World's Most Valuable Companies

Can you name world's largest companies based on stock market valuation
Market capitalization as of 3 November 2021 according to the Yahoo Finance
Not counting state-owned enterprises
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Last updated: November 4, 2021
First submittedJuly 25, 2017
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Based in ...
Sector
Company
2490
Washington
Tech
Microsoft
2467
California
Tech
Apple
1927
California
Tech
Google
1686
Washington
Tech
Amazon
1183
California
Auto
Tesla
913
California
Tech
Facebook
658
California
Tech
NVIDIA
648
Nebraska
Conglomerate
Berkshire Hathaway
590
China
Tech
Tencent
588
Taiwan
Tech
Taiwan Semiconductor
502
New York
Banking
JPMorgan Chase
457
China
Retail
Alibaba
453
California
Payments
Visa
430
New Jersey
Consumer
Johnson & Johnson
427
Minnesota
Health
UnitedHealth Group
Bil $
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Sector
Company
416
Arkansas
Retail
Wal-Mart
401
France
Fashion
Louis Vuitton
400
South Korea
Tech
Samsung
393
North Carolina
Banking
Bank of America
387
Georgia
Retail
Home Depot
370
Switzerland
Food
Nestle
354
Switzerland
Pharma
Roche
345
Netherlands
Tech
ASML
348
Ohio
Consumer
Procter & Gamble
326
New York
Payments
Mastercard
310
California
Tech
Adobe
308
California
Entertainment
Walt Disney
303
California
Entertainment
Netflix
294
California
Tech
Salesforce
271
Texas
Oil
ExxonMobil
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Level 91
Jul 25, 2017
JetPunk must be 27th
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Level 70
Jul 27, 2017
RD Shell is Anglo-Dutch.
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Level 70
Jan 19, 2020
It's still anglo dutch. HQ is in the Hague but it is incorporated in England and Wales. It also has a daul listing on UK and Dutch stock exchanges.
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Level 62
Jul 30, 2017
19/26 it's in USA. Lol. USA is not center of the world !!!
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Level 54
Jul 30, 2017
no.... apparently it's the center of the world's most valuable companies, though.
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Level 65
Jul 30, 2017
Remember its the world's third largest country by population, and largest fully developed country by quite a margin (Japan and being about a third the population and Germany a little over a 4th). A lot of China's industry is state owned, or i'd expect to see far more than two companies on this list. By 2067 though, i'd expect perhaps more China as the People's Republic develops and shifts towards a more market based economy and certainly more India.
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Level 83
Jul 30, 2017
It's funny how completely beaten down the rest of the world's self-esteem has been the last 70 years that this is the best they can come up with for a brag. "The entire rest of the world accounts for 20% of the value of this list! Suck it USA!!"
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Level 33
Aug 5, 2018
nope, the center of the world is in the core. on a map, it's in the middle of the Atlantic ocean, right off the coast of Africa. it's where the equator and prime meridian meet. (equatorial guinea is very close to this.)
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Level 48
Nov 13, 2021
What a bullshit comment.

The earth is round, there is no center.

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Level 87
Aug 16, 2018
Was that a deliberate compliment or a horrendously failed "insult"?
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Level 51
Oct 26, 2018
well, switzerland has 3 on the list which is roughly 100 times per capita ;-)
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Level 55
Nov 13, 2021
this quiz is literally about data, they had no choice
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Level 61
Nov 17, 2021
Market value doesn't mean anything other than hype.
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Level 83
Jul 30, 2017
"Not counting state-owned entities" ... okay so that's why Saudi Aramco is not on here. Far and away #1.
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Level 84
Aug 5, 2018
Still #1, but maybe no longer "far and away," with Apple now at 1 trillion and Saudi Aramco at 1.2 trillion, according to Wikipedia.
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Level 83
Jul 7, 2019
If you include the value of the untapped resources the company controls then it's still far and away. Several trillion dollars in oil still underground.
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Level 71
Nov 3, 2021
Well, Apple controls all the as-yet-untapped iPhones that will be made and sold in the future...
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Level 83
Nov 13, 2021
I'm talking about things that presently exist.
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Level 83
Nov 13, 2021
According to this it's "only" worth a bit over 2 trillion.
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Level 69
Jul 30, 2017
3 companies from our smaaaall Switzerland :)
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Level 83
Jul 31, 2017
Something to yodel about, for sure.
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Level 30
Aug 1, 2017
Sad to see no British companies,we invent everything but can't sell it nearly as well as the Americans 😭
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Level 76
Aug 5, 2018
Shell is regarded as British and Dutch - HQ's in Holland but the RO is in London as is its primary stock listing.
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Level 87
Aug 16, 2018
Haven't really invented anything this century. Nor even the 20th Century. Pretty hard to sell steam trains these days.
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Level 81
Jul 7, 2019
That's not entirely fair, though obviously the glory days are long gone. Problem is that many of the things that are invented by Brits don't get UK investment. The Dyson vacuum cleaner springs to mind. Successful British invention but James Dyson could only get initial investment from Japan. Then when production started in the UK it was using an American company I believe. Movies too (though not "inventions" exactly). Plenty of British properties, like Harry Potter, made into hugely successful films with largely British crew and cast, but the finance generally comes from the US so the profits go there.
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Level 70
Jan 19, 2020
Not invented anything in the 20th century. Tim Berners-Lee invented a wee thing that kinda took off......
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Level 74
Jan 20, 2020
Wait, in Switzerland, a British guy comes up with a web protocol to use the internet developed by the US Dept of Defense decades before. And this is a British invention? Because he was born there? Even if we spot you one, it's a pretty damn short list. Oh, the adapted vacuum cleaner. Clever, that. Still you guys call it Hoovering...
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Level 71
Nov 13, 2021
Are we all just forgetting about the television?
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Level 83
Nov 13, 2021
the television was made possible by several different inventions pioneered by several different inventors, most prominently 2 Americans, 1 Scotsman, and 1 Japanese guy.

The Internet was without question or legitimate controversy invented in the United States by Americans. Many decades later, after spreading to the entire world and after many hundreds of other innovations, some people in Switzerland invented hypertext links and a couple of other things that helped contribute to the commercialization of the thing that already existed and was in wide use. And there was a British guy working on the project. If Berners-Lee invented the Internet then Ray Kroc invented hamburgers. And if the nationality of one guy on staff confers credit for an invention to the country that guy is from, then... I guess Germany invented manned spaceflight? Actually, I have heard someone on this site make that claim before.

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Level 83
Nov 13, 2021
A useful clue when trying to figure out where something was invented: look at which territories don't require special identification or adaptation when adopting the technology or system.

For example, postage stamps from the UK are the only postage stamps in the world that don't list what country they are from on the stamp. Want to take a guess as to which country invented postage stamps?

Commercial websites in the UK always used to end in .co.uk. Just like in Russia it's .co.ru. In France it's .co.fr. In the US? Is and always has been just .com

Same way if you look at international calling codes. Code for the UK? +44. For Thailand? +66. Japan? +81. Tuvalu? +688. For the US and Canada? +1.

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Level 84
Aug 5, 2018
Wow. Home Depot is way bigger than I thought. Also, though it makes sense now, when I was taking the quiz I could not for the life of me figure out what type of business the "Consumer" sector was.
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Level 83
Aug 6, 2018
Typed Exxon and typed Mobil. Never tried to put them together. Also, would have though retail a better description for Amazon. Though, with Echo/Alexa and the streaming services, maybe tech does suit.
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Level 73
Aug 7, 2018
Exxon alone would have worked. Maybe you typed it with only one x ? I do agree with your comment about retail/tech, though.
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Level 72
Aug 17, 2018
Generally speaking, Amazon is tech first and retail is what they use to make money at the moment. They are one of the top software companies in the world and pay top dollar for engineers to create tech like assistant & AWS. Calling Amazon retail is kind of like calling Google an ad company.
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Level 87
Nov 7, 2021
Amazon is considered tech because of AWS. Web Services is about 10% of Amazons revenues, but more than half of its operating profit. Many thousands (millions maybe) of websites are run off Amazon's servers, including probably this one.
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Level 44
Aug 8, 2018
Johnson and Johnson doesn't work.
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Level ∞
Aug 8, 2018
Yes it does
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Level 77
Aug 12, 2018
Georgia country or Georgia state?
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Level 87
Aug 16, 2018
Take a serious guess.
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Level 88
Jan 10, 2020
Little known fact: Joseph Stalin's first job was stacking lumber in an orange apron.
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Level 87
Nov 7, 2021
Lots of $200B+ companies in Tblisi?
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Level 62
Nov 15, 2021
They're all in South Ossetia. Tax haven from main Georgia...
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Level 80
Aug 17, 2018
So Amazon is now more tech than retail?
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Level 83
Jul 7, 2019
I think it's filed under "tech" because it started as a website.
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Level ∞
Nov 15, 2019
Amazon is all things to all people. But their core strength is tech. Not only does technology enable everything they do, but they make more than 50% of their profit from cloud computing.
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Level 68
Jan 13, 2020
I'm surprised not to see Unilever or Coca-Cola on here.
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Level 89
Jan 16, 2020
Unilever is at about $147Bn and Coca-cola is $244Bn as of today. So yeah, Coke should probably be added, although on the date given, it was around 231-234Bn so probably didn't quite make it based on the quizmaster's data source.
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Level ∞
Jan 23, 2020
You are correct. Coke was not on the list of largest companies when this quiz was last updated.
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Level 68
Jan 23, 2020
Can you please accept TSMC? That's what they're commonly known as.
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Level ∞
Jan 23, 2020
Yes
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Level 54
Nov 1, 2021
Why is is so funny to me that the source is Yahoo Finance
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Level 82
Nov 3, 2021
Mind boggling to me that NVIDIA, which only does graphics hardware, is near the top of the list, and Intel, which makes CPUs, graphics, FPGAs, SSDs, and all sorts of consumer products, doesn't even make the list. In fact, NVIDIA is worth more than 3x Intel's market cap on the strength of a single market segment.
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Level 60
Nov 3, 2021
The high market cap has several reasons:

- Shortage of GPUs

- GPUs are used for crypto mining

- GPUs are massively used in AI, this is still a huge growth market.

- investors are betting on the takeover of ARM by NVIDIA to succeed

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Level 60
Nov 3, 2021
Saudi Aramco ($2003B - Saudi Arabia), Kweichow Moutai ($346B - China) and ASML ($345B - Netherlands) are missing from this list.
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Level 74
Nov 4, 2021
I think you're right about ASML. The other two are excluded from this quiz because they are (mostly) state-owned.
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Level ∞
Nov 4, 2021
Added ASML in place of Nike. The stats might be off for awhile since ASML is not a well-known company.
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Level 82
Nov 15, 2021
I've never heard of them, but I got the answer without noticing. One of the other companies must be a type-in for ASML.
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Level 71
Nov 4, 2021
Louis Vuitton seems insane - 96% the market cap of Walmart???
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Level ∞
Nov 4, 2021
Overpriced handbags are a killer market!
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Level 87
Nov 7, 2021
They own Tiffany, Bulgari, Fendi, Christian Dior, Sephora, Givenchy, TAG Heuer, etc.
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Level 60
Nov 19, 2021
I think by "Louis Vuitton" it is meant the entire LVMH conglomerate, including (among others) Moët champagne, Hennessy cognac, Tiffany's, and a lot more brands in wines & spirits, fashion, jewelry, cosmetics, and retailing.
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Level 74
Nov 4, 2021
Isn't J&J a pharma company?
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Level 87
Nov 7, 2021
Well, their vaccine being in the news nonstop would make it seem so, but they are a conglomerate. Huge revenues for standard consumer products.
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Level 62
Nov 15, 2021
NVIDIA, Home Depot, Adobe or Netflix are bigger than most pharma juggernauts or banks who are known for their vast wealth and influence. Unbelievable.
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Level 57
Dec 19, 2021
Make one for the most valuable companies in history (to feed my Dutch ego).