California's top companies, by revenue 2018

In 2018, Apple was the top publicly traded company in California, based on revenue. That year, they had a revenue of 265.6 billion U.S. dollars. Chevron, Alphabet, Wells Fargo, and Intel rounded out the top five publicly traded companies in California.

Apple


Apple is a multinational company headquartered in California. It was founded in 1976 by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne. Known for their popular iPhones and Mac computers, they have further expanded into other products such as iPods, Apple Watch, Apple TV, Air Pods, and Apple Pay. It is now one of the world’s largest and most valuable companies. Their worldwide revenue has increased dramatically since 2004, with most of their sales since 2012 coming from the Americas. Despite being one of the most successful technology companies, it has faced a lot of criticism from consumers. Some of the criticisms include tax avoidance, sweatshop use, and environmental destruction.

Fortune 500 Companies


In 2019, New York had the highest number of Fortune 500 companies, followed by California, Texas, Illinois, and Ohio. This can be attributed to New York being the financial and cultural hub of the country. Fortune 500 Companies are ranked by Fortune magazine, which ranks the the top 500 companies in the United States based on revenue. Companies on this list are both publicly and privately held. The companies that get listed have changed over the years, due to reasons such as company acquisitions, bankruptcies, and changes in the economy.

Top publicly traded companies in California in 2018, ranked by revenue

Revenue in billion U.S. dollars
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Source

Release date

May 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

2018

Supplementary notes

Data shown are for the fiscal year ended on or before Jan. 31, 2019. Unless otherwise noted, all figures are for the year ended Dec. 31, 2018.
The values were rounded for a better understanding.
Companies shown here have their headquarters in California.

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