Fortune Global 500: Before COVID-19
Updated: May 3
Impact of COVID-19 has been world-wide. It would be interesting to see the next edition of Fortune Global 500 which is expected to be published soon. Let's check out the current standings before the revised lists are out.
The first patient of COVID-19 was found in the late December 2019, in Wuhan, China. As of now, almost 3.5 million cases of corona virus have been detected worldwide and nearly 250,000 have lost their lives. Most of the economies in the world are shut or are operating at limited capacities. Global Fortune 500 companies' total revenues during the year ending March 2019 was USD 32.6 trillion and these companies employ about 70 million people across the world. These companies represent more than 40% of the global GDP.
Number of Fortune Global 500 by countries
In addition, one each from Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Indonesia, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey and U.A.E. are also in the list.
Number of Fortune Global 500 by sectors
Others include Chemicals, Apparel, Business Services, Household Products and Media.
Energy, Financials and Motor Vehicles & Parts are the top three sectors which employ the maximum number of people and generate maximum revenues among Global Fortune 500. In terms of revenue generated per employee, Wholesalers, Energy and Chemicals sector are in the top three.
Sector-wise revenue per employee, in USD thousands
Average revenue per employee for the Global Fortune 500 companies was USD 468,991.
Sector-wise top two companies
Aerospace and Defense (Company, Country, Revenues, Number of Employees)
Boeing, USA, $101,127 million, 153,000
Airbus, Netherlands, $75,185 million, 133,671
Christian Dior, France, $55,263 million, 141,914
Nike, USA, $36,397 million, 73,100
Compass Group, Britain, $30,879 million, 595,841
Adecco Group, Switzerland, $28,167 million, 34,000
DuPont, USA, $85,977 million, 98,000
BASF, Germany, $78,799 million, 122,404
Sinopec Group, China, $414,650 million, 619,151
Royal Dutch Shell, Netherlands, $396,556 million, 81,000
Engineering & Construction
China State Construction Engineering, China, $181,525 million, 302,827
China Railway Engineering Group, China, $112,133 million, 307,992
Berkshire Hathaway, USA, $247,837 million, 389,000
EXOR Group, Italy, $175,010 million, 314,790
Food & Drug Stores
Walgreens Boots Alliance, USA, $131,537 million, 299,000
Kroger, USA, $121,162 million, 453,000
Food, Beverage & Tobacco
Nestlé, Switzerland, $93,513 million, 308,000
PepsiCo, USA, $64,661 million, 267,000
United Health Group, USA, $226,247 million, 300,000
McKesson, USA, $214,319 million, 70,000
Procter & Gamble, USA, $66,832 million, 92,000
Unilever, Britain/Netherlands, $60,167 million, 154,848
General Electric, USA, $120,268 million, 283,000
Siemens, Germany, $98,802 million, 379,000
China Minmetals, China, $80,076 million, 199,442
Amer International Group, China, $76,363 million, 16,901
Walt Disney, USA, $59,434 million, 201,000
Financière de l'Odet, France, $27,173 million, 81,003
Motor Vehicles & Parts
Volkswagen, Germany, $278,342 million, 664,496
Toyota Motor, Japan, $272,612 million, 370,870
Walmart, USA, $514,405 million, 2,200,000
Amazon.com, USA, $232,887 million, 647,500
Apple, USA, $265,595 million, 132,000
Samsung Electronics, South Korea, $221,579 million, 309,630
AT&T, USA, $170,756 million, 268,220
Verizon Communications, USA, $130,863 million, 144,500
China Post Group, China, $85,628 million, 935,191
Deutsche Post DHL Group, Germany, $52,004 million, 318,528
Trafigura Group, Singapore, $180,744 million, 4,316
Mitsubishi, Japan, $145,243 million, 79,994
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