World's Biggest Public Companies

JPMorgan Chase is the largest public company in the world for the second year running, according to Forbes (2011). In 2009, JPMorgan Chase was rated No. 16. The Forbes Global 2,000 are public companies with the top composite scores, based on their rankings for sales, profits, assets and market value. The market value calculation is as of March 11 closing prices, including all common shares outstanding. For companies in the U.S., Canada and off-shore, Forbes used the latest-12-months' financial data. For the international companies they used the latest-fiscal-year financial data.

HSBC Holdings is the second biggest public company in the world, followed by General Electric in third position and ExxonMobil in fourth position globally.

HSBC Holdings is a public limited company incorporated in England and Wales. Headquartered in London, the HSBC group operates in different regions including: Europe; Hong Kong; the rest of Asia Pacific; including the Middle East and Africa; North America; and South America.

General Electric (GE) is a common stock traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol GE. It is one of the largest manufacturers of major appliances in the world. In 2009, Fortune ranked GE among its list of the world's top companies for leaders.

ExxonMobil is the world's largest publicly traded international oil and gas company. It is also the world's largest refiner and marketer of petroleum products, and its chemical company ranks among the world's largest.

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