World’s largest companies 2015

Apple might have the largest market cap of any listed company, but that doesn’t mean it’s the most valuable business. Here are the top 20 entrants of Forbes’ annual Global 2000 ranking of the biggest, most powerful and most valuable companies in the world.

The world’s four most valuable companies are for the first time all based in China, according to Forbes’ annual Global 2000 ranking – and they are all banks. The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, the first Chinese bank to be awarded a UK branch licence, heads the table. It has a chart-topping $3.3 trillion in assets, as well as a market value of 4278.3bn, sales of $166.8bn and profits of $44.8bn, making it the second most profitable company in the group, behind Vodafone.

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