Global Top 100 companies – 2015 update

In this report we have ranked the Top 100 global companies by market capitalisation and compared how the list has evolved from March 2009 to March 2015. We have identified the risers and the fallers, looked at sector dynamics and presented a view on how the global landscape has changed.

Key findings:

  • US companies are extending their leading position, with over half of the world's Top 100 listed companies coming from America. (China/HK now has the second most companies) with the UK in third place.
  • Apple retains its status as the world's most valuable company ($725bn) increasing its market capitalisation by 54% (+$256bn) compared to last year. The software giant is now almost twice as big as the second largest company (Google $375bn) and almost 10 times larger than the smallest in the Top 100.
  • The entry point for the Top 100 is now $85bn compared with $45bn in 2009, with the average market capitalisation of a Top 100 company now $162bn compared with $84bn in 2009.
  • The Chinese internet giant, Alibaba went straight into the Top 100 with a market cap of $168bn at IPO increasing to $205bn at 31 March 2015.