The Forbes Global 2000 is an annual ranking of the biggest public companies around the world. Rankings are based on four metrics, which are compiled to form a total composite score. The metrics used are sales, profits, assets and market value. This year, 60 countries were represented, as opposed to the 51 that had entries in 2004, the first year of publication.

In total, the Forbes Global 2000 companies now account for $30 trillion in revenues, $2.4 trillion in profits, $119 trillion in assets and $39 trillion in market value. Around the world, 72 million people work for these companies.

Here is a list of the top 100 companies on the list:

Rank Company     Sales  ($bil) Profits ($bil) Assets ($bil) Market Value ($bil)
1 HSBC Holdings     146.50 19.13 2,348.98 180.81
2 General Electric     172.74 22.21 795.34 330.93
3 Bank of America     119.19 14.98 1,715.75 176.53
4 JPMorgan Chase     116.35 15.37 1,562.15 136.88
5 ExxonMobil     358.60 40.61 242.08 465.51
6 Royal Dutch Shell     355.78 31.33 266.22 221.09
7 BP     281.03 20.60 236.08 204.94
8 Toyota Motor     203.80 13.99 276.38 175.08
9 ING Group     197.93 12.65 1,932.15 75.78
10 Berkshire Hathaway     118.25 13.21 273.16 216.65
10 Royal Bank of Scotland     108.45 14.62 3,807.51 76.64
12 AT&T     118.93 11.95 275.64 210.22
13 BNP Paribas     116.16 10.71 2,494.41 81.90
14 Allianz     139.12 10.90 1,547.48 80.30
15 Total     199.74 19.24 165.75 181.80
16 Wal-Mart Stores     378.80 12.73 163.38 198.60
17 Chevron     203.97 18.69 148.79 179.97
18 American Intl Group     110.06 6.20 1,060.51 118.20
19 Gazprom     81.76 23.30 201.72 306.79
20 AXA Group     151.70 7.75 1,064.67 70.33
21 Banco Santander     72.26 10.02 1,332.72 113.27
22 ConocoPhillips     171.50 11.89 177.76 129.15
23 Goldman Sachs Group     87.97 11.60 1,119.80 67.16
24 Citigroup     159.23 3.62 2,187.63 123.44
25 Barclays     79.70 8.76 2,432.34 62.43
26 EDF Group     81.60 7.69 271.66 170.81
27 E.ON     94.04 9.86 200.84 126.22
28 ENI     119.27 13.70 128.15 127.38
29 Petrobras-Petróleo Brasil     87.52 11.04 129.98 236.67
30 PetroChina     88.24 18.21 111.70 546.14
31 Procter & Gamble     79.74 11.13 144.40 203.67
32 Deutsche Bank     95.50 7.45 1,485.58 56.27
33 UniCredit Group     63.67 7.19 1,077.21 77.46
34 Telefónica     82.40 13.00 143.13 138.42
35 Mitsubishi UFJ Financial     49.49 7.50 1,591.56 98.14
36 Volkswagen Group     149.00 5.64 210.88 90.23
37 IBM     98.79 10.42 120.43 157.62
38 ArcelorMittal     105.22 10.37 133.65 108.82
38 Daimler     145.11 5.82 199.77 85.16
40 BBVA-Banco Bilbao Vizcaya     54.34 8.94 733.14 78.29
41 Wells Fargo     53.59 8.06 575.44 96.37
42 ICBC     37.48 6.31 961.65 289.57
43 Credit Suisse Group     83.72 7.53 1,194.75 50.85
44 HBOS     100.32 8.10 1,336.17 44.84
45 Crédit Agricole     101.59 6.49 1,662.60 45.73
45 Nestlé     94.76 9.38 99.06 188.11
47 Fortis     121.19 5.46 1,020.98 49.04
48 Verizon Communications     93.47 5.65 186.96 104.27
49 France Telecom     77.31 9.20 137.09 87.89
50 Siemens     103.20 5.42 126.72 118.47
50 Wachovia     55.53 6.31 782.90 60.69
52 Sinopec-China Petroleum     133.79 6.90 77.44 186.38
53 Hewlett-Packard     107.67 7.85 88.57 122.04
54 Lloyds TSB Group     58.74 6.53 701.08 50.95
55 Royal Bank of Canada     43.57 5.77 629.96 64.41
56 Bank of China     31.13 5.49 679.57 171.45
57 Pfizer     48.42 8.14 115.27 152.17
58 Johnson & Johnson     61.10 10.58 80.95 175.51
59 Samsung Electronics     92.26 8.56 87.49 87.84
60 StatoilHydro     89.00 7.52 89.16 98.36
61 Generali Group     102.16 3.17 486.43 60.79
62 CCB-China Construction Bank     29.16 5.93 697.44 126.55
63 Microsoft     57.90 16.96 67.34 253.15
64 Suez Group     64.96 5.37 114.89 83.56
65 Zurich Financial Services     55.05 5.63 387.67 45.76
66 Nippon Telegraph & Tel     91.57 4.06 149.71 60.27
67 Sanofi-aventis     40.95 7.68 104.98 101.17
68 Honda Motor     94.35 5.04 101.82 56.82
69 Nokia     74.54 10.52 52.62 145.66
70 Munich Re     67.57 5.63 306.03 37.34
71 Mizuho Financial     32.52 5.28 1,272.17 48.80
72 Novartis     40.22 12.62 71.89 111.62
73 MetLife     53.01 4.32 558.56 41.32
74 Roche Holding     40.65 8.60 67.72 169.32
75 Morgan Stanley     85.33 2.56 1,045.41 46.53
76 Vale     33.23 10.26 74.70 161.39
77 Rio Tinto     29.70 7.31 100.81 165.48
78 China Mobile     37.06 8.29 62.44 308.59
79 GlaxoSmithKline     45.07 10.35 57.16 120.05
80 BASF     84.60 5.93 67.33 60.96
81 RWE Group     56.17 3.64 119.50 68.19
82 Sumitomo Mitsui Financial     33.04 3.76 850.75 56.10
83 BHP Billiton     39.50 13.42 53.36 190.62
84 Time Warner     46.48 4.39 133.83 55.83
85 Banco Bradesco     36.12 4.11 192.65 59.80
85 KBC Group     35.22 4.66 517.98 43.66
87 Dexia     140.78 3.47 889.98 28.04
88 Altria Group     38.05 9.16 57.21 154.20
89 National Australia Bank     38.88 4.06 499.44 43.95
90 Cisco Systems     37.68 8.07 55.30 145.39
91 Manulife Financial     33.08 4.01 178.58 59.18
92 Bank of Nova Scotia     28.02 4.25 431.30 48.08
93 Intel     38.33 6.98 55.65 115.59
94 Unilever     54.82 5.30 53.40 92.75
95 Toronto-Dominion Bank     26.51 4.20 443.56 48.38
96 Nissan Motor     89.09 3.92 104.20 37.90
97 Lehman Bros Holdings     59.00 4.19 691.06 27.05
98 Carrefour Group     112.40 3.15 75.73 49.95
99 Commonwealth Bank     26.48 3.80 360.42 51.86
100 Boeing     66.39 4.07 58.99 63.32

As of April 2008

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