This is a list of the Top 20 World's Most Valuable Companies based on Forbes' Annual Ranking as of April 18, 2012. They are ranked in terms of market value. Having $546 billion market cap, Apple ranks as the most valuable company in the world. Exxon Mobil, which ranked first in the previous year, now ranks as the second most valuable company in the world having $407.4 billion market value. The higher the company's market value, the greater the growth potential.
Top 20 World's Most Valuable Companies 2012
(as of April 2012)
(in billion $)
|2||Exxon Mobil||$407.40||United States
|7||Royal Dutch Shell||$227.60||Netherlands|
|9||China Mobile||$216.50||Hong Kong-China|
|10||General Electric (GE)||$213.70||United States|
|11||Wal-Mart Stores||$208.40||United States
|14||Berkshire Hathaway||$202.20||United States
|15||China Construction Bank||$201.90||China|
|18||Procter & Gamble||$185.20||United States
|20||Johnson & Johnson||$178.80||United States
Here's a bar graph of the Top 20 Most Valuable Companies in the World 2012. Notice how Apple outranked the other companies:
Can Apple company hold its position as the most valuable company in the world until next year (2013)?