This Chart Shows the World’s 500 Largest Companies

The Global 500, Fortune’s annual list of the largest companies in the world, is ranked by revenue in U.S. dollars. This year’s list is comprised of 500 corporations that are headquartered in 33 countries and represent 56 industries worldwide. In total, the Global 500 generated $27.6 trillion in revenues and $1.5 trillion in profits in 2015.

Below, this categorical scatterplot graphic represents every company on the 2016 list. The U.S. has both the most companies—with 134—and the most diverse mix of industries. China comes in second with 103 companies, some of which are state-owned, and is heavy in energy, utilities, and banks. In third place, Japan has 52 companies from the electronics, telecom, and automotive industries, followed closely by France with 29 companies and Germany with 28. See the graphic below for a data visualization of the companies and industries represented in this year’s Global 500 list.

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A version of this article appears in the August 1, 2016 issue of Fortune with the headline “The Global 500 Matrix.”


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