The 5 richest companies in the world

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The world’s richest companies each generate hundreds of billions of dollars in annual revenues. In the top 5, there are 4 operators in the oil sector. Which are the 5 richest companies in the world? Here is the 2015 ranking.

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Top 1: Walmart

Walmart undoubtedly stands out from the crowd since this is not the first time it has been at the top of this ranking. In addition, it is the only operator in the top 5 of the world’s wealthiest companies whose business does not revolve around oil. This supermarket giant based in Arkansas, USA, has been in existence since 1962, the year it was founded by Sam Walton. Today, the brand is present in 15 countries around the world, with more than 8,500 points of sale. Walmart had sales in excess of $485 billion in 2015.

Top 2: Sinopec Limited

In second place is a Chinese operator that stands out in the oil sector. These are Sinopec Limited or China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation Limited, whose shares are mainly owned by the Sinopec Group. This company is distinguished by its diversified activities: refining, exploration, production and distribution of various products (petrochemicals, fertilizers, fibres, etc.), transportation and storage of natural gas and oil. Its turnover for 2015 amounts to more than 446 billion dollars.

Top 3: Royal Dutch Shell

In 2015, Royal Dutch Shell was replaced by Sinopec, with a turnover of more than 431 billion dollars. This company, based in two countries (Netherlands and United Kingdom), is active in the energy sector. Its extensive activities include oil extraction, refining and distribution. In keeping with the latest trends, the operator is also active in the field of renewable energies (solar, wind, hydrogen, biofuel, etc.). Today, Shell is present in more than 90 countries around the world, with tens of thousands of operational service stations.

Top 4: PetroChina Company Limited

With a turnover of more than $428 billion, PetroChina ranks fourth among the world’s wealthiest companies. PetroChina Company Limited is simply the publicly traded company powered by the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNCP). Leading the list in oil production on the Chinese side, this company made the feat of being the first to break the $1 trillion mark in terms of market capitalization.

Top 5: Exxon Mobil

Exxon Mobil closes this top 5 with sales of more than $382 billion for 2015. This American company based in Texas was created in 1999 by the merger of two major companies: Mobil and Exxon. It currently manages about 40 refineries based in 21 countries around the world.

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