Forbes Top 2000

Sep 12, 2021


Forbes Top 2000 Organizations The Forbes Global 2000 is an annual ranking of the top 2,000 public companies in the world by Forbes magazine. The ranking is based on a mix of four metrics: sales, profit, assets and market value. The list has been published since 2003.

Countries with Most companies

United States 590
China 291
Japan 215
United Kingdom 66
South Korea 62
Hong Kong 59
Canada 56
Germany 54
France 53
India 50
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Individual Company Performance

Highest Sales

Highest Profit

Highest Assets

Highest Market Value

Time Series Analysis

Tracking the Top Company (Analysis)

Top Companies in the US in 2021 (tracing back to 2017)


Top Companies in China in 2021 (tracing back to 2017)


World business leaders faced impossible decisions a year ago. Initiate layoffs, or wait for government money? Pay rent, or meet payroll? Which factories do we mothball first? How do we liquidate all this inventory?

Yet even as airlines and retailers collapsed, oil prices plunged below zero and death counts soared – there were some pandemic bright spots. Pharmas like Pfizer and AstraZeneca have been busy, while Amazon can’t find enough workers. And as we have learned to live ever more of our lives as digital simulacra, it’s still rather shocking that semiconductor giants like TSMC and Nvidia can’t make their chips fast enough.

Since 2003, Forbes’ Global 2000 list has measured the world’s largest public companies in terms of four equally weighted metrics: assets, market value, sales and profits. Last year’s edition offered a glimpse into the early economic implications of the Covid-19 pandemic. Now, we see the results over 12 months of market turmoil and unfathomable human loss.

The results are not all bad. With central banks allowing negative interest rates, investors have determined that there is no alternative to equity investing. Naturally, the total global stock market jumped roughly 48% in the past year. So although sales and profits may be down for the Forbes Global 2000 companies, total assets and market value are up in 2021 compred to last year.