KPMG Statistics & Facts

Published by E. Mazareanu, Jan 3, 2019
KPMG is a multinational accounting and auditing firm, providing three main business services - audit, advisory and tax services. The name KPMG represents the four principle founding members of the company and their respective member firms - Piet Klynveld, William Barclay Peat, James Marwick and Reinhard Goerdeler. The present day company KPMG was fully established in 1987 with the merging of Peat Marwik International and KMG (Klynveld Main Goerdeler). Currently headquartered in Amstelveen in the Netherlands, KPMG now operates in 155 countries and employs over 207,000 people throughout the world.

KPMG is one of the four largest audit and accounting firms in the world along with Deloitte, EY and PwC. These firms are known collectively as the ‘Big Four’ and had combined worldwide revenue of over 148 billion U.S. dollars in 2018. In terms of revenue KPMG was the smallest of these firms in 2018, generating around 14.2 billion U.S. dollars less than the largest, Deloitte, during that year.

The revenue of KPMG grown unevenly over the past 12 years by around nine billion U.S. dollars. The company consistently generates its highest revenues in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region, grossing just under 13 billion dollars there in 2018. KPMG also has operations in the Americas and Asia-Pacific. These two regions combined account for well over half of the company’s total annual revenue.

As with revenue, EMEA is also the region with the most KPMG employees. In 2018, over half of the total number of KPMG employees worked in the EMEA region, followed by the Americas then Asia-Pacific. The total number of staff reached over 207,000 in 2018. Overall, KPMG had the fewest employees of the Big Four firms firms in 2018. Deloitte had the most staff in that year with over 286,000 employees, approximately 79,000 more than KPMG.

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