Release date

April 2019



Survey time period

December 31, 2018

Supplementary notes

*Financial data adjusted for the pending purchase of Indonesia-based PT Bank Danamon Indonesia Tbk
**Financial data adjusted for the pending purchase of Luxembourg-based ABN AMRO Bank (Luxembourg) SA and its fully owned subsidiary ABNAMRO Life SA, subsidiaries of Netherlands-based ABN AMRO Group NV by BNP Paribas SA
***Financial data adjusted for the completed deal to integrate Minato Bank Ltd and Kansai Urban Banking Corp., subsidiaries of Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc., with Kinki Osaka Bank Ltd., subsidiary of Resona Holdings Inc., to form Kansai Mirai Financial Group Inc.
The source adds the following information: "Data is reported in native currencies and converted to U.S. dollars using end-of-period exchange rates."

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