And the winners are...
Wal-Mart knocks Royal Dutch Shell out of the top slot to rule the Fortune Global 500. See the full list of the world’s largest corporations, including detailed company profiles and contact information. More
  1. Wal-Mart Stores
  2. Royal Dutch Shell
  3. Exxon Mobil
  4. BP
  5. Toyota Motor
  1. Japan Post Holdings
  2. Sinopec
  3. State Grid
  4. AXA
  5. China National Petroleum

Most Profitable Oil companies are the biggest money makers on this year’s Global 500, including besieged BP. Rounding out the top 10 earners are U.S. giants Microsoft and, of course, Wal-Mart. More
Global 500 companies by country The United States lays claim to the most global giants, followed by Japan, and then China. More
Women CEOs There are currently 12 Fortune Global 500 companies run by women, compared with last year, when there were 13. Archer Daniels Midland chief executive Patricia Woertz leads the pack again this year. More

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Rank # of Global 500 Companies
U.S. 139
Japan 71
China 46
Company 2009 Number of Employees
Wal-Mart Stores 2,100,000
China National Petroleum 1,649,992
State Grid 1,533,800
Company 2009 Profits
($ millions)
Gazprom $24,556
Exxon Mobil $19,280
Industrial & Commercial Bank of China $18,832
FAQ and methodology
All companies on the list must publish financial data and report part or all of their figures to a government agency. In the U.S., private companies and cooperatives... More
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