Taking a break from all the travelling and movies, we are going to talk about money. Following is the list of ten of the most important companies in the world from food to consumer electronics to consultancy, you name it. The companies are ranked based on their net worth and I am sure you have heard of each and every one of these companies. Most of these companies are not very old and considering that they have made it this big is simply amazing. These are some big companies, and they mean serious business. You get a job in one of these and you are golden. How many of you are into business? Let us know in the comments and enjoy the read.
10. GENERAL ELECTRIC
The net worth of GE is $50.32 Billion. General Electric is headquartered in Fairfield, Connecticut, United States. It is an American multinational and is the sixth largest firm in the United States by revenue. It is a public conglomerate and was founded in Schenectady, New York, United States in the year 1892. Jeffrey Immeilt is the Chairman and CEO of General Electric. They are into household appliances, consumer electronics, electronic motors, entertainment, energy, locomotives, wind turbines, weapons and healthcare. They employ around 301,000 people. The founders of the company include Charles Coffin, Edwin Houston, Elihu Thomson and Thomas Edison.
9. CHINA MOBILE
The net worth of China Mobile is $57.33 Billion. It is a state-owned company. They provide mobile services through their telecommunications network. It is the largest telecommunications company if you consider the capitalization aspect of it. They are listed in NYSE. They are the world’s largest mobile phone operators and they have over 655 million subscribers. It was founded in 1997 and they serve China, Hong Kong and Pakistan. It was initially called China Telecom (Hong Kong) Limited although that changed in 1999.
The net worth of McDonald’s is $61.95 Billion. If you are talking about hamburgers, this is the first place that will come to your mind (in most cases) and their famous mascot, Ronald McDonald. They are headquartered in the United States. McDonald’s began in 1940 and they used to be a barbeque restaurant. Well, that changed for good didn’t it? The key founders of this joint include Richard, Maurice and Ray Kroc. They employ around 400,000 employees give or take. They primarily sell cheeseburgers, hamburgers and French fries (oh the French fries).
The net worth of IBM is $63.74 Billion. International Business Machines is now a consulting corporation. They are based in Armonk, New York, United States. They sell computer hardware and software and provide consultancy. IMB was founded in the year 1911. Three companies were merged in the process, Tabulating Machine Company, International Time Recording Company and the Computing Scale Corporation. It was founded by Charles Ranlett Flint on the 16th June.
The net worth of Google is $66.40 Billion. Google Incorporation is a company that does not need any introduction at all. I can bet that any person who uses the internet opens this website at least once in the day. Google was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin. It was founded in the year 1998 on the 4th September. They are even more famous now because of their interest in mobile technologies. I am very sure that you are familiar with their mobile operating system that goes by the name of Android. They are the prime competitor of iOS that is, Apple.
5. Philip Morris
The net worth of Marlboro is $67.52 Billion. Marlboro is the largest brand in the world when it comes to cigarettes. They are made by Philip Morris. The first association that comes to mind when the world ‘Marlboro’ is uttered is the ‘Marlboro Man’. The cigarette was introduced in 1924. The brand was primarily launched for women but it is no longer exclusive. They sponsor many events especially the Formula One.
The net worth of AT&T is $69.92 Billion. This is a telecommunication based company headquartered in Whitacre Tower, Dallas, Texas in United States. It is the first largest provider of mobile telephony. They also provide broadband services. It was the seventh largest company in the United States in 2010 considering the total revenues. It was founded on 5th October in 1983 with Randall Stephenson as its Chairman, President and CEO. The company started as Southwestern Bell Corporation. Later they acquired AT&T and took on their name.
The net worth of Microsoft is $70.75 Billion. Microsoft is an American multinational corporation and their headquarters are based in Redmond, Washington. This company does not need any introduction as you are probably using several of their products right now. The founders of this company are Bill Gates and Paul Allen. Microsoft Corporation was established on the 4th April in 1975. They are most famous for their Operating Systems and Word Processor that is, Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office respectively.
2. COCA COLA
The net worth of Coca-Cola is $75.9 Billion. They are best known for their product Coca-Cola or Coke. The company is based in Atlanta, Georgia. The company was started by John Pemberton but it was bought by Asa Griggs Candler and he led the company to where it stands today. It was introduced in 1886. Coca-Cola has many other variants such as, Diet Coke, Coca-Cola Cherry, Coca-Cola Zero etc. This particular drink can be found anywhere in the world, literally and is by far probably the famous beverage of all time.
The net worth of Apple is $153.29 Billion. I am sure you don’t need any introduction to this particular company. They took over the world starting 2007. It is an American multinational corporation and they are in the consumer electronics industry. They are now best known for the ‘i’ products such as, iPhone, iPod and iPad. Considering the market capitalization, this is the largest publicly traded company in the world. The company was established on the 1st April, 1976. If you think they started off as an April Fool’s joke, think again. Who’s laughing now?