Geography of Global 500 Companies in 2016

Caitlin Dempsey

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Each year, Fortune Magazine publishes the list of the top 500 companies around the world ranked by revenue.  This article takes a cursory look at the geographic distribution of Global 500 companies based on headquarters for the year 2016.

Which Countries Have the Most Global 500 Companies?

World map of global 500 companies in 2014.

There are 33 total countries around the world that have at least one Global 500 company headquartered.  The top ten countries with the most Global 500 companies make up almost 83% of the total number.  The United States leads with over a quarter of all Global 500 companies with 134 companies.  China is the country with the second largest number of Global 500 countries with 103.  Japan rounds out the top three with 52 countries.

To see the full list of Global 500 companies summarized by country, click on the “+” in the table below.

CountryNumber of Companies
USA134
China103
Japan52
France29
Germany28
Britain25
South Korea15
Switzerland15
Netherlands12
Canada11
Italy9
Spain9
Australia8
Brazil7
India7
Taiwan7
Russia5
Singapore3
Sweden3
Belgium2
Ireland2
Mexico2
Austria1
Britain/Netherlands1
Denmark1
Indonesia1
Luxembourg1
Malaysia1
Norway1
Poland1
Saudi Arabia1
Thailand1
Turkey1
U.A.E.1

Which Cities Have the Most Global 500 Companies?

There are 226 different cities around the world that can claim at least one Global 500 company.  The city with the most Global 500 companies is Beijing with 57.  Tokyo is second with 37 companies.  London, New York, and Paris are tied for third with 17 companies each.


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CityNumber of Companies
Beijing57
Tokyo37
London17
New York17
Paris17
Seoul11
Shanghai9
Hong Kong7
Houston7
Osaka7
Zurich7
Toronto, Ontario6
Madrid5
Moscow5
Mumbai5
Shenzhen5
Atlanta4
Chicago4
Munich4
Taipei4
Amsterdam3
Basel3
Cincinnati3
Courbevoie3
Dublin3
Essen3
Guangzhou3
Hanover3
Rome3
San Antonio3
Singapore3
St. Louis3
Sao Paulo3
Bilbao2
Bonn2
Boulogne-Billancourt2
Calgary, Alberta2
Charlotte2
Dallas2
Deerfield2
Docklands2
Falls Church2
Framingham2
Frankfurt2
Hangzhou2
Kariya2
McLean2
Melbourne2
Memphis2
Mexico City2
Milan2
Milwaukee2
Minneapolis2
Omaha2
Perth2
Rio de Janeiro2
Rotterdam2
Rueil-Malmaison2
San Francisco2
Stockholm2
Stuttgart2
Sydney2
The Hague2
Turin2
Washington2
Xi’an2
Armonk1
Arteixo1
Aurora, Ontario1
Baar1
Bad Homburg1
Bangalore1
Bangkok1
Barcelona1
Beaverton1
Bella Vista1
Bentonville1
Berlin1
Bethesda1
Bloomfield1
Bloomington1
Bologna1
Boston1
Bradford1
Braslia1
Brentford1
Brussels1
Burbank1
Camp Hill1
Centennial1
Changchun1
Changzhi1
Chertsey1
Chesterbrook1
Chiba1
Clearwater1
Clermont-Ferrand1
Clichy1
Cologne1
Columbus1
Copenhagen1
Croix1
Cupertino1
Daegu1
Datong1
Dearborn1
Detroit1
Diemen1
Dubai1
Dusseldorf1
Edinburgh1
Fairfield1
Farmington1
Findlay1
Fort Worth1
Foshan1
Foster City1
Franklin1
Friedrichshafen1
Fuzhou1
Glattbrugg1
Guixi1
Gateborg1
Haikou City1
Hamamatsu1
Hamburg1
Hartford1
Hiroshima1
Hoffman Estates1
Hopkinton1
Hounslow1
Hsinchu1
Indianapolis1
Inver Grove Heights1
Irvine1
Irving1
Issaquah1
Issy-les-Moulineaux1
Istanbul1
Jakarta1
Jeollanam-do1
Jinan1
Jincheng1
Jona1
Karlsruhe1
Kenilworth1
Kuala Lumpur1
Lakeland1
Laval, Quebec1
Leiden1
Leuven1
Leverkusen1
Louisville1
Ludwigshafen1
Luxembourg1
Mannheim1
Miami1
Midland1
Minnetonka1
Moline1
Montreal, Quebec1
Mooresville1
Morris Plains1
Mountain View1
Nagoya1
Nanjing1
Nashville1
New Brunswick1
New Delhi1
New Taipei City1
Newark1
Newbury1
North Chicago1
Northbrook1
Oak Brook1
Osasco1
Palo Alto1
Peoria1
Philadelphia1
Phoenix1
Plock1
Purchase1
Redmond1
Redwood City1
Richfield1
Riyadh1
Rosemont1
San Diego1
San Jose1
San Ramon1
Santa Clara1
Seattle1
Shandong1
Shijiazhuang1
Springdale1
Springfield1
St. Denis1
St. Paul1
Stavanger1
Suwon1
Taiyuan1
Taoyuan1
Thousand Oaks1
Tianjin1
Toyota1
Trieste1
Ulsan1
Utrecht1
Vevey1
Vienna1
Walldorf1
Waltham1
Welwyn Garden City1
White Plains1
Wilmington1
Windsor1
Wolfsburg1
Woonsocket1
Wuhan1
Xingtai1
Yangquan1
Yokohama1
Zaandam1
Zeist1
Zhangjiagang1
Zug1

Which U.S. States Have the Most Global 500 Companies

There are a total of 29 states and the District of Columbia which can boast at least one Global 500 company.  New York leads the way with 20 companies.  California, Illinois, and Texas are tied for second with 14 companies each.

StateNumber of Companies
New York20
California14
Illinois14
Texas14
Massachusetts6
Minnesota6
Ohio6
Connecticut4
Georgia4
New Jersey4
Tennessee4
Virginia4
Florida3
Michigan3
Missouri3
North Carolina3
Pennsylvania3
Washington3
Arkansas2
Nebraska2
Washington DC2
Wisconsin2
Arizona1
Colorado1
Delaware1
Indiana1
Kentucky1
Maryland1
Oregon1
Rhode Island1

The Northern Hemisphere and Global 500

Out of the 500 companies on the list, only 16 are headquartered in the southern hemisphere.  Eight companies are located in Australia, seven in Brazil, and one in Indonesia.

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Caitlin Dempsey
Caitlin Dempsey is the editor of Geography Realm and holds a master's degree in Geography from UCLA as well as a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) from SJSU.