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The Fortune Global 500 is a ranking of the top 500 corporations worldwide as measured by revenue. The list is compiled and published annually by Fortune magazine.

Until 1989 it listed only non-US industrial corporations under the title "International 500", while the Fortune 500 contained and still contains exclusively US corporations. In 1990, US companies were added to compile a truly global list of top industrial corporations as ranked by sales. In 2005, more than 450 of them were headquartered in Europe (195), the United States (176), and Japan (80).[1]

Since 1995, the list has had its current form, listing also top financial corporations and service providers by revenue.


2009 list

This is the top 10 as published in July 2009. It is based on the companies' fiscal year ended on or before 31 March 2009.[2]

Company Country Field
Royal Dutch Shell  Netherlands Oil
ExxonMobil Corporation  United States Oil
Wal Mart  United States Retail
BP  United Kingdom Oil
Chevron Corporation  United States Oil
Total S.A.  France Oil
ConocoPhillips  United States Oil
ING Group  Netherlands Banking
Sinopec  China Oil
Toyota Motor  Japan Automobiles

While Fortune lists Shell as a Dutch company, the company itself asserts that it is both Dutch and British.[3]

General Motors, which was in last year's top ten, dropped to #18. Sinopec moved into the top ten; it was #16 in 2008.[4]

The top ten includes seven oil companies, one automobile manufacturer, one retailer, and one banking corporation.


2009 breakdown by country

This is a ranking of the top 10 countries with the most Global 500 companies.[5]

Rank Country Companies
1  United States 140
2  Japan 68
3  France 40
4  Germany 39
5  China 37
6  United Kingdom 26
7  Switzerland 15
8  Canada 14
8  South Korea 14
10  Netherlands 12
10  Spain 12

The European Union countries have 163 Fortune Global 500 companies.

2009 breakdown by city

This is a breakdown by cities proper (not metropolitan areas) as determined by Fortune.[6] The top 10 cities with the most Global 500 companies are listed.

Rank City Country Number of Global 500
Global 500
revenues ($ millions)
1 Tokyo  Japan 51 2,237,560
2 Paris  France 27 1,399,172
3 Beijing  China 26 1,361,407
4 New York  United States 18 869,150
5 London  United Kingdom 15 994,772
6 Seoul  South Korea 11 519,351
7 Madrid  Spain 9 434,393
8 Toronto  Canada 7 195,510
8 Zürich  Switzerland 7 242,595
8 Osaka  Japan 7 291,492
8 Moscow  Russia 7 380,530
8 Munich  Germany 7 485,386


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