Finance experts use different measurements to figure out how much a company is worth. One popular measure is market capitalization, or “market cap” as it is called in the stock market. This article is about the 20 companies with the most money on the listed market around the world.
If you’re new to investing, the market cap is calculated by multiplying the current market price of a company by the number of shares that company has on the market. The numbers below are given in US Dollars.
For the sake of time, here are the top ten wealthiest corporations in the world according to Forbes’ estimates for February 2022:
As of 2022, These Are the 10 Richest Companies in the World
Most of the companies on the list are from the United States, but there are also companies from Saudi Arabia, China, Taiwan, and South Korea.
2.752 Trillion USD: Apple Inc
Electronics and IT make up this industry.
Mobile phones, iPods, PCs, and tablets are the product.
Apple Inc., headquartered in Cupertino, California, is the world’s most valuable company, with a record market capitalization of $ 2.752 trillion. With a projected sales of $275 billion in 2021, Apple will be the most lucrative brand in the world. It was started by three tech geniuses in 1976: Steve Wozniak, Ronald Wayne, and Steve Jobs.
Apple started out in the personal computer market, and when it got into the mobile phone market, it was a huge success and helped the company grow quickly. Apple Inc. started out making laptops and iPhones, but now it makes a wide range of products, such as Smartwatches, iPod tablets, TVs, accessories, and more.
For the first time, a publicly-traded firm in the world is expected to reach a market capitalization of more than $2 trillion by 2020. It now has more than 516 stores around the world and employs close to 147,000 people.
Microsoft – $2,211,000,000,000,000 USD
Consumer electronics, software development, and information technology are all parts of this industry.
The products are Windows, Microsoft Office, Xbox, and a search engine.
Microsoft has a market capitalization of $2.211 trillion, making it the second-largest firm in the world.
Bill Gates and Paul Allen started Microsoft in 1975, and it is now the biggest maker of software for personal computers in the world. Profits from Microsoft’s Windows operating system skyrocketed as a result of its overwhelming popularity.
Microsoft, which is based in Redmond, Washington, made $143 billion in sales and has 166,475 people working for it.
Saudi Aramco – 1.987 Trillion USD
Industry: Making and refining oil and gas.
Crude Oil, Natural Gas, and derivatives of petrochemicals are the products.
The Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco) went public in 2019. It is now the third-largest company in the world, with a market cap of $1.987 Trillion. Aramco, which is owned by the Saudi government, is thought to be the second-largest company in the world. It has 270 billion barrels of crude oil reserves.
Saudi Arabia is one of 13 countries that make up the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). Together, they produce 44 percent of the world’s oil.
Saudi Aramco was started in 1933 in the city of Dahran. It’s initial public offering (IPO) brought in a record $25.6 billion, which is a lot of money for a company to raise. In 2020, the company made $230 billion in sales.
Aramco has branches in China, Japan, Russia, the United Arab Emirates, the United States, Great Britain, and many other places. Around 66,800 people work for Aramco all over the world, and the Saudi Arabian government owns 98.5 percent of the company.
Alphabet – 1.773 Trillion USD
Internet and software services make up this sector.
Mobile Phones, Operating Systems, and Search Engines are some of the products
Founded by Alphabet Inc., an American multinational enterprise, Google LLC is one of its subsidiaries.
Alphabet is the fourth-largest company in the world, with a market capitalization of $1,773 trillion. It was started by Larry Page and Sergey Brin in 1998 when they were both students at Stanford University.
As of 2022, Google Inc., based in California, has a market share of 91.9%, making it the clear leader in the search engine market around the world. Alphabet made $182.5 billion in sales in 2021 and has close to 135,000 employees all over the world.
Amazon – 1.56 Trillion USD
Retail, e-commerce, and artificial intelligence are all part of this industry.
Software, Kindle, FireTV, and Echo are all products.
With a market cap of $1.56 Trillion, Amazon.com, Inc., an American multinational tech company, is the fifth-largest in the world. In 1994, Jeff Bezos, who is now the richest person in the world, started Amazon in his garage.
Amazon started out as an online marketplace that sold books. Over time, it grew to sell almost everything needed in today’s world, including video games, clothing, furniture, shoes, computers, and consumer electronics.
In 2021, Amazon made the most money it ever had, which was $469 billion. This made it the most profitable Internet company in the world. It has a record 1,608,000 workers around the world.
Tesla – 872.9 Billion USD
Industry: Cars and Energy
Cars, trucks, solar roofs, batteries, and other things are sold.
Tesla is an American company that makes cars and energy. It is also the biggest maker of electric cars in the world. The value of the company on the stock market is 872.9 billion dollars.
The company also makes green energy sources like solar panels, solar roof tiles, and batteries. ZETA (Zero Emission Transport Association) is a group made up of Tesla and 27 other companies. Their goal is to switch all internal combustion engine cars to electric cars by 2020.
Palo-Alto-based Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning started Tesla Inc. in 2003. Elon Musk, the company’s current CEO, is the face of the company and has a 22 percent stake in Tesla. In 2009, Tesla made its first car, which was called the Roadster. Tesla has 70,700 workers and 598 stores in different places around the world.
Berkshire Hathaway: 713.46 Billion US Dollars
Insurance, finances, media, rail transport, food, and non-food products are all part of this industry.
Property and casualty insurance, as well as Diversified Investments, are products.
Berkshire Hathaway is an American holding company that is part of a large group of companies. It is based in the US. When it was founded 182 years ago, in 1839, Berkshire Hathaway was at first a company that made textiles.
Warren Buffett, a famous investor, is the chairman and CEO of the company. He is also known as “The Oracle of Omaha” for the way he thinks about investments.
As of 2021, Berkshire Hathaway had a market capitalization of $713.46 billion and made $346.04 billion in sales. There are 360,000 people working for the company. The price per share of the company’s stock is north of $400,000, making it the most expensive stock in the world.
Meta Platforms: 627.69 Billion USD (Facebook)
Internet is a type of:
The Facebook website and Messenger are services.
With a market cap of $627.69 billion, Meta Platforms Inc., which is based in California and is Facebook’s parent company, is the eighth largest company in the world. It is the most used social networking site in the world.
Facebook was started by Mark Zuckerberg in 2004. In the past few years, it has bought many social media companies, such as Instagram, WhatsApp, and Oculus.
Facebook, which most people know as “FB,” made its most money ever in 2021, when it sold $117.92 billion. It has 71,970 employees all over the world. As of 2021, about 2.91 billion people use Facebook every month.
Taiwan Semiconductor: 627.55 Billion Us Dollars
Semiconductors is an industry.
Services: Making integrated circuits and services related to them
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Limited (TSMC) is a multinational company that makes semiconductors and is based in Taiwan.
It is the biggest company in Taiwan and is in Hsinchu Science Park. The market capitalization of TSMC, the most valuable semiconductor company in the world, is $627.55 billion.
Morris Chang started TSMC in 1987, and it is now owned by investors from outside of China. In 2021, the company made sales of $51.44 billion and had 56,800 employees around the world.
NVIDIA – 596.8 Billion USD
Semiconductors, artificial intelligence, and video games make up an industry.
Products: CPU and GPU
Nvidia is an American company with headquarters in California. It makes graphics processing units (GPUs) and application programming interfaces (APIs) and makes $16.68 billion in sales. Nvidia was started in 1993, and as of 2020, it had 18,100 employees.