Leading Chinese internet companies on the Fortune China 500 ranking 2019

According to the Fortune China 500 ranking in 2019, which was based on total revenues in 2018, the e-commerce giant Alibaba Group was the leading Chinese internet enterprise with an annual revenue of 345 billion yuan. Over the past few years, the Chinese online industry was dominated by three domestic tech giants, collectively known as BATs - Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent. Due to censorship regulations, global internet leaders are blocked in China.

Baidu: AI is the future

Baidu was one of the pioneers in the Chinese search engine market back in the early 2000s. In fact, Baidu generated over half of its revenue from its online marketing services. As well as the searching business, the enterprise expanded to the online video and online travel arena by investing in iQiyi and Ctrip. In recent years, Baidu has been developing artificial intelligence (AI) technology, such as voice assistant, smart home, and autonomous driving.

Alibaba: the architect of shopping spree

On November 11, 2009, Alibaba launched its first Singles Day shopping event, offering big discounts on countless products on its platforms. Since then, the shopping festival has turned into a multibillion-dollar, annual celebration. Although e-commerce remains the backbone of the conglomerate, it has diversified its business in cloud computing and digital entertainment, such as acquiring the Chinese popular video-sharing site Youku Tudou.

Tencent: the fortress with diversities

Within China, Tencent’s products have experienced immense popularity with the likes of instant messengers WeChat and QQ, social networking service Qzone, and mobile game Honor of Kings. In comparison with its social network counterparts, Tencent adopts a different business approach - increasing customer reach before app monetization. Instead of depending on advertising income, the enterprise focused more on value-added services, such as smartphone and PC-based gaming, digital content, and membership subscriptions. Online advertising accounted for less than one-fifth of Tencent’s annual revenue.

Leading Chinese internet companies on the Fortune China 500 ranking in 2019, based on revenue

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July 2019



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Supplementary notes

Figures refer to annual revenues in 2018.

Note: 1 yuan is equal to approximately 0.14 U.S. dollars and 0.13 euros (as of October 2019).

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