Combined revenue of the Big Four accounting / audit firms worldwide 2009-2019

The combined global revenue of the Big Four accounting firms reached around 155 billion U.S. dollars in 2019, an increase of four percent on the previous year. The 14 billion U.S. dollar increase between 2017 and 2018 was the largest year-on-year growth in recent times.

Who are the Big Four?

The four biggest accounting firms worldwide – also known as audit firms or professional services networks – are Deloitte, PwC, EY, and KPMG. The Big Four hold a dominant share of the industry, but out of the four it was Deloitte that was ranked the leading accounting firm worldwide in 2019, generating 46.2 billion U.S. dollars in revenue. Deloitte was also ranked the leading accounting firm in the United States in 2018, with revenue figures of around 20 billion U.S. dollars.

A guide to accounting firms

The accountancy profession is part of the tertiary sector of the economy, which focuses solely on providing services to customers; being an accountant requires specialist knowledge and professional experience. There are many different disciplines to the service ranging from simple consultancy to more complex legal issues, but the main focus is to produce detailed financial statements that determine the financial position of a company. Independent firms with strengths in the different branches of accounting have come together under a single brand name – such as Deloitte or PwC – to create professional services networks that can cost-effectively meet the needs of clients.

Combined revenue of the Big Four accounting / audit firms worldwide from 2009 to 2019 (in billion U.S. dollars)*

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Sources

Release date

December 2019

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

2009 to 2019

Supplementary notes

* The Big Four consist of Deloitte, KPMG, EY (Ernst & Young) and PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers).
Figures previous to 2019 came from earlier reports.
Fiscal years: Deloitte ends May 31; PwC and EY end June 30; KPMG ends September 30.

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