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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

Apparel

  • Christian Dior, France, $55,263 million, 141,914

  • Nike, USA, $36,397 million, 73,100

Business Services

  • Compass Group, Britain, $30,879 million, 595,841

  • Adecco Group, Switzerland, $28,167 million, 34,000

Chemicals

  • DuPont, USA, $85,977 million, 98,000

  • BASF, Germany, $78,799 million, 122,404

Energy

  • 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

Financials

  • 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

Healthcare

  • United Health Group, USA, $226,247 million, 300,000

  • McKesson, USA, $214,319 million, 70,000

Household Products

  • Procter & Gamble, USA, $66,832 million, 92,000

  • Unilever, Britain/Netherlands, $60,167 million, 154,848

Industrials

  • General Electric, USA, $120,268 million, 283,000

  • Siemens, Germany, $98,802 million, 379,000

Materials

  • China Minmetals, China, $80,076 million, 199,442

  • Amer International Group, China, $76,363 million, 16,901

Media

  • 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

Retailing

  • Walmart, USA, $514,405 million, 2,200,000

  • Amazon.com, USA, $232,887 million, 647,500

Technology

  • Apple, USA, $265,595 million, 132,000

  • Samsung Electronics, South Korea, $221,579 million, 309,630

Telecommunication

  • AT&T, USA, $170,756 million, 268,220

  • Verizon Communications, USA, $130,863 million, 144,500

Transportation

  • China Post Group, China, $85,628 million, 935,191

  • Deutsche Post DHL Group, Germany, $52,004 million, 318,528

Wholesalers

  • Trafigura Group, Singapore, $180,744 million, 4,316

  • Mitsubishi, Japan, $145,243 million, 79,994


For more details, check out Fortune Global 500.


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