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Royal Dutch Shell ranks 5th biggest company of the world

The Forbes Global 2000 are the biggest, most powerful listed companies in the world.

Of The World’s 2000 Largest Public Companies there are 27 of Dutch origin. Shell is the biggest Dutch company and ranks fifth.

The Forbes Global 2000 ranks the biggest, most powerful listed companies in the world. These firms have the top composite scores based on their rankings for sales, profits, assets and market value

In total, the Global 2000 companies now account for $32 trillion in revenues, $2.4 trillion in profits, $138 trillion in assets and $38 trillion in market value. These firms also employ 80 million people worldwide.

The biggest company is the U.S. investment bank JPMorgan Chase, although sales were flat in the past year, JPMorgan saw double-digit growth in earnings and market value to help it repeat as the world’s largest company. They also added 16,300 employees over the last 12 months, including more than 9,800 in the U.S.
British bank HSBC ranks at number two and General Electric at number three.

Oil and gas companies are well represented. At four is ExxonMobil followed by Royal Dutch Shell and PetroChina, the first Chinese company in the ranking.

Royal Dutch Shell saw earnings grow for the first time since 2007, up 59% this past year. Its growth across all four metrics only moved them up three spots from a year ago.

Besides oil company Shell, there are 26 Dutch companies in the list. ING and Unilever were ranked 39 at 103. Furthermore Philips, KPN, Ahold and TNT are among the largest companies.