"Fortune 500": 2014 list of world's biggest 500 companies

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The oil giant Royal Dutch Shell has been dislodged from the pole position by the retail major Wal-Mart as the world’s biggest company in terms of revenue generation. The annual global report published by Fortune also accomodate a small contingent of Indian companies led by Indian Oil Corporation (96th) in the top 500 list.

Top 5 companies

  • Wal-Mart: $476.3 billion 
  • Royal Dutch Shell: $459.6
  • Sinopec Group (China)
  • China National Petroleum 
  • ExxonMobil (US)

India and the BRIC

Mukesh Ambani led Reliance Industries is the 2nd Indian company in the coveted list placed at 114th position overall. The other Indians present are:

  • Bharat Petroleum: 242 
  • Hindustan Petroleum: 284
  • Tata Motors: 287
  • State Bank of India: 303
  • ONGC: 424
  • Tata Steel: 486

Barring Reliance and Tata all the other 5 companies belong to public sector.


  • The rise of China is evident in its growing presence in the list that now includes 95 companies in top 500 - four times as much all other BRIC members combined (its 23). 
  • They have 15 companies in the top 100 alone with 3 in top 10.
  • Sinopec: 3rd
  • China National Petroleum: 4th 
  • State Grid: 7th
  • Brazil, Russia and India have seven, eight and eight presence respectively. 

Key Points

  • Wal-Mart Stores with staggering earning of $476.3 billion in revenues for 2013 has pushed the defending numero-uno Royal Dutch Shell to 2nd spot who had $459.6 billion to show for last year.

Sector wise performance

  • Banking sector has an overwhelming representation with 55 firms, followed by petroleum refining with 40 and 33 belonging to automobile industry.

Country-wise ranking

  • US still leads the country-wise pack with 128 firms followed by China's 95 and 57 representations from neighbouring Japan.

Women's Power

  • The number of female chief executives has risen to a record 17. 
  • Mary Barra, the first woman chief executive of General Motors, leads the race which also feature Nishi Vasudeva ( Hindustan Petroleum) and Arundhati Bhattacharya ( State Bank of India). 
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