[Ranking] World’s largest companies 2015

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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Anbang buys New York’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel $1.9 billion

Anbang Insurance, the Chinese company that made headlines with its $1.95 billion purchase of New York’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel last October, is dipping into the Manhattan market again less than five months later.

America’s most famous hotel will soon be under Chinese ownership as the Hilton Hotel group today announced that it would be selling the Waldorf Astoria to a Chinese insurer for $1.95 billion.

The acquisition by China’s Anbang Insurance Group set a record for the largest acquisition of a U.S. real estate asset by a Chinese buyer, as well as being the most expensive purchase ever of a U.S. hotel. The price paid for the 1,413 room hotel means Anbang committed approximately $1.4 million per room for the art deco landmark.

The deal also heralds the arrival of China’s state-owned insurance companies into the U.S. market, where the country’s private companies are already the leading foreign property buyers.

Waldorf Astoria Buyer Picks Up 2nd NYC Building For Over $400M

Anbang Insurance, the Chinese company that made headlines with its $1.95 billion purchase of New York’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel last October, is dipping into the Manhattan market again less than five months later.

The Beijing-based insurer has agreed to buy an office building on New York’s Fifth avenue for between $400 million and $500 million, according to sources familiar with the deal that spoke with Bloomberg.

The deal appears to have capped off a busy week for the state-controlled company, which was revealed to have picked up nearly $3 billion in overseas assets just during the past few days.

China Buys Another Piece of Prime Manhattan Real Estate

Anbang is buying the 350,000 square foot (35,200 square metre) office building at 717 Fifth Ave from U.S. private equity giant Blackstone. The building is located in a prime area of Manhattan, at the intersection of Fifth Avenue with 56th Street in Midtown’s Plaza District.

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