Forbes Global 2000


Forbes Global 2000

The Forbes Global 2000 is an annual ranking of the top 2000 public companies in the world by "Forbes" magazine. The ranking is based on a mix of four metrics: Sales, Profit, Assets and Market value. The list has been published since 2003.

The Forbes Global 2000 is a useful indicator of which are the leading public companies in the world, but it is only an interpretation, as only public companies are listed. The results are not definitive; any change to the criteria would produce a different list.

Exclusions and inconsistencies

As the list is published early in the calendar year, Forbes has to use out of date information for the many non U.S companies which have year ends early in the calendar year, including Japanese companies, which all have 31 March year ends. No adjustments are made to reflect different accounting practices in different countries, which leads to some major anomalies. For example Vodafone is ranked 377 in the 2005 list due to losses created by huge writedowns of purchased goodwill, but if amortisation of purchased goodwill were not charged against statutory profits in the UK, it would be in the top 20. It should also be noted that wholly state-owned corporations are excluded because no market valuation exists and in some cases accounts are not publicly available either. Some of these state companies would rank highly if they were eligible, for example the national oil companies of some of the OPEC countries.

2008 list

Listed below are the top 20 companies featured on the 2008 list.The complete list is available at http://www.forbes.com/lists/2006/18/06f2000_The-Forbes-2000_Rank.html.

2005 list

The complete list is available at http://www.forbes.com/lists/2005/03/30/05f2000land.html.

2004 list

The complete list is available at http://www.forbes.com/2004/03/24/04f2000land.html.

2003 list

# Citigroup
#flagicon|United States General Electric
#flagicon|United States American International Group
#flagicon|United States ExxonMobil
#flagicon|United States Bank of America
#flagicon|Netherlands Royal Dutch Shell
#flagicon|United Kingdom BP
# Fannie Mae
#flagicon|United Kingdom HSBC Group
# Toyota Motor The complete list is available at http://www.forbes.com/2003/07/02/internationaland.html.

ee also

*Forbes 500
*List of companies by revenue
*List of corporations by market capitalization

External links

* [http://www.forbes.com/forbes2000 The Forbes Global 2000] current list
* [http://www.forbes.com/lists/2005/03/30/05f2000land.html The 2006 list of Global 2000]
* [http://www.forbes.com/lists/2005/03/30/05f2000land.html The 2005 list of Global 2000]
* [http://www.forbes.com/2004/03/24/04f2000land.html The 2004 list of Global 2000]
* [http://www.forbes.com/2003/07/02/internationaland.html The 2003 list of Global 2000]


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