The Global 500: Growth moves to the east

July 23, 2015, 2:00 PM UTC

The world’s biggest companies by revenue are both widely dispersed (they’re based in 224 cities and 36 countries — click here to see interactive map) and highly concentrated: A third have headquarters in Beijing, Tokyo, London, Paris, or New York. No surprise, the Asian (mostly Chinese) component of the list has registered smoking growth and bumped Europe from the top spot in 2013. Once dominant, North America has fallen to third place.

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Graphics by Nicholas Rapp. Research by Scott DeCarlo.

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A version of this article appears in the August 1, 2015 issue of Fortune magazine with the headline “East Beats West.”