Published by Forbes magazine since 2003, the Forbes Global 2000 is an annual ranking of the world’s top 2000 public companies. Forbes ranks the companies according to four basic metrics: profit, sales, assets, and market value.
  • The world's 2000 biggest public companies account for $201 trillion in total assets, $42 trillion in revenues, $3 trillion in profits, and $54 trillion in market value, according to the 2020 list.
  • The world's largest company by market value in 2020 is Saudi Aramco, the Saudi Arabian national oil company ($1.68 trillion), followed by Microsoft ($1.35 trillion), which have overtaken Apple ($1.2 trillion) after its multi-year lead.
  • China’s two biggest banks occupied the top two places again for all banks globally. ICBC tops the ranking for the fifth consecutive year. The Agricultural Bank of China moved to 5th place, knocked down by Berkshire Hathaway—a conglomerate owned by Warren Buffet—which moved into 3rd place, and by JPMorgan Chase, which now holds the 4th position.

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