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The World's Biggest Public Companies
The Forbes Global 2000 are public companies with the top composite scores based on their rankings for sales, profits, assets and market value. JPMorgan Chase is in the top spot for the second consecutive year as the world's largest company. Here is a list of the ten biggest public companies in the world.

1. JPMorgan Chase
Market Cap $182.21B

At A Glance
Major Banks
Founded: 1823
Country: United States
CEO: James Dimon
Employees: 239,831
JPMorgan Chase & CoSales: $115.48B

JPMorgan Chase & Co. is a financial holding company. Its principal bank subsidiaries are JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association and Chase Bank USA. Its activities are organised into six business segments: Investment Bank, Retail Financial Services (RFS), Card Services (CS), Commercial Banking (CB), Treasury & Securities Services (TSS) and Asset Management (AM).

2. HSBC Holdings
Market Cap $186.47B

At A Glance
Major Banks
Founded: 1853
Country: United Kingdom
CEO: Stuart Gulliver
Employees: 295,061
HSBCSales: $103.25B

HSBC Holdings is a global banking and financial services company. Through its subsidiaries and associates, HSBC provides a range of banking and related financial services. The products and services of the company include personal financial services, commercial banking, global banking and markets, and private banking. In February 2009, it sold its stake in Modern Asia Environmental Holdings Inc. to Japan's Dowa Eco-system Co.

3. General Electric
Market Cap $216.19B

At A Glance
Industry: Conglomerates
Founded: 1892
General Electric CompanyCountry: United States
CEO: Jeffrey Immelt
Employees: 287,000
Sales: $150.21B

General Electric Company (GE) is a diversified technology, media and financial services company. Its products and services include aircraft engines, power generation, water processing, security technology, medical imaging, business and consumer financing, media content and industrial products. The company serves customers in more than 100 countries.

4. ExxonMobil
Market Cap $407.2B

At A Glance
Oil & Gas Operations
Founded: 1870
Country: United States
Exxon Mobil CorporationCEO: Rex Tillerson
Employees: 83,600
Sales: $341.58B

Exxon Mobil Corporation is a manufacturer and marketer of commodity petrochemicals. It also has interests in electric power generation facilities. Their principal business is energy, involving exploration and production of, crude oil and natural gas, manufacture of petroleum products and transportation and sale of crude oil, natural gas and petroleum products. On December 31, 2009, approximately 7.5 billion oil-equivalent barrels of its reserves were classified as proved undeveloped.

5. Royal Dutch Shell
Market Cap $212.94B

At A Glance
Industry: Oil & Gas Operations
Shell Founded: 1907
Country: Netherlands
CEO: Peter Voser
Employees: 101,000
Sales: $369.06 B

Shell is engaged worldwide in the aspects of the oil and gas industry and also has interests in chemicals and other energy-related businesses. In 2009, it acquired a 40 per cent interest in the Alam El Shawish West, located in the Egyptian western desert.

6. PetroChina
Market Cap $320.81B

At A Glance
PetroChina CompanyIndustry: Oil & Gas Operations
Founded: 1988
Country: China
CEO: Jiping Zhou
Employees: 539,168
Sales: $222.33B

PetroChina Company Limited is an oil and gas producer and seller in the People's Republic of China. The company, along with its subsidiaries, is engaged in a range of petroleum related products, services and activities.

Market Cap $239.49B

At A Glance
Industrial and Commercial BankIndustry: Major Banks
Founded: 1984
Country: China
CEO: Kaisheng Yang
Employees: 389,827
Sales: $69.19B

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited is a commercial bank involved in the provision of financial consulting and charge agency services.

8. Berkshire Hathaway
Market Cap $210.98B

At A Glance
Industry: Investment Services
Berkshire Hathaway IncFounded: 1955
Country: United States
CEO: Warren Buffett
Employees: 260,000
Sales: $136.18B

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is a holding company owning subsidiaries engaged in a number of diverse business activities. The most important of these are insurance businesses conducted on both a primary basis and a reinsurance basis.

9. Petrobras-Petróleo Brasil
Market Cap $238.79B

Petrobras-Petróleo Brasil'sAt A Glance
Industry: Oil & Gas Operations
Founded: 1953
Country: Brazil
CEO: José Sergio Gabrielli de Azevedo
Employees: 80,492
Sales: $121.32B

Petrobras-Petróleo Brasil's principal activities are production, exploration, distribution, import and export of oil, gas, energy and its by-products. In 2008, the company had 109 production units and 5,998 service stations all over Brazil. It operates in 27 countries with 4 continents.

10. Citigroup
Market Cap $132.79B

Citigroup Inc.At A Glance
Major Banks
Founded: 1812
Country: United States
CEO: Vikram Pandit
Employees: 260,000
Sales: $111.46B

Citigroup Inc. is a global diversified financial services holding company which provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a range of financial products and services. As of 2010, the company has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions.

121 Companies From China & 57 From India In The List
Neighbouring countries China and India have 121 and 57 companies in Forbes' Global 2000 respectively. India's Reliance Industries tops the list with State Bank of India Group, Oil & Natural Gas, Indian Oil and ICICI Bank amongst others. China on the other hand has two giant corporations, PetroChina and ICBC in the top ten.

Pakistan's OGDCL & PSO in Forbes Global 2000

#1429 Oil & Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL) Market Cap $7.78B

At A Glance
Oil & Gas Operations
Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL) Country: Pakistan
Chairman: Muhammad Ejaz Chaudhry
CEO: Basharat A. Mirza
Employees: 10,364
Sales: $1.47B

Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL) is engaged in the exploration, production and operations of oil and gas resources, including production and sale of oil and gas and related activities. During 2010, gas/condensate fields at Sheikhan-1 were discovered by OGDCL and 26 new wells were spudded. OGDCL owns 45 development and production and mining leases and is engaged in exploring sedimentary basins including offshore areas of Pakistan. Its projects include UCH-II Project, Qadirpur Compression Project, Dhakni Expansion Project, Sinjhoro Development Project, and Kunnar and Pasahki Deep/TAY Integrated Development Project.

#1995 Pakistan State Oil (PSO) Market Cap $567M

Pakistan State OilAt A Glance
Oil & Gas Operations
Country: Pakistan
Chairman: Sohail Wajahat H. Siddiqui
CEO: Naeem Yahya Mir
Sales: $8.68B

Pakistan State Oil is engaged in the marketing and distribution of various petroleum oil and lubricants products including motor gasoline, high speed diesel, furnace oil, jet fuel, kerosene, liquefied petroleum gas, compressed natural gas, petrochemicals and lubricants. Pakistan State Oil has a distribution network comprising of 3,620 outlets, out of which 3,384 serve retail customers, 53 outlets cater to the agriculture sector and 183 outlets serve its bulk customers.

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