Global Top 100 reach record $17.4 trillion in PwC’s Global Top 100 companies ranking, with the US extending lead
- The US extends its leading position in PwC’s Global Top 100 companies ranking while Europe continues to decline
- The total market capitalisation of the Global Top 100 more than recouped the 2016 losses and increased by 12% from 2016 to reach a record level of $17.4 trillion
- The US extended its leading position with 55 companies this year, up from 54 last year. The US share by market capitalisation increased slightly to 63% (an increase of $1,292bn). All companies in the Top 10 are US companies.
- Europe lost a further 2 companies to 22, with a decline from 19% to 17% in share by market capitalisation (while registering a small increase in value of $35bn)
- The UK keeps its third position with 5 companies in the Top 100, although down from 7 companies last year (following a delisting of SABMiller upon acquisition by Anheuser-Busch InBev and Vodafone dropping out of Top 100)
- The share of China/HK remained largely flat at around 12%. Two Chinese companies, Tencent and Alibaba, are at number 11 and 12, having raised their ranking significantly in 2017
- Apple retains the pole position for the 6th year in a row, with the gap with Alphabet (ex-Google) more than doubling in the past year
- The Technology sector has overtaken the financial sector last year and has retained the lead, closely followed by financials
- Global Top 100 analyses the Top 100 global companies by market capitalisation and compares how the list evolves year-on-year. We analyse trends to understand the impact of external political and economic events and identify the risers and the fallers, look at sector dynamics and present a view on how the global landscape has changed.
- This analysis was conducted as at 31 March 2017 and 31 March 2016 and captures companies market cap in US$, based on their country of origin. All market data is sourced from Bloomberg and has not been independently verified by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.
Katherine HowbrookPR ManagerUnited Kingdomkatherine.email@example.com+44 0 20 7212 2711
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