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    Banks have been playing a very pivotal role in the people’s loves. The money, its circulation, security, and management are preserved by the banks in each country. Banks are the backbone of the national economies and collectively, they decide the global economy. The Chinese and American Banks have mostly stuck to the positions for a considerable period of time. Other countries like France, Japan, United Kingdom, etc. have fought to reach the list of top 10 of Banks in the world. Some of the top banks in the world are dominated by Chinese banks like ICBC, China Construction Bank, Agriculture Bank of China followed by JP Morgan, HSBC, Bank of China etc. Retail and Personal Banking, Corporate Banking, Asset Management, Loans, Investment Banking, etc. are the major functions of the banks and holding groups. The banks have revolutionized the way they reach and provide services to the customers. Here is a list of top 10 banks in the world 2018 based on revenue, net assets and income.


    Quick Glance:

    Below are the top Banks in World 2018:

    1st Place : ICBC

    2nd Place : China Construction Bank

    3rd Place : Agricultural Bank of China

    4th Place : Bank of China

    5th Place : HSBC

    6th Place : JP Morgan Chase

    7th Place : HSBC

    8th Place : BNP Paribas

    9th Place : Bank of America

    10th Place : Wells Fargo

    For more details about rankings and parameters, read on.


    Top Banks in World 2018 with Ranking Parameters (Revenue, Income & Net Assets):


    10. Wells Fargo & Company

    Wells Fargo & Company is an American company headquartered at San Francisco, California.


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    The company has central offices throughout the country and has given customers access to its many offices across geographies. The bank enjoys the status of the second largest bank in the world by market capitalization as well as the third largest bank by total assets in United States. The financial services of the bank include products such as corporate banking, consumer finance, equities trading, investment banking, retail brokerage, risk management, wealth management, private banking, mortgage loans, currency exchange, credit cards, consumer finance, foreign exchange trading and many more. The bank employs around 270 thousand employees worldwide. The back-offices of Wells Fargo in India and Philippines have more than 3000 people in staff. The bank has offices in London, Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo and Toronto. Wells Fargo is a top banker for the gun-makers in US and Nation Rifle Association. However, this affiliation of the bank has aroused many controversies.  Wells Fargo Rail is a division of the original Wells Fargo & Company which was bought from GE Capital Rail Services. The Wealth and Investment Management business run under the subsidiaries called Wells Fargo Investments, LLC and Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC. Wells Fargo Securities is another business of investment banking which is headquartered at Charlotte, North Carolina, United States. Artistic interests of banks reflect into their museums. The bank operates nearly 13 museums most known as a Wells Fargo History Museum. During the great recession, Wells Fargo obtained $25 billion as Emergency Economic Stabilization Fund where US Treasury purchased preferred stocks.

    Revenue (in Billions of USD): 48.71

    Net Profit (in Billions of USD): 12.07

    Assets (in Billions of USD): 1933.01


    9. Bank of America

    Bank of America has headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina.


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    It is the second largest bank in the United States by Assets which has a strong customer base. Bank of America is a multinational bank with a presence in United States of America, Canada, Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America. The bank also has 9% stake in the China Construction Bank with almost 3 billion USD value. The bank is also famous by its name “BofA”. The bank was ranked 11 by Forbes Magazine Global 2000 in 2016. The bank holds almost one-tenth of the total deposit in America which makes it one of the “Big Four” Banks of United States. The firm operates in all the states as well as other 40 countries in the world. It serves more than 45 million customers worldwide and has more than 4,500 banking centers enabling relations with many small and big businesses. With more than 15,000 ATMs globally, the bank has highly penetrated the network.  Services and products like Corporate banking, insurance, wealth management, mortgage loans, private banking, etc. can be availed from the bank. The firm has two prime divisions, Bank of America Home Loans and Bank of America Merrill Lynch with three subsidiaries, viz., Merrill Lynch, Merrill Edge and U.S. Trust. Capital ratio is maintained at 11.8% by the firm. The firm also involves itself into philanthropic economic activities as a part of its Civil and Social Service Responsibility. The United States workforce has more than 50% women working in the bank, even in high positions, the ration is nearly 50%.

    Revenue (in Billions of USD): 87.34

    Net Profit (in Billions of USD): 18.23

    Assets (in Billions of USD): 2281.23


    8. BNP Paribas

    BNP Paribas is a French Multinational Banking Group with its presence in more than 70 countries in the world.


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    The bank came into existence with the merger of Banque de Nationale de Paris and Banque de Paris et De Pay-Bas in 2000. Being one of the three big French banks, which also include Société Générale and Le Credit Lyonnais are other two French banks, BNP Paribas is serving more than 30 million customers in three main domestic markets of Belgium, France, and Italy. The bank has brands like BNL and Fortis. In the Western United States, the bank operates under the brand name of Bank of West. Consumer Banking, Corporate Banking, Asset Management, Investment Banking, Credit card Services, etc. are the services provided by BNP Paribas. BNP Paribas has managed to gain the position of the largest bank in the Eurozone and in the world by its value of total assets. In 2015, the bank has outstanding deposits and loans as 600.3 billion USD and 682.5 billion USD respectively with the highest revenue generated from its European operations. The BNP Paribas became the world’s fifth largest bank just after the Global Financial Crisis in 2008. In October 2008, the bank looked after the 75% activities of the Fortis Bank of Belgium and 66% in Luxemburg. The personal banking services are offered in more than 7,000 branches of the bank with providing the employment to 1,90,000 people globally. 9.3 million Euros have been allocated by the bank for the renewable energy sector in 2016 and it is committed to raising 6 million Euros more to it.

    Revenue (in Billions of USD): 53.28

    Net Profit (in Billions of USD): 9.30

    Assets (in Billions of USD): 2420.05


    7. HSBC

    Formed by the initials, Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation was established in British Hong Kong earlier.


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    After some time, it was acquired by its British parent company, HSBC Holding Plc, and the bank is headquartered in London, United Kingdom in HSBC tower. Retail banking, wealth management, finance, insurance, credit card services, investment banking, corporate banking, etc. are the banking services provided by HSBC. Scotsman Sir Thomas had founded the bank in 1865 due to British colonization in Hong Kong during that period. The bank has acquired Marine Midland Bank based in United States of America, Banco Bamerindus and Roberts SA de Inversions of Argentina in the 20th century. It after, acquired Republic National Bank of New York at the end. Leaving some part of South Africa, the bank has it presence in all over the world including Asia, Europe, America, Australia and Latin America. Global product lines like HSBC Direct, HSBCnet, HSBC Advance and HSBC Premier are present which offer field-related services. For example, HSBC is direct online telephone banking operation for mortgage and other commercial purposes. The bank has overall 2,30,000 employees globally with positive variance in revenue, net profit, assets, equity and growth from last year. Talking about HSBC Sustainable Financial Highlights, the group was listed to be ranked first for the climate change initiative, SRI and sustainable research by institutional investors in Extel Survey. Moreover, it partnered with Cambridge Institute for sustainability leadership Banking Environment Initiative. Famous HSBC Water program which has committed 150 million USD over the period of eight years to be completed in 2019.

    Revenue (in Billions of USD): 63.78

    Net Profit (in Billions of USD): 11.88

    Assets (in Billions of USD): 2521.77


    6. JPMorgan Chase

    JPMorgan Chase & Co. is basically an investment bank company.


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    The firm also provides the services such as Asset Allocation, Debt Resolution, Credit Derivative trading and services, foreign currency exchange, futures, and options trading etc. JP Morgan is also a leader in Money Market trading, Risk Management, Mortgage-backed securities, Retail and Prime Brokerage, etc types of financial services. The firm has maintained a capital ratio of 15.2% until last year. Till last year, it was one of the largest asset management companies in the world. JPMorgan Chase also carries the second position in the United States with its hedge fund unit. The JPMorgan Brand was traditionally known as “Morgan”. The bank formed when two firms were merged namely Chase Manhattan Corporation and J.P. Morgan and Co. The Corporation also consisted of a Chemical Bank Corporation and Bank One Corporation. The company is headquartered in New York City. The bank had gone through a number of mergers and acquisitions to land such a big position. The firm has around 2,50,000 employees worldwide currently. The company has strategic interests in the services like Consumer & Community Banking, Corporate & Investment Banking, Commercial Banking and Asset & Wealth Management. The bank has won the Best Banking Performer in the United States of America given by Global Brands Awards Magazine in 2016. Surprisingly, the Bank collects the Art, too. After the collection began in 1959, the bank has currently acquired 6,000 graphics based and 30,000 based art pieces. The heavy and successful finance banking company has met with many trading losses and other cases.

    Revenue (in Billions of USD): 99.62

    Net Profit (in Billions of USD): 24.44

    Assets (in Billions of USD): 2533.59


    5. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group

    Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group is headquartered in Tokyo of Japan.


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    The company provides banking as well as other financial services, and it was listed as a 5th bank by assets globally. Not surprisingly, it is the largest holding group in Japan which holds around 1.8 trillion USD worth of deposits. The company was created as a result of the merger of Mitsubishi Tokyo Financial Group and UFJ Holdings based at Tokyo and Osaka respectively. The bank focuses on the services like Corporate Banking, Personal Banking, Investment Management and Banking, Mortgage and Credit Card Services, etc. The six subsidiaries of the firm include Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation, The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Mitsubishi UFJ Securities, UnionBanCal Corporation, Mitsubishi UFJ NICOS and Mitsubishi UFJ Lease and Finance. With over 100,000 employees in Japan, the bank is growing in all aspects of net profit, revenue as well as the assets. The major shareholders of the bank are Japan Trustee Services Bank, The Master Trust Bank of Japan, Nippon Life Insurance Company, Toyota Motor Corporation and other small shareholders. The bank has special Civil and Social Service Responsibility Committee which looks after the CSR and sustainability activities. In the field of Environment, the bank is considered to be ranked first in the renewable energy sector which handled the highest value of related project finances. Carbon Dioxide emissions are not given opportunities to increase, the bank ensures that environment-friendly projects are financed. Over 3,000 employees are on children leave in the MUFJ Group. The ratio of female manager is also rising an an impressive rate.

    Revenue (in Billions of USD): 42.68

    Net Profit (in Billions of USD): 8.14

    Assets (in Billions of USD): 2913.90


    4. Bank of China

    Bank of China is one of the “Big Four” Banks of China and owned by the Government of China.


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    The bank provides the services like credit cards, corporate banking, consumer banking, securities, asset management, mortgage loans, private banking, finance and insurance, wealth management, etc. In 2009, by market capitalization value, the bank was ranked fifth globally. At the same time, it was China’s second largest lender bank as well. Forbes Global 2000 ranked it one of the largest company in the world. Other than Mainland of China, the bank has branches in 27 different countries and areas, i.e., Malaysia, South Africa, Vietnam, Philippines, Taiwan, Bahrain, etc. The foundation dates back in 1912 by the republican government which is also the oldest bank in the mainland of China. The Bank of China has two legally separate subsidiaries- Bank of China (Hong Kong) and Bank of China (Canada). Though the bank has operations outside China, but it accounts for only less than 4% of the activity of the bank by both profits whereas Mainland China accounts for more than 50% of the bank by profits and 75% by assets as in 2005. China Central Huijin which is an investment arm of the government of the People’s Republic of China holds 64.63% of shares in the Bank of China. Other ordinary shareholders are HKSCC Nominees Ltd.  and China Securities Finance which hold 27.78% and 2.9% shares respectively. Preference share owners are the Bank of New York Mellon, China Mobile Communications, China National Tobacco Corporation and Zhongwei Real Estate with having 39.96%, 18.01%, 5.00% and 3.00% respectively. There are around 310 thousand employees of Bank of China working globally.

    Revenue (in Billions of USD): 77.15

    Net Profit (in Billions of USD): 29.5

    Assets (in Billions of USD): 3104.84


    3. Agricultural Bank of China

    Agricultura Bank of China which is also known as “ABC” (acronym) or “AgBank”.


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    The bank is a part of the “Big Four” banks of the Republic of China. The bank has around 320 million retail customers and over 2.5 million of corporate clients which makes it one of the biggest banks in the world and it is operated in nearly 24,000 branches worldwide. The bank’s initial public offering is known to fetch the largest amount of funding followed by Alibaba. The bank was founded in 1951 and has headquarters in Beijing, China. The Agricultural Bank of China was formed as a merger of the Republic of China, Farmers Bank of China and Cooperation Bank of China. The agricultural banks were absorbed in the government for two times. It was restructured as to be Agricultural Bank of China and created a holding company. The bank is listed on both “Shanghai Stock Exchange” as well as “Hong Kong Stock Exchange”. The main owners of the bank include Central Huijin Investment, Ministry of Finance of the Republic of China, National Social Security Fund and China Securities Finance whereas the first two has around 80% of the ownership combined. The rest two have nearly 5% stakes in the shares. Being the public company, other shares are available to the public. The bank houses the total of 5,00,000 employees in the world. Bank provides many products and services like Finance and Insurance, Consumer Banking, Corporate Banking, Investment Banking, Investment Management, Global Wealth Management, Private Equity, Mortgages and Credit Card facilities.

    Revenue (in Billions of USD): 86.59

    Net Profit (in Billions of USD): 30.80

    Assets (in Billions of USD): 3357.80


    2. China Construction Bank

    When it comes to China, it has four large banks that have also fought for the positions in the top ten list of the world’s largest banks.


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    China Construction Bank is one of those banks in the “People’s Republic of China”. The bank has around 14,000 branches in China & it has international branches in more than 15 main cities of different countries worldwide, viz, New York, London, Barcelona, Singapore, Tokyo, etc. The bank is originally owned by the Government of China as a part of Ministry of Finance with over 4 hundred thousand employees. Due to separation procedure is undertaken by China Construction Bank being the predecessor bank, China Construction Bank Corporation was created as a joint-stock commercial bank in September 2004 as under the PRC Company Law of China. Bank of America started with almost around 95% of stake in the bank which now has reached billion 7.3 USD worth of shares. The bank was founded as the People’s construction bank of China which later changed its name. China Construction Corporation Bank investment division had launched a 0.7 billion USD fund called China Healthcare Investment Fund which aimed to focus on investments in China’s rapidly growing healthcare sector. The bank abides by the principles of sustainability by Economic development, Environmental protection by providing green loans and social development. Commitment to serving the real economy and actively supporting the national development strategy. The bank continued to follow and analyze the prospective business opportunities brought by the system of Five-Year plan implementation.

    Revenue (in Billions of USD): 94.73

    Net Profit (in Billions of USD): 38.85

    Assets (in Billions of USD): 3528.61


    1. ICBC

    The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China which also commonly famous as “ICBC”.


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    The company is headquartered in the capital city, Beijing, China, and it is one of the biggest state-owned commercial banks of Republic of China, mainly noted as the “Big Four”. It ranked first in the Bankers’ Top 1000 and Forbes Global 2000 list of public companies in the world. Initially, the bank was a local state-run bank established in 1984. The bank provides the services such as Finance and Insurance, Consumer Banking, Corporate Banking, Investment Banking, Investment Banking, Global Wealth Management, private equity, etc. Most of the voting rights are held by the Government of China through Central Huijin Investment, Ministry of Finance and China Securities Finance. Other holders are Temasek holdings and NSSF. The company provides employment to 4,62,000 employees. Industrial and Commercial Bank of China raised around 14 billion USD in Hong Kong Stock Exchange and 5.1 billion USD in Shanghai Stock Exchange. The bank has acquired major stakes in the banks like the Standard Bank of Argentina. Majorly, the banks have provided loans to the industries like manufacturing, transportation, storage, Power and Gas, Property Development, Construction, etc. The bank follows the international standards of Environmental and Social for Financial Institutions. It is the first Chinese bank to adopt the Equator Principles. The bank follows the Six-Dimension model for CSR activities. The model covers the values such as Green Bank, Brand Builder, Value Creator, Creditworthy Bank, Harmonious Bank and Charity Bank.

    Revenue (in Billions of USD): 107.76

    Net Profit (in Billions of USD): 45.85

    Assets (in Billions of USD): 4160.60


    Ranking Methodology:

    1. The top 20 banks in the world are considered for the ranking

    2. Parameters like revenues, net profits and assets are considered and are given weightages of 0.5, 0.2 and 0.3 respectively

    3. A consolidated score is calculated and the final ranks are evaluated.




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    Apparel industries require continuous innovation in terms of its design and also in lines with the current fashion. The top Apparel companies compete on providing new and fashionable collection of apparels to survive in the industry. Many brands have ventured into the online markets aside from its retail stores to increase its customer base. Top Apparel Brands list consists of Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton, Nike, Zara, H&M which among the most popular and valuable brands across the continents. Here is the list of top 10 apparel brands in the world 2018.


    Quick Glance:

    Below are the top 10 apparel brands in world 2018:

    1st Place : Christian Dior

    2nd Place : Louis Vuitton

    3rd Place : Nike

    4th Place : Zara

    5th Place : Adidas

    6th Place : H&M

    7th Place : GAP

    8th Place : UNIQLO

    9th Place : Ralph Lauren

    10th Place : Hermès

    For more details about rankings and parameters, read on.


    Top Apparel Brands in World 2018 with Ranking Parameters (Profit, Sales):


    10. Hermes

    Hermes is French based international company which sells leather, perfumes, lifestyle accessories, jewelry, ready to wear, watches and home furnishings.


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    The company was founded by Thierry Hermès in the year 1837, and it believes in providing high quality and unique products to its customers, hence all the products are handmade and manufactured with utmost care and supervision. The company uses traditional business model wherein each product is manufactured by a single person and does not use assembly lines for mass production. The company has its own designers and craftsman who provide unique and valuable collections. Hermes is one of the rare companies in the world who adopts traditional ways of production and is the most recognized brands in the world. Hermes has a large customer base due to its high quality premium products. All the products of Hermes exhibit exquisite workmanship. Ready to wear segment of Hermes is the second largest sector of Hermes which provides huge sales for the company. In 2015 the company unveiled its first autumn-winter collection. The spring-summer collection has a complete range of clothing with vivid and bright colors. The shoes designed by Pierre Hardy for men and women were a huge success for the company. In 2015 Hermes made partnership with Apple to launch its first Apple Watch Hermes. The current CEO of the company is Axel Dumas.


    Profit (in million $): 1171.81

    Sales (in million $): 5520.75


    9. Ralph Lauren

    Designer Ralph Lauren founded this brand in the year 1967 which has gone to become global brand.


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    Headquartered in New York city, Ralph Lauren is among the top leading apparel brands in the world, which offers a variety of apparels and accessories across the world for men, women and children. Ralph Lauren Home and Paint supplies a complete range of home furniture and accessories. The company also manufactures fragrances for men and women under the brand Ralph Lauren fragrances.  Ralph Lauren has some of the most recognized brands in the world such as Purple Label, Ralph Lauren Collection, Double RL, Polo Ralph Lauren, RLX, American Living, Chaps and Club Monaco. The most notable brand is Polo Ralph Lauren which caters to full range of clothing for men. Women’s Polo was launched in 2014 to provide apparels for women.  The company own 493 stores across the world. Ralph Lauren has been the official sponsor of Wimbledon, US Open, US Olympic and Golf Championships. Ralph Lauren is famous for its luxury and fashionable apparels in the fashion industry worldwide.  It provides exclusive range of apparels with classy designs each year. In 2017 the company's revenue totaled at 6.65 billion US dollars. Patrice Louvet is the current CEO and president of the Ralph Lauren Corporation.


    Profit (in million $): -99.3

    Sales (in million $): 6652.8


    8) UNIQLO

    UNIQLO is the largest retail store famous for its casual wear for men, women and children across the continents.


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    Based in Tokyo, Japan, this company was founded by Yamaguchi in 1949, and as its name suggests, the company was started with the aim to provide unique clothing to its customers. Uniqlo is a subsidiary of Fast Retailing Co Ltd, and the company has outsourced its manufacturing to China due to the cheap labour available there. Uniqlo has expanded its operations across China, US, Europe, Asia to become the most valuable brands in the fashion retail industry. Uniqlo has collaborated with famous designers such as JW Anderson to provide captivating collection of apparel with utmost comfort for everday clothing. Uniqlo has been able to make its mark in the apparel industry owing to its continuous research and development of new materials and improving existing texture of clothes. Uniqlo owns 831 stores in Japan and has a total of 1089 international stores worldwide. Uniqlo takes feedback from its customers and incorporates them into their product development. Uniqlo has adopted sustainable methods in its manufacturing process and entire supply chain. Under the initiative All-Product Recycling the company had donated 25.58 million secondhand clothing collected in Uniqlo stores worldwide to support refugees and displaced persons in 2017. The current CEO of the company is Tadashi Yanai.


    Profit (in million $): 645

    Sales (in million $): 7537


    7) GAP

    GAP is US based multinational company which was founded by Donald Fisher in 1969.


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    Headquartered at San Francisco, California, this brand is the largest retailer of clothing and accessories in the world. At the initial phase of the company, GAP targeted mainly teenagers through its Levi’s brand but later it incorporated clothing for each generation at all stages of life. GAP has several brands such as Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta, and Intermix brands, that offers a wide range of apparel, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, and children. GAP offers apparel and accessories for kids under the GapKids, babyGap and for pregnant women under GapMaternity, GapBody. GAP designs and sells clothes for specific occasion like weddings through its brand Weddington Way. GAP acquired Athleta in 2008, which provides sports apparel for women. GAP owns 3200 stores and 459 franchise stores across the globe. GAP designs apparels according to the varied needs of different demographics of customers. It has also set different price tags for its apparel across different countries.  Customers can purchase GAP apparel and accessories through its stores or globally through its website online.As of 2017, the company had a total of 135,000 employees and the current CEO is Art Peck.  The revenue amounted to 15.8 $ billion as of Dec, 2017.


    Profit (in million $): 848

    Sales (in million $): 15855


    6) H&M

    H&M (Hennes & Mauritz AB) is a Swedish based international company headquartered at Stockholm that offers its apparel and accessories to a worldwide market.


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    Established in 1947 by Erling Persson, H&M is the largest retailer that provides fast-fashion clothing and accessories for men, women, children as well as teenagers. H&M has collaborated with famous designers and celebrities to promote its apparel. H&M also takes design collections from renowned designers that have helped H&M to provide trend-setting and new range of clothing collection and accessories to its customers. H&M has also been able to create a significant presence in the online market.  H&M has eight brands such as COS, Weekday, Monki and Cheap Monday etc. H&M is set to launch its ninth brand, Afound in 2018. Afound will give customers exclusive range of famous fashion and lifestyle brands for both men and women at discounted price. In 2017 H&M launched online services for eight new markets including Turkey, Singapore, Malaysia, Cyprus etc. The H&M has online presence in 44 markets as of December 2017. In 2018 H&M is anticipated to open 390 new retail stores. The company has more than 4500 retail stores worldwide The current CEO of H&M is Karl-Johan Persson and the company has total 161,000 employees as of 2017.


    Profit (in million $): 1746.86

    Sales (in million $): 21587.98


    5) Adidas

    Adidas is German based multinational company that manufactures and sells a variety of apparels and accessories for men and women.


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    Adidas was founded in August 1949 by Adolf Dassler and his brother Rudolf, and has gone on to become a leading global brand. Later they had a conflict and the company was split into Adidas by Adolf and Puma by Rudolf which is a big rival of Adidas today. Adidas is the largest manufacturer of sportswear and apparel in the world. Some of the apparels of Adidas consist of men’s and women’s t-shirts, hoodies, sweatpants, leggings and jackets. Adidas has focused mainly on football and brought a lot of innovative products for this game. It is a major supplier in the football industry across the world.  Adidas has also designed footballs for WorldCup tournaments. Adidas provides sports equipment such as boots and kits for all major sports like baseball, cricket, football, basketball, golf etc. Adidas also offers its products in deodorants, watches, bags, sandals, eyewear etc. Adidas has Reebok as its subsidiary which is a major player in the athletic and footwear industry. Adidas sponsors various sports teams and sportspersons across the world. Some sports team sponsored by Adidas are Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Manchester United and some sportsperson sponsored by Adidas are Andy Murray, Lionel Messi, Virat Kohli. Kasper Rorsted is the current CEO of Adidas. Adidas has recently launched Adidas app in Google playstore and Apple App store in US and U.K to give its customers enhanced shopping experience.


    Profit (in million $): 1167.36

    Sales (in million $): 22517.25


    4) Zara

    Based in Spain, ZARA is the flagship brand of Inditex Group which owns other brands like Pull & Bear, Oysho, Zara Home, and Stradivarius.


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    Zara was founded by Amancio Ortega and Rosalía Mera in 1975, and is known for its fashionable, stylish and classy range of apparels and accessories. Zara provides its apparels, shoes and accessories across 90+ countries and owns more than 2,000+ stores worldwide. One prominent aspect of Zara is that it produces a new product within six days, on the contrary other retailers take at least six months. And if that design is not generating sales, it is removed from the retail shops and further orders are also cancelled. Zara has also collaborated with Detox Campaign to remove hazardous chemicals from its clothing during the manufacturing process. Also Zara does not invest in any kind of advertising. It has the most efficient supply chain. These are some of the unique manufacturing and distribution practices of ZARA that sets it apart from its competitors. Zara offers a variety of fashionable apparel, shoes and accessories for women, men and kids. Zara designs its apparel based on the trending consumer preferences. Zara unveiled new range of sustainable fashion collections like Join Life collections and introduced in-store used-garment recycling containers. Zara has recently started its online services in 12 new markets across Europe. It has presence in 39 online markets currently. As of May, 2017 its revenue totaled at 11.3 $ Billion.


    Profit (in million $): 3578.48

    Sales (in million $): 26887.4


    3) Nike

    Nike is US based international company headquartered at Oregon which sells apparel and accessories in athletic footwear, sports, athletic and other recreational and products.


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    Nike is the largest supplier of apparel and sports shoes in the world. Some of their apparels include jerseys, shorts, hoodies, trousers, tights, sneakers, sweatpants track suits for a wide range of sports like football, cricket, tennis, golf, baseball, basketball etc. Nike has a large customer base owing to its offerings of products which has high quality, price, variety, and a wide range of products. Nike’s swoosh logo signifies its brand value and is considered as a status symbol.  Nike has made its mark not only in the sports field but it has established itself as a market leader in the apparel industry as well. Nike is noted for its continuous innovation in the apparel and footwear segments specially the shoes for athletes which enables them to deliver high performance. Nike also allows its customers to do customization of its products like customers can choose color of sports shoes like Air Max, Air force, Metcon etc. Nike has done a series of acquisitions like Cole Haan, Hurley International, Umbro, Bauer Hockey, and Starter over the years.  Nike has associated itself with high profile athletes, sports team through sponsorships and it promotes it products through them. Few sports club sponsored by Nike are Indian Cricket team, Barcelona, Chelsea and sportsman such as Ronaldinho, Cristiano Ronaldo, Didier Drogba, Neymar, Wayne Rooney, Andrés Iniesta. As of 2017, the revenue of Nike amounted to $29.6 billion.


    Profit (in million $): 4240

    Sales (in million $): 34350


    2) Louis Vuitton

    Louis Vuitton is one of the most iconic brands in the apparel industry have a strong global footprint.


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    It is a French based retail company famous for its luxury items such as trunks, leather goods, shoes, apparel, watches, sunglasses, books, perfumes and other accessories. It is the most valuable brand in the world and considered a status symbol to carry its products. Louis Vuitton promotes its products through famous and popular celebrities, artists, and musicians like Jennifer Lopez, Angelina Jolie, and Madonna etc. It has also collaborated with famous designers and artists like Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami who provide special collections for Louis Vuitton’s apparels.  The company sells its products through stores and online website. In 2018 it has rolled out its digitally-enriched store concepts in Paris.  Louis Vuitton is the market leader in the fashion retail industry because it continuously strives to reinvent itself through constant innovation.  In 2017, Louis Vuitton acquired Christian Dior Couture which is proving beneficial and profitable for the company.  Louis Vuitton unveiled its first smart watch, the Supreme brand in 2017. Some of the flagship bags of Louis Vuitton are Speedy bags and Neverfull bags. Louis Vuitton also produces special limited edition bags for which prior booking is required. The company has the most efficient manufacturing process like it can produce a trunk in 60 hrs and a suitcase in less than 15 hrs. The current CEO of the company is Michael Burke. The company has presence in around 50 countries and owns 460 stores worldwide.


    Profit (in million $): 5443.06

    Sales (in million $): 45246.74


    1) Christian Dior

    Famous designer Christian Dior founded the brand in 1946, which is a global fashion brand now.


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    Headquartered at Paris, France Christian Dior commonly known as Dior is a global leader in the apparel industry. His first collection with the Huit and Corolle lines created a huge demand for this brand, and today the company has expanded its products line from clothing to include leather goods, accessories, footwear, jewelry, watch, perfumes and skincare products. Dior was criticized for designing corsets that were restrictive and regressive. The company has also been criticized for designing unrealistically small clothes for women. Dior introduced its first perfumes with the Diorama brand in the late 1940s. Christian Dior label is mainly famous for offering apparels for women, but Dior introduced the Dior Homme line for men in 1970s captured the attention of male customers. The company has introduced the brand the baby Dior to cater to the clothing for children. This brand has presence in 210 locations across the world. Some of the famous celebrities endorsed by the company are Sharon Stone, Jennifer Lawrence, CharlizeTheron.  Dior has also collaborated with famous designers like Yves Saint Laurent and John Galliano.  The company sells its products through retail stores as well as through its online store. Christian Dior is the most successful and valuable brands as it focus on the quality, authenticity and originality of their designs that is renewed with each season and each collection.


    Profit (in million $): 6105.27

    Sales (in million $): 46339.81


    Ranking Methodology:

    1. The top apparel brands in the world are considered for the ranking.

    2. Parameters like sales and profit are taken and given weightages of 60% & 40% respectively.

    3. A final score is calculated and the rankings are evaluated.


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    India has some of the biggest companies in the world. And some of these leading companies are government run organizations. These public sector companies are present in the area of oil & gas, electricity, coal, power etc. These Indian PSU companies have a strong workforce, and owing to the large population served, these are one of the highest revenue and profit making companies in India. The top PSU companies in India include IOCL, BPCL, HPCL, Coal India followed by ONGC, NTPC, BHEL etc. Here is a list of the top 10 public sector (PSU) companies in India 2018 as per revenue.


    Quick Glance:

    Below are the top 10 PSU Companies in India 2018:

    1st Place : IOCL

    2nd Place : BPCL

    3rd Place : HPCL

    4th Place : ONGC

    5th Place : Coal India

    6th Place : NTPC

    7th Place : GAIL

    8th Place : Power Grid Corp

    9th Place : BHEL

    10th Place : Power Finance Corp

    For more details about rankings and parameters, read on.


    Top PSU India 2018 with Ranking Parameters (Revenue):


    10) Power Finance Corporation

    This company is the finance company among the power companies and basically it is a financial institution.


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    The company has been awarded the KPMG- Infrastructure award recognizing the contribution towards development of the entire power sector. It is a Navratna company and the company’s funds are mainly sourced through the rupee denominated bonds. The credit rating of the company is very good both in India and abroad and therefore it can get and thereby give credit very easily and at cheap rates. There is also much of the short term borrowing activity that takes place within this company from other companies, banks and financial institutions. There are also records showing that this company has received ECB from the USA market and this is through the private placement route. Initially the operations were limited to giving credit to companies that were directly linked to the power sector but then of late the company is giving credit to those which have even a remote connection to power sector like the coal sector companies and generation companies. The Ultra-Mega power plants program of the government along with the R-APDRP program are the activity centers of this company. The main subsidiary of this company is the PFC consulting ltd, which is basically a wholly owned subsidiary and this company provides fee-based consulting services.

    Revenues (INR Cr): 27611

    Profits (INR Cr.): 2236


    9) BHEL

    This is a manufacturing and an engineering company that is founded by the government of India in the year 1964 and is headquartered in Delhi.


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    This also is a Maharatna company, and it produces electrical and mechanical equipment for various sectors which also include transportation like the railways, and transmission, oil and gas and other supporting industries. The major source of revenue is the sale of the required equipment for the necessary generation of power like turbines and boilers. Also, it supplied defence equipment like the Super Rapid Gun Mount naval guns to the Indian armed forces apart from the simulators which again was provided by BHEL. The main activities of this company are engineering, design, testing, servicing and commissioning products to sectors like defence, oil and natural gas, transportation, renewable energy etc. The company has about 19 functional units for manufacturing and there are 5 regional offices of this company. It has a market share of 75% in the power sector. Continuous project management is of the essence for this company considering the various number of projects that it takes up at any given point of time. The exports of this company are again impressive with a client base across 76 countries which are spread over 6 continents.

    Revenues (INR Cr): 29211

    Profits (INR Cr.): 457


    8) Power Grid Corporation

    This is a power utilities company incorporated on October 23, 1989 and is based in Gurugram, India.


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    PGC transmits around 50% of the entire power that is generated in India. The former subsidiary power system operation corporation limited handled the management of the power on the grid previously and there is also a telecom business of this company under the name POWERTEL. The original name was National Power Transmission Corporation Limited. The company is involved in other activities like the executing, designing, planning, operating, and maintenance of transmission systems. Initially the company was operating on a management basis and then later on it took over the assets of NTPC, NEEPCO, NHPC, THDC etc. slowly and commenced operation later. This company is also responsible for establishing and operationalizing the regional and national power grids. These power grids were required for the transfer of power within the regions with both stability and reliability and all the while safety. When the three companies were merged to form power grid the employees of these companies became the employees of power grid. The facilitation of power across all the grids was done by this company.

    Revenues (INR Cr): 26638

    Profits (INR Cr.): 7450


    7) GAIL

    The company is headquartered in Delhi and was incorporated in august 1984 but started the operations in gas sector in 1997.


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    The main activities of this company are natural gas, liquid hydrocarbon, LPG, transportation, transmission, marketing, distribution, generation of gas. GAIL occupied the 131st place among India’s most trusted brands according to the study conducted by the brand trust report. The areas where the blocks are located for this company are Krishna, Godavari, Cauvery, Assam-Arakan and Mahanadi. GAIL has also entered the telecom business lately apart from the venturing into sectors like deep water exploration etc. The largest pipeline of India is owned by GAIL. This is a cross-country pipeline with a total length of about 2300 km. The total pipeline length that this company owns is 11000 km spread across all the 22 states in India. The company also has seven LPG plants. It has a market share of 70% in gas transmission and marketing. The main subsidiaries are the GAIL gas limited, Brahmaputra cracker ad polymer limited, GAIL global pte limited, GAIL global (Singapore) pte limited, GAIL global (USA) and few joint ventures are Aavantika gas limited, Bhagyanagar gas limited, green gas limited, Indraprastha gas limited etc.

    Revenues (INR Cr): 49790

    Profits (INR Cr.): 3368


    6) NTPC

    This is a government company and the main activity of this company is generation of electricity.


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    Based out of Delhi, the company generates electricity, ensure distribution pan-India and then sells it to the government. It is also involved in activities like consultancy, project management, operation and management of plants. This company has 16% of the total capacity but produces 25% of the total need because of operating efficiencies that it focuses on. It produces 25 billion units of electricity in a month. The government holds approximately 65% of the total stake in this company. It also occupied the 300th position in the Forbes global list. The main joint venture of this company is with Ratnagiri gas and power private limited. Another way which it gets its revenues is through the hydro-electric power plants. The goal of the company is to become a 128000 MW company at least by 2032. The target is to now add around 14058 MW in its next plan. The turning points for this company came when it signed up with Sri Lanka and Ceylon electricity board for the setting up of a plant on their land so as to increase another 500 MW. another major MOU was signed with Japan which will enable the company to establish an alliance for the flow of information in these areas. These major steps along with a few more will catapult the company into a different growth trajectory.

    Revenues (INR Cr): 83819

    Profits (INR Cr.): 10719


    5) Coal India limited

    This company is the largest company in the world producing coal and these operations are done mostly through the 80 odd mining centers spanning across eight states in India.


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    More than 80% of the total coal production in India is done by Coal India Limited and is one of the largest in the world also. This company is controlled by the union government of India and also it was granted Maharatna status in the year 2011. It provides employment to around 335000 people under it. 50% of the total expenditure it incurred in a year was because of employee benefits. In order to acquire more coal blocks in and around India a joint venture with NTPC was formed in 2010 as a 50-50 partnership. The company initially had only 5 subsidiaries and then later on over the years it now has 7 wholly owned subsidiaries and another subsidiary which provides consultancy services for activities like planning, exploration etc. to all the other seven subsidiaries. There is also a wholly owned subsidiary in Mozambique, Africa; which is for the purpose of searching for coal mining in that country. The main blot on this company is what happened in 2011 when it was found that it was operating approximately 240 mines without any sort of environmental clearances whatsoever. It however claimed that the request for clearance was submitted to the Ministry of environment and forests; but this reason was not satisfying to the judiciary system in India.

    Revenues (INR Cr): 124976

    Profits (INR Cr.): 9265


    4) ONGC

    This company is headquartered in Dehradun, Uttarakhand. This is controlled by the ministry of petroleum and natural gas.


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    This company fulfills the demand of around 30% of the total demand in the country and produces about 80% of the total supply in the market. It is also the largest traded public-sector company in India. In a particular year it was noted to be the most profitable company in India among the public-sector companies and also it occupied the 1st position in the top 250 global energy companies. ONGC has their operations across about 17 countries all over the world. This includes refining, marketing, transportation, drilling, production and development of alternative energy resources along with petroleum products. The major joint ventures to be talked about when it comes to ONGC is ONGC Tripura power company and ONGC Petro additions limited. The primary products of ONGC are crude oil and the natural gas. The assets of this company are in short looked at by the number of basins, plants, refineries etc. ONGC Videsh limited, a company that is responsible for all the foreign operations of ONGC acquired Talisman Energy’s 25% equity shares in a project called the great Nile oil project. After SBI this is the only second company that got a coin issued in its commemoration of the 50th anniversary. In 2012 ONGC made an announcement that they had found an oil field which would make its overall capacity increase drastically. From then on, the profits also have never dipped.

    Revenues (INR Cr): 136367

    Profits (INR Cr.): 20497


    3) HPCL

    HPCL is one of the largest companies in India. Oil and natural gas corporation owns around 51.11% shares in HPCL.


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    This company stands at 360+ place on the fortune global 500 list of the largest companies in the world in 2016. it has around 25% market share in India’s petroleum needs, and the refining capacity was 5.5 million metric tonnes in 1985 and this has increased over the years to almost around 15 metric tonnes in 2013. Even the profits of the company are fairly studied. This company was formed after the merger and acquisition by Esso Standard and Lube India limited. Also, the company has been nationalized and only a majority in the parliament can privatize this company. The main production centers of this company are in Mumbai and Vishakhapatnam. Other areas in which the production centers exist are Barmer, Mangalore, Bathinda etc. HPCL has the one of the biggest refinery which produces lube base oils. These are of international standard and this refinery satisfies a total of 40% of the overall lube production and that too in more than 100 varieties. There are 13 zonal offices and approximately 100 other regional offices. The marketing of this company is phenomenal. All the operations of the company are supported by a very good technology at the back end. The IT center for this company is in Hyderabad. HPCL was once upon a time 10th most valuable brand in India according to a survey done by economic times.

    Revenues (INR Cr): 191196

    Profits (INR Cr.): 8235


    2) BPCL

    This is another Maharatna company which is headquartered in Mumbai.


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    The two most important refineries of this company are located in Mumbai and Kochi, and it once occupied 350+ place in the fortune global 500 list of the world’s biggest companies. This company had the support from the international player- shell. Therefore, the initial years growth was not a problem. It was incorporated on November 3rd in the year 1952. The refinery in Mumbai was responsible for introducing the LPG cooking fuel to the homes of the people. The company saw a good turning point when it introduces the Beyond LPG offer to the Bharat gas customers. This service is accompanied with value added services and discounts which was launched only in two cities at a initial stage. Then later on it again capitalized on differentiation and value proposition by introducing speed petrol in Vishakhapatnam for the new age vehicles. It also partnered with companies like HUL and Honda which are not even in the same business as that of BPCL. Apart from these strategic ventures it also signed a partnership agreement with ONGC so that they could extract advantages in activities like exploration. Innovation for this company was always at the top priority and so the outcomes were sometimes in the form of vehicle care centers, speed97 etc. all in all the company has good growth potential.

    Revenues (INR Cr): 204241

    Profits (INR Cr.): 9506


    1) IOCL

    This company is one of the top most public-sector companies in India and also it was ranked 1st in the fortune India 500 list.


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    Also, IOCL secured the 160+ place in the fortune’s global 500 list of the world’s largest companies for 2017. The company employs more than 33000 people and at least half of these employees are in management positions. The company is into refining, exploration, and marketing and transportation of petroleum products. Mainly the activity is the refining of petroleum. Recently the company has put its money in alternative energy solutions. It has a very strong research and development arm in Faridabad, Delhi NCR. The company has subsidiaries in many countries and some of them also include the ones in Sri Lanka and Mauritius. The company is still on the lookout for strategic partnerships in the middle east and for exploration. In India itself the company has got partnerships with around 20 players. It accounts for almost more than half of the total demand and market share of petroleum in India. It operates 11 refineries out of the total 23 refineries that are operational in India. It recently had a partnership with ola and started a charging station which was the first in India. This single step towards innovative solutions and coping with the need of the hour always ensures that this company is on the top of the list of India’s best public-sector companies.

    Revenues (INR Cr): 359822

    Profits (INR Cr.): 19849


    Ranking Methodology:

    1. Consider the largest PSU companies in India

    2. Parameters like revenues and profits are taken and given weightages of 0.6 and 0.4

    3. The score is calculated and the final rankings are evaluated.


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    The car companies also known as automotive manufacturers is one of the world’s most important economic sector by revenue. This includes a wide range of companies and organizations involved in the design, development, manufacturing, marketing, and selling of motor vehicles, some of them are called automakers. The top car companies in the world sell a range of vehicles like sedans, hatchbacks, SUVs, trucks, buses etc. The list of top car brands in the world include Toyota, Volkswagen, Daimler, GM followed by Ford, Honda, SAIC, BMW etc. Here is a list of the top 10 car companies in the world 2018.


    Quick Glance:

    Below are the top 10 Car Brands in World 2018:

    1st Place : Toyota

    2nd Place : Volkswagen

    3rd Place : Daimler

    4th Place : General Motors

    5th Place : Ford Motor

    6th Place : Honda Motors

    7th Place : SAIC

    8th Place : BMW

    9th Place : Nissan

    10th Place : Fiat Chrysler

    For more details about rankings and parameters, read on.


    Top Car Brands 2018 with Ranking Parameters (Revenue, Market Cap):


    10. Fiat Chrysler

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is one of the leading car companies in the world.


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    The company engaged in the designing, engineering, manufacturing and selling of vehicles and related parts and services, components and production systems. The company has its operations and customer base worldwide through 150+ state-of-the art manufacturing facilities, many R&D centers, and dealers and distributors in nearly 150 countries. In 2014, the company was formed by bringing together Fiat and Chrysler into a new holding company, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. The company is among the top car companies in terms of revenue. The list of brands that the company works with are Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Fiat, Jeep, Maserati etc the parts and service brand. The Group’s businesses also include engineering and manufacturing of iron, steel, systems etc. The total employee strength of the firm is around 236,000 employees generating a total revenue of 100+ billion euros. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles also engages in the mass production of self-driving vehicles by collaborating with Waymo which is refereed to as the first-of-its kind collaboration. The company has already delivered Pacifica Hybrid minivans to Waymo which was adapted for self-driving during the second half of 2016 and an additional 500 in 2017.


    Revenue (Bn $): 116.96

    Market Cap (Bn $): 30.72


    9. Nissan Motor

    Nissan Motor Corporation is a Japanese automaker having been established in the year 1933 at the Yokohama city in Japan.


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    Since then the company has evolved itself into a truly global company and has a strong global presence across all continents. The company is involved in the sales and manufacturing of automotive products such as automobiles, trucks and buses as well as other related auto-products. The company has its manufacturing facilities in as many as 20 countries worldwide and customers in more than 160 different nations.  The company owns a diverse range of world renowned brands which operates to produce a wide variety of products. The company’s well known revolutionary products ranges from the 100% electric Nissan Leaf to the super-performer Nismo. The company is also heavily investing in a portfolio of "green" technologies which includes clean diesels, efficient internal-combustion engines and hybrids. The company also gives special focus on the producing the zero emission vehicles, such as electric cars and fuel cell vehicles. Nissan is also known for its operations through forming strategic alliances. Renault currently has roughly around 43 percent share of Nissan while the Japanese carmaker has a 15 percent stake in its French counterpart. According to a recent report, there are chances that a deal would end the current alliance between the companies and marry them as one corporation. On September 2017 Nissan acquired a $2.2 billion controlling stake in Mitsubishi and hence making Mitsubishi an equal partner in the Renault-Nissan Alliance. The new name of the alliance now runs as Renault–Nissan–Mitsubishi Alliance.


    Revenue (Bn $): 108.16

    Market Cap (Bn $): 43.85


    8. BMW group

    BMW group abbreviated as Bayerische Motoren Werke Group is one of the leading manufacturers of premium automobiles and motorcycles in the world.


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    Besides, the company also acts as the provider of premium financial and mobility services. The company trace back its inception in the year 1916 with its current headquarter in Munich, Germany and it has evolved itself as a truly global company with as many as 30+ production and assembly facilities in many countries and a global sales network. The company’s total employee strength is 120,000+ out of which around 90 percent of the employees are in automobile segment. BMW major models includes BMWi which is electric vehicles leading the way in alternative drive trains, lightweight design and aerodynamics, BMW M which is a pioneer in authentic motor-racing functionality with exclusive, sporty aesthetic appeal, Mini, Mini John Cooper Works, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars which is a very popular premium segment automobile and Motorrad, the motorcycle brand. The company is owned mostly by The Quandt family who are long-term shareholders of the company while the remaining stocks are owned by public float. BMW has a tradition of exceptional innovations. The company was the first to design aircraft engine with aluminum piston in the year 1917. It also designed the BMW328 which was the most successful car of 1930s by making its chassis lightweight and aluminum cylinder heads. Infact, the company has a significant motorsport history, especially in touring cars, Formula 1, sports cars and the Isle of Man TT. According to the recent report, more than 20 BMWs are participating in the Formula One.


    Revenue (Bn $): 104.13

    Market Cap (Bn $): 70.28


    7. SAIC Motor

    SAIC Motor Corporation Limited is the largest Chinese automaker enlisted in the Fortune 500 Global list.


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    The company has made to the elite list twelfth time in a row, reflecting on the company’s ever-expanding business. The company is also considered as belonging to the “Big 4” Chinese car brands owned by the government and has its headquarter in Shanghai, China but is operating worldwide. The company’s main business includes vehicles, components, auto trade & services, and financing. SAIC Motor has been dominating the auto market in China since 2006.with its current Domestic market share stands at around 23%. The Company has a new SAIC plant coming up in Thailand and is involved in constructing the vehicle and auto-parts park in Indonesian. They have also negotiated for the acquisition of GM India factory. In the international operation, the Company has witnessed a higher sales volume in the overseas key regional markets where the sales of MG brand and Maxus light commercial vehicles both increased by 20% and 53% respectively.  The company also operates through many joint ventures with renowned brands. Along with VW, SAIC has sold more than two million cars in China alone. SGMW maintained the first place in the sales market of vehicles in China and successfully broke into Top four companies with the largest sales volume of passenger vehicles in the domestic market.


    Revenue (Bn $): 113.86

    Market Cap (Bn $): 62.91


    6. Honda Motor

    Honda Motor Company is a Japanese multinational automotive and motorcycle company with its presence all around the globe.


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    The company deals in automobiles, aircraft, motorcycles, and power equipment and even boasts about running of Honda equipment or vehicles in all seven different continents including Antarctica. The company was incorporated in 1948 by Soichiro Honda and is headquartered at Tokyo, Japan. Honda is the sixth largest automobile manufacturer in the world behind Toyota, Volkswagen Group, Daimler, General Motors and Ford Motors among Fortune 500 Global companies.  Founded in Japan in the year 1948, Honda have had a tremendous journey to being one of the leading manufacturers of the world. From opening of its first U.S. outlet in in 1950s, the company quickly grew fast to become a global brand.  Honda Motor became the first car company from Japan to be a net exporter from the United States, exporting 100,000+ Honda and Acura models, while importing 85000+. The Honda Clarity Series Cars which are the plug-in hybrid electric and hydrogen fuel cell powered vehicles has been named 2018 Green Car of the Year. Honda has some of the leading car brands and variants selling worldwide, namely City, CRV etc.


    Revenue (Bn $): 129.2

    Market Cap (Bn $): 62.12


    5. Ford Motor

    Ford Motor Company is an American multinational automaker incorporated in Delaware in the year 1919.


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    The company started by acquiring the business of a Michigan company, also known as Ford Motor Company, which had been incorporated in 1903 to produce and sell automobiles designed and engineered by Henry Ford. With about 200,000 employees worldwide, the Company makes and services a full line of Ford cars, trucks, electric vehicles etc. Ford Motors vehicle brands includes Ford and Lincoln. In 2017, the company sold approximately 6,500,000+ vehicles at wholesale throughout the world. The company has multiple consolidated and unconsolidated Joint ventures. The consolidated Joint ventures includes Ford Lio Ho Motor Company Ltd., Ford Sollers Netherlands B.V and Ford Vietnam Limited. The unconsolidated joint ventures AutoAlliance (Thailand) Co., Ltd., Changan Ford Automobile Corporation, Ltd., Ford Otomotiv Sanayi Anonim Sirket, JMC, etc.  Ford emerged comeback story from the Great Recession of 2008 is a model for inspiration. The company achieved this feat through restructuring and re-energizing its business. The company has had the achievement of being one of the companies having the highest sales in US. The company has also launched multiple models the previous year which includes F-150, EcoSport, Focus Electric, all-new Fiesta and all-new Expedition, and an all-new Lincoln Navigator.


    Revenue (Bn $): 151.8

    Market Cap (Bn $): 45.2


    4. General Motors

    General Motors is a global automotive company established in the year 1908.


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    With its global headquarter at Detroit, USA, the company operates in five continents across many countries. With an employee strength of 180,000 from 70+ nationalities, the company has a very diverse and dedicated team. General Motors functions with eight renowned distinctive brands across the globe which includes, Buick, GMC, Cadillac, Holden, Baojun, Wuling, and Jiefang. The company offers vehicles ranging from electric cars to heavy-duty full-sized trucks which talks volume about the firm’s global reach. The company has shown a remarkable performance the previous year. In 2017, the company delivered 9 million vehicles globally through its dealers which counts to over 12,450 selling vehicles in 125 different countries. General Motors is also going to open five new manufacturing facilities in China by this year end to support sales of nearly 5 million vehicles annually. The company also created the affordable all-electric Chevrolet bolt EV which offers up to an EPA-estimated 238 miles of pure electric range on a full charge. The company has been appreciated multiple times for its quality and performance. Chevrolet won the 2016 Motor Trend car and truck of the year, it has 19 2016-models with a 5-star overall vehicle score which is more than any manufacturer selling in USA and Chevrolet Volt is two-times winner of the Green Car of the Year Award. General Motors designed the crash test dummies which is now a global standard for frontal crash testing. It is also the first North American Auto Manufacturer to build a roll over test facility.


    Revenue (Bn $): 166.38

    Market Cap (Bn $): 52.57


    3. Daimler

    Daimler AG is one of the world’s biggest producer and supplier of premium cars and commercial vehicles all around the world.


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    The company has strong presence through Mercedes-Benz passenger vehicles, Daimler Trucks, Vans, Buses and Financial Services the company has its global presence in multiple domains. The company, Mercedes-Benz is also a specialist in all-terrain four wheel drive brands. In the year 2017, the company sales risen to 3.3 million altogether with Mercedes Benz accounting for 2.4 million of them which is more than ever before. The company recorded a revenue of 163.4 billion euros, again showing a jump of 7 percent as compared to the previous year. China has been one of the core reason for this remarkable performance by the group which saw a 28 percent rise in the sale of Mercedes-Benz. The company also performed exceedingly well in electric cars segment as 136,000 electric smart models were sold worldwide. Mercedes-Benz Cars also sets an unprecedented series of record of increasing its unit sales every month for more than four years – without a break. In April2017, unit sales grew compared with the prior-year month for the 50th month in succession. As a measure for future, Daimler is cooperating with Bosch to advance the development of highly automated driving and driverless cars.


    Revenue (Bn $): 169.48

    Market Cap (Bn $): 90.56


    2. Volkswagen

    Volkswagen Group is the second largest manufacturer of the world with its headquarter in Wolfsburg, Lower Saxony, Germany.


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    The group consists of two divisions: the automotive divisions and the financial services divisions. The automotive divisions further comprise of the passenger cars, the commercial vehicles and the Power engineering business areas. The vision of The Volkswagen passenger cars is “Moving people and driving them forward”. The Group has a reputation of owning big car names like Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Audi, SEAT, Skoda, etc. In the year 2017, the company achieved a new record by delivering 1.07 crores vehicles worldwide. With its employee strength of around 6,42,300 the group is one of the largest employers in private sector. In the previous fiscal year, the sales revenue of the firm stood at 230.7 billion euro which is an increase by 6.2% year-on-year. The sales of Volkswagen passenger cars in 2017 totaled 3.6 million vehicles as compared to 4.3 million of the previous year. The decline was mainly because of the reclassification of the companies in the group. However, during the same period the company produced 6.3 million vehicles which was 4 % more than the previous year. In August,2017 the company rolled out its 150 millionth vehicle from assembly line at Volkswagen’s main plant in Wolfsburg. The company has launched its "TOGETHER – Strategy 2025" future program in order to transform its automotive core business and will among other things be launching a further 30-plus fully electric cars by 2025.


    Revenue (Bn $): 240.26

    Market Cap (Bn $): 99.73


    1. Toyota Motors

    Toyota Motor Corporation is the largest automaker of the world. It is a Japanese multinational firm having a global presence.


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    With its headquarter in Aichi, Japan, the company has grown to become the world’s fifth largest firm in terms of revenue. The company operates through more than 50 overseas manufacturing plants spread over 30 countries and regions of the world. This covers all the broad regions of the world including North America, Latin America, Africa, Asia-Oceania and Europe.  The company has reached its 75 years since inception very recently. To celebrate its 75th anniversary, the company has compiled 75 Years of Toyota. In the financial year 2017-18, the company gained a total revenue of 6.4% from the previous year. The company’s total sales stood at approx. 9 million vehicles worldwide generating a revenue of 29,000+ billion yen. Toyota Motors has a commitment towards innovations which help them towards a high performance in Motor-Sports. Toyota also takes initiatives to involve the customers towards the future they dream of. Toyota shows commitment to safety by Introducing the "Integrated Safety Management Concept". Through this the company supports the driver in each stage of driving (Parking, Active Safety, Pre-Collision Safety, Passive Safety and Rescue) by integrating each system.


    Revenue (Bn $): 254.69

    Market Cap (Bn $): 206.06


    Ranking Methodology:

    1. The leading car companies in the world are considered.

    2. Parameters like revenues and market cap are taken and given weightages of 60% and 40% respectively.

    3. A final score is calculated and the rankings are evaluated.


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    Ecommerce sector is growing with double digit growth rate. Retail ecommerce sales able to achieve a figure of 2.3 trillion US dollars. It has been forecasted that by 2021, it will touch figure of around 4.8 trillion US dollars. U.S & China amounted to sales of worth 1.6 trillion US dollars which accounts 70% of the overall ecommerce sales in the world. Ecommerce growth rate in U.S was close to 15% and overall ecommerce sector in Asia-Pacific region had grown at a rate of 30%. Below listed companies are the world’s top 10 ecommerce sites if revenue and growth rate is taken into consideration while ranking them. The top ecommerce companies include names like Amazon, JD, Walmart, Alibaba followed by Booking.com, Rakuten, Shopify etc. Here is a list of the top 10 eCommerce companies in the world 2018.

    Quick Glance:

    Below are the top eCommerce Companies in World 2018:

    1st Place : Amazon

    2nd Place : JD.com

    3rd Place : Alibaba

    4th Place : Walmart

    5th Place : Booking Holdings

    6th Place : Shopify

    7th Place : Rakuten

    8th Place : Otto

    9th Place : eBay

    10th Place : Asos

    For more details about rankings and parameters, read on.


    10. Asos

    ASOS.com is a British online fashion store aimed at youngsters and adults having a popular brand recall.


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    It was founded by Nick Robertson and Quentin Griffiths in the year 2000 and is headquartered in Camden Town, at Greater London House and has its major fulfilment centre located in Barnsley, South Yorkshire. Asos sells over 80000 brands and has its own range of clothing. Asos.com is a global online beauty and fashion retailer offers menswear, womenswear, jewellery, footwear and beauty products. It ships their products over 140 countries through various warehouses in UK, China, US and Europe. ASOS basically abbreviated to the term AsSeenOnTheScreen limited. ASOS has over 4500 employees and is largest independent fashion online store in UK. Recently they launched a marketing campaign intended to take full advantage of the Instagram Stories’ feature encouraged users to upload pictures or videos of ASOS products and they were able to generate almost 3 million footprints in UK itself. By 2018 it has around 10 million downloads and app has a key feature that allows users to upload pictures of clothing they like and the app will return the product similar or close to the uploaded product.


    9. eBay

    eBay was founded by Pierre Omidyar in the year 1995, it is a ecommerce company based out in San Jose, California.


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    It provides people the option to buy or sell wide variety of products or services worldwide and it follows both B2C and C2C kind of business model. The company listed almost every saleable item by year 2000 and the business grew quickly. Company connect millions of buyers and sellers around the world. They used robust technology to power their platform which enables sellers to offer their inventory and list their items on their platform and let customers to find and purchase it, virtually anytime and anywhere. It has its operations in more than 30 countries. eBay has approximately 14,000 employees worldwide. It has around 170 million active buyers worldwide and able achieve GMV of $24.4 billion. For the Q4, eBay reported revenue of around $2.6 billion. It has crossed downloads of 391 million across the globe. It widely uses analytics to analyse the aspects of buying and selling behaviour so that they can enhance the customer experience. eBay had some of the biggest technology firms in the last years like Paypal, Skype, Stubhub etc. eBay generates revenue by charging the listing fees from sellers and some commission from sellers on the sale of product through their platform.


    8. Otto

    The Otto group is one of the biggest ecommerce companies mainly based in France and Germany and has its operations in more than 20 countries.


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    It was founded by Werner Otto as a mail order company in Hamburg, and in less than 2 years of its operations, Otto was able to increase its turnover by a factor of 5. In the year 1995, Otto goes online and made available extensive range of products online. The group offers new concept of variety of products and range to cater to the changing needs of the consumer in the retail sector. The company now provides services related to logistics, transport and quality services to the companies outside the group or to its partners. In the year 2000, Otto group was able to secure 2nd position in B2C business after Amazon. OTTO group was able to position itself as the world’s largest online retailer for fashion and lifestyle products. Otto also launched augmented reality stores where users can try on items from nearby Otto store in front of their webcam and later they can post their pics on social networking site like Facebook. Otto group incorporated new idea of open commerce where with the help of technology, it compliments its own fashion range by using user generated content comprising ideas from third parties. This gives customers new access to shop assortment.


    7. Rakuten

    Rakuten is a Japanese ecommerce company based in Tokyo and was founded by Hiroshi Mikitani 1977.


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    Rakuten is a Japanese word which means Optimism, is also called as Amazon of Japan, offering thousands of products online. It offers digital content, fin-tech solutions and ecommerce services to over 1 billion members around the world. It has total strength close to around 15,000 employees worldwide. It expands its operations through joint venture and acquisition. It acquired Buy.com, play.com, viber etc. to mark its presence in different countries. It also invested in companies like Pinterest, AHA life, Lyft, Acrons etc. and also it has its own online marketing business, Rakuten Marketing. The company went public in year 2000, at that time it had 2300 stores and 95 million page views per month making it as the most famous site in Japan. Rakuten was one of the first major companies which started accepting bitcoins for payments across its global marketplaces. Rakuten to market its platform signed one of the biggest deal with FC Barcelona, one of the most famous football team in Europe with its name appearing on players jerseys. In 2018, group purchased Marine and Asahi fire from one of the Japans leading bank Nomura for an estimated 46 billion yen. This will Rakuten’s first investment in general insurance sector and the Asahi will become company’s wholly owned subsidiary which will provide accident, fire and automotive insurance to corporate clients and various other consumers.


    6. SHOPIFY

    Shopify was founded by Tobias Lütke, Scott Lake and Daniel Weinand.


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    It is a Canadian ecommerce company having its headquarter in Ottawa, Ontario. This company is having more than 6 lakh merchants using its platform and shopify has been able to achieve Gross Merchandise value of $55 billion. The founders of Shopify firstly attempt to open online store for Snowboarding equipment’s and this startup was named as Snowdevil but they were unsatisfied with existing ecommerce products in the market which lead them to launch their own ecommerce platform known as Shopify. In 2009 they launched Shopify app store and API platform which can be used by developers to develop apps for online stores and sell those on Shopify app store. The app lets their online store owners to manage their stores using their mobile devices. Shopify has also been named as Ottawa’s fastest growing ecommerce company by Ottawa business journal in year 2010. The company then launched a Shopify payments platform which allowed consumers to pay directly through credit cards without requiring a third party payment gateway. The company went public in the year 2015 and was able to raise more than $131 million. Amazon.com announced the closure of its Amazon webstore services for its merchant and chose Shopify as a preferred migration provider and also, Amazon integrated with Shopify which allowed Shopify merchants to sell on Amazon from their Shopify store. This exercise actually helped Shopify in increasing their stock value by almost 10%.


    5. BOOKING HOLDINGS

    Booking holdings was earlier named as Priceline.com and it has its headquarter in US.


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    It was founded by JS Walker in the year 1997, and Priceline went public in the year 1999 and was able to generate $13 Billion through IPO. Price started its business by selling gasoline, groceries, telephone services, second hand goods, home mortgages, online travel site and new cars under its name your own price service. Priceline discontinue some services to focus more on travel business in the year 2000. Priceline was able to generate its first profit in the year 2001. Priceline also enters into retail hotel business in the year 2004 by acquiring a majority stake in TravelWeb. It also acquires Activehotel.com, an online hotel booking company in Europe. To grow further they acquired booking.com in the year 2005 which is now world’s largest accommodation website today. Priceline further acquired companies in online hotel space and surpassed Expedia to become India’s largest online hotel reservation service. Priceline group was also named as Fortune most admired company as well as most innovative company in the travel space. It operates its website in more than 40 languages and 200 countries. In 2016, it was able to sell more than 7 million air tickets through its platform, consumer booked 557 million room nights of accommodation and 66 million rental car days. One of its subsidiary rentalcars.com was awarded world’s leading car rental app.


    4. Walmart

    Walmart Inc. is an US retail giant and was founded by Sam Walton in the year 1962.


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    Walmart has more than 11000 stores and is operating across 28 countries under 58 different names. Walmart was able to generate $480 billion of revenue and was able establish it as world’s largest company by revenue according to Fortune Global 500 list in 2016. The revenue generated through its ecommerce operations is just 4% of its overall revenue. Walmart is famous among its customers because Walmart customers able to purchase products at very low price on any day. The reason behind selling items at lower price is that Walmart is able to achieve economies of scales. Walmart analyse large amount of user data which allows them to optimise their operations by predicting consumer’s habits. Now Walmart is focussing more on expanding online commerce. In year 2016, it acquired Jet.com to compete with Amazon.com. Walmart’s US ecommerce CEO considering doubling their warehouses for ecommerce to enhance consumers digital experience. In early 2006 when India had strict FDI regulations, Walmart announced a joint venture with Bharti Enterprise. Bharti enterprise would handle the front end retail stores and Walmart takes care of cold chain and logistics. Now Walmart is in talks to buy India’s ecommerce giant Flipkart at a valuation close to $20 billion. If the deal goes through, it will pose a great threat and competition to Amazon’s India ecommerce operations.


    3. Alibaba

    Alibaba is one of the China’s biggest ecommerce firms and was founded by 18 people led by Jack Ma, a former English teacher from Hangzhou in 1999.


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    Jack Ma believed that it will empower small businesses and will level the playing field by leveraging innovation and technology to compete in the global economies. They enable the businesses to transform their way of doing business by providing them fundamental technological infrastructure so that they can leverage the power of internet to engage with the users and customers. As the name suggests it opens for small- to medium-sized companies. Alibaba is the most valuable retailer in the world since 2014 and has its operations expanded in more than 200 countries. In year, 2018 it became the 2nd Asian company to break the $500 billion valuation mark. In the early phase Soft bank, Goldman Sachs invested heavily in Alibaba. In 2016, company was able to achieve GMV of $478 billion and aims to double it by 2020. The company accounted for 80% of the total online sales happening in their nation through their online portal in 2014 and feature around billion of products due to which it was featured in the world’s top 20 most visited sites. Alibaba is planning to spend 500 billion yuan over five years to build robust logistic network in China and around the world.


    2. JD.COM

    JD.COM is a Chinese B2C ecommerce company. Company is headquartered in Beijing, China.


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    Formerly it was known with a name 360buy and currently this platform has more than 260 million active users, who are engaged with offers, new products and much more. Company was founded by Liu Quiangdong in 1998, that’s why it is also known with a name Jingdong. The company firstly started its business as optical magneto store but soon they diversified, selling mobile phones, electronics etc. the company is making use of AI and high tech technology to improve its delivery system. JD.COM now offers wide variety of products, almost across every major category like FMCG, food, home appliances, apparel etc. They possess largest drone delivery system, robots and autonomous technology, delivery through drones. They are currently testing autonomous robots for making deliveries and also they are investing huge amount in building drone delivery airports, driverless deliveries using autonomous trucks etc. This company was able to achieve record by selling products of worth $19 billion in a single day in the year 2017. The company is also famous for its Jingteng’s plan, this strategy provides brand owners information about the accurate target consumer groups and helps merchants to achieve effective and accurate marketing which helps them in increasing their sales further. Walmart sold its ecommerce business in the year 2016 to JD.COM to get 5% equity stake in JD.COM. JD.COM is planning to increase its presence across Europe, UK and France in coming years.


    1. Amazon

    Amazon is an US based ecommerce giant. It was founded by Jeff Bezos on July 5, 1994.


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    It is the number 1 ecommerce company in the world if measured in terms of Market capitalization and revenue. Jeff Bezos firstly started it as online bookstore and later they diversified to sell whole range of products, which has now become the world’s largest online shopping platform. This can be found in company’s logo as well which has curved arrow shaped like smile representing from A to Z which suggests that company has every product from A to Z. Jeff Bezos initially named it as Cadabra, Inc but later it was named as Amazon which was the biggest river in the world and also Amazon was a place that was exotic and different. Amazon initially for almost 5 years did not make any profit due to its unusual business model. But Amazon survived and made first profit in the year 2001 that proved Bezos' unconventional business model could succeed. Amazon has nearly 3.5 Lakh employees and every employee works with a mindset that how they can create value for the customers. Due to such vision, Amazon was able to achieve $100 billion mark in annual revenues in the year 2015.Amazon has its presence in many countries and now investing huge amount of money to expand its operations in India as well. In year 2016, Jeff Bezos announced investment of $3 Billion in India. It announced to acquire Whole foods, a supermarket chain of 400 stores to strengthen its physical presence and to challenge Walmart’s supremacy in brick and mortar stores.


    Ranking Methodology:

    1. The leading ecommerce and online shopping brands are taken.

    2. Parameters like revenues and growth are taken and given weightages of 90% and 10% respectively.

    3. A final composite score is calculated and the rankings are derived.



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    The insurance industry has been dynamic and very much competitive in recent years. The insurance industry is on the verge of getting disrupted for which technological changes, customers’ expectations for 24 hours service and changes in regulations and standards are cited as the main reasons. Hence, the whole insurance marketplace is getting redefined. The top insurance companies include names like Berkshire Hathaway, AXA, Ping An followed by Allianz, Japan Post, Prudential etc. Here is the list of the top 10 Insurance companies in world 2018 based on Revenues and Profits.


    Quick Glance :

    Below are the biggest and Top Insurance Companies in the world 2018:

    1st Place : Berkshire Hathaway

    2nd Place : AXA

    3rd Place : Ping AN

    4th Place : Allianz

    5th Place : Japan Post

    6th Place : Prudential

    7th Place : China Life

    8th Place : Generali

    9th Place : People's Insurance Company of China

    10th Place : Metlife

    For More details about rankings and parameters, read on.


    Top Insurance Companies 2018 with Ranking Parameters (Revenue, Profits):


    10. MetLife Inc

    Metlife originated in year 1868 and since then has contributed a lot in financial services providing insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management.


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    Metlife is headquartered in NewYork, USA. With employee base of 58000 it is a well-known leader in insurance world for innovation and for splendid protection planning and launch of solutions in retirement and savings. It has five segments- Asia, USA, Europe, Latin America, Middle East and Africa and Metlife Holdings. Through organic growth, acquisitions, joint ventures and other partnerships, they have strong global presence over 60 countries. In 2013, Metlife foundation has committed to have financial inclusion of low-income and poor individuals and families. For this, now they follow five-year plans of $200 million. The company through MetLife Customer Solutions Center has become much customer focused and provide them security and trust. Metlife customer service has employed 2,100 representatives and sales agents who attend and resolve around 32 million pre-sales and post sales problems of customers. This company is ranked 10th in its 2018 top Insurance companies list.

    Parameters ($billion)

    Revenue: 64.4

    Profit: 4.4


    9. The People’s Insurance Company (PICC)

    The People’s Insurance Company (Group) of China Limited was established in 1949 headquartered in Beijing, China.


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    Within 69 years, it succeeded to becoming among the top insurance companies in the world. It is a state-owned company which promotes insurance services through Asset Management company Limited and Property and Casualty Company limited- its two subsidiaries. This company provides a variety of insurance services ranging from Property and Casualty, Life and health insurance, Asset management and Reinsurances inside the group. With employee base of more than 1lac, company worked a lot towards marketization and prevention of financial risks in P&C insurance. In face of the complex and fierce market competition, this segment strengthened strategic guidance, redesigned organizational structure, inspired and implemented proactive financial policy, assessed market benchmarking and promoted upgrades. The result is remarkable with an increase of 20% on annual net income. This company is ranked 9th in its 2018 Insurance companies list.

    Parameters ($billion)

    Revenue: 70

    Profit: 2.4


    8. Generali

    Generali is one of the largest insurance companies in the world.


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    Generali offers a variety of solutions to the customers like life insurance, health insurance and other financial services. The company has a strong worldwide presence and has operations in more than 100 countries worldwide. Generali has an expert workforce which provides solutions to customers based on their needs and requirements. The company is based out of Italy and was found in the year 1831. The subsidiary brands of the company includes names like Genertel, Alleanza Toro, Ina Assitalia, Europ Assistance Group. The Generali group has a strong customer base in Europe and has over the last few years had a strong presence in America, Asia and Africa as well. With a good brand value, the company has established in the minds of the consumers through various marketing and advertising activities. The company has sponsored several global events as well as sports teams in Italy, France and other European countries.

    Parameters ($billion)

    Revenue: 93.1

    Profit: 2.4


    7. China Life Insurance

    China Life Insurance Company Limited was established in 2003 headquartered in Beijing, china.


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    This 70% state-owned firm is a leading life insurance company and one of the largest asset management firm in China. Apart from individual and group life insurance services, it also provides a wide variety of insurances such as accident and health insurance, reinsurance, Fund investment both long term and short term. Being customer-oriented, the Company started its business process reengineering, constructed a new business model and technological infrastructure. In order to ease and improve customer experience and operational efficiency, it launched more than 20 new applications. In this way, the Company has taken a remarkable step towards technological transformation and now started working in an Internet-based operation and management mode. With the help of largest market share in terms of Gross written premiums, the company reinforced first-mover advantage in rural markets and improved competitive atmosphere in large- and medium sized cities. 

    Parameters ($billion)

    Revenue: 97.1

    Profit: 6


    6. Prudential

    Prudential Financial Inc. was founded in 1872 in Ohio, USA.


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    It basically has insurance and investments as two primary businesses however, it also engages in additional insurance specialties through its subsidiaries and affiliates. The employee strength is around 50,000. It scored rank 111 in Forbes Global 2000 list of 2018. In 2018, the company decided to divide up into two entities. M&G Prudential is one of the leading retirement and savings businesses in UK and Europe. Another group i.e. the international Group will combine Asia, US and Africa businesses and will take advantage of growth opportunities here. Throughout the demerger process, the company has kept customer as topmost priority. In 2017, the Group published its first environmental, social and governance report, demonstrating that how it deals with stakeholders and customers alike with the same sense of responsibility and commitment and how it engages with investors and regulators on ESG risks and solutions. Apart from core business activities, the company also focusses on financial education, disaster preparedness and social inclusion. 

    Parameters ($billion)

    Revenue: 111.5

    Profit: 3.1


    5. Japan Post Holdings

    With a huge employee base of around 2.5 lacs, this company is the Number One Japanese insurance company headquartered in Tokyo.


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    Japan Post Insurance company Limited offers Life insurance, medical insurance, automobile insurance and Education endowment in addition to ordinary endowments. It connects and sells to customers through agencies and its own post offices which can be found in every corner of the country as bases of operations. Using Post offices helps it in two ways- nation wide network availability and reach to individuals and households. With regards to products and services, it promoted an initiative called “Kampo Platinum Life Service” to offer elderly customer-friendly services that emphasize a sense of security and trust by improving contacts with all of its customers-individuals and corporates. The group is ranked 45th in Forbes Global 2000 List 2018. The company has wholesale divisions placed in 76 major cities nationwide. Through these units, products and services are sold directly and primarily to corporate and worksite markets. From April 2017, use of IBM Watson in daily business improved operational efficiency. This Insurance division of this company is ranked 5th in its 2018 Insurance companies list.

    Parameters ($billion)

    Revenue: 116.6

    Profit: 0.4


    4. Allianz Insurance

    Allianz Insurance was established in 1890 in Munich, Germany.


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    Since then, this company has been very competitive in insurance industry and now operates in 70+ countries around the world with 1,43000 workforces. In 2018, Allianz is ranked among the top Forbes Global 2000 list. With core businesses in Insurance and Asset management, it offers a wide range of property-casualty and life/health insurance products to both retail and corporate customers. For P&C segment, these include motor, accident, property, general liability, travel insurance and assistance services. It is the leading P&C insurer worldwide and comes in top five in the Life/Health insurance business. The Allianz group has come a long way and delivered net income of $6.8 billion in this year in spite of numerous natural disasters. For this success, the company gives credit to the global strategy program “Renewal Agenda”. Under this program, they started focus on Technical excellence and Customer satisfaction which helped them in 3% growth in annual revenue. The customer satisfaction has reached above average level in more than 60% of the businesses. According to Brand Finance, Allianz has the second highest brand value of all the global insurance companies. This brand is known for quality and expertise, trust and reliability- all these attributes have been intact with Allianz in the last few decades.

    Parameters ($billion)

    Revenue: 122.5

    Profit: 7.7


    3. Ping AN Insurance

    Ping AN Insurance among the top insurance companies in the world.


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    This company was established in 1988 with its headquarter in Shenzen, China. The firm has approximately 320,000+ dynamic workforce and is the largest and most valuable insurer of the world, worth $217 billion as of January 2018. It operates through three subsidiaries namely Ping An Bank, Ping An Securities and Ping An Trust. According to Brand Finance, this company has the highest brand value among all Insurance companies internationally. It comes in rank 16 in Forbes Global 2000 list of 2018. The company has positioned itself as World leading technology powered Personal Finances services group. It has two focuses- Pan Financial assets and Pan Health Care and two growth models- Finance plus Technology and Finance plus Ecosystem. It has achieved continuous CAGR of 25-29% in Total earnings and Total assets since many years. It is engaged in a diverse variety of businesses such as Life and Health, Property and casualty, Banking, Trust, Securities, Fintech and Health-tech and other Asset management. Ping An Bank’s retail strategic transformation generated positive effects as the bank’s revenue and net profit from retail banking grew by 41.7% and 68.3% year on year respectively.

    Parameters ($billion)

    Revenue: 141.6

    Profit: 13.9


    2. AXA

    AXA is a very old company which was established in 1852 in Paris, France.


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    The name was intentionally chosen so as to be easily pronounced by people belonging to any language. It has presence in Asia, North America, Western Europe and the Middle East with workforce of approximately 100,000. This company is specialized in Life, Health, Protection and P&C commercial lines segments. With approx 100 million customers in 56 nations worldwide, the company scored rank 27 in Forbes 2000 list of 2018. Recently, the group has restructured its organization and divided itself into six segments of operation – International, France, Asia, USA, Europe and Transversal and Central Holdings. For expanding customer reach to SMEs and individuals, it is developing Parametric Insurance solutions through AXA Global Para metrics unit. AXA works not only in insurance field but also in banking, asset management, investment and other financial branches. It distributes products through exclusive and non-exclusive channels including exclusive agents, salaried sales forces, direct sales, banks, as well as brokers, independent financial advisors, aligned distributors or wholesale distributors and partnerships.

    Parameters ($billion)

    Revenue: 149.9

    Profit: 6.7


    1.  Berkshire Hathaway

    Berkshire Hathaway is a conglomerate holding company headquartered in Nebraska, USA.


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    With a shareholder equity of $348 billion, Berkshire Hathaway is one of the oldest player in insurance industry which had been established in 1839. Its products and services are available through individual agencies and brokers. It is engaged in a diverse number of business activities among which Insurance and Reinsurance business are primary ones. These two businesses are conducted through numerous domestic and foreign based insurance entities. In 2014, by forming Berkshire Hathaway specialty Insurance this company entered into commercial insurance. With Asian regional offices in Singapore, Hongkong, Malaysia and Macau, BHSI recently has established an office in Dubai where it concentrates on specialty and commercial insurance in the lines of construction, marine, property, casualty, energy, professional and executive. Berkshire’s insurance companies maintain capital strength at exceptionally high levels, which differentiates them from their competitors. The company has an employee base of approx. 3.6 lacs.

    Parameters ($billion)

    Revenue: 235.2

    Profit: 39.7


    Rank Methodology:

    1. Top 20 companies are shortlisted from all over the world.

    2. Parameters like Revenue & Profits are chosen.

    3. Weightages of 70% & 30% are given respectively and the total is calculated to evaluate the ranks.


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    Television is an area which has remained intact in the human lifestyle since 1934 when first TV was introduced. Many technologies and electronics devices entered and left but this device is the one which kept evolving technologically and its sales increased only. From black and white to Large seamless TV screens, Television has grown vigorously in the last 84 years not only in look and feel but also in size, services and features. The list of top TV brands has names like Samsung, LG, Sony, TCL followed by Hisense, Sharp, Panasonic etc. Here are the top 10 TV brands in the world 2018.

    Quick Glance :

    Below are the biggest and Top TV Brands in the world 2018:

    1st Place : Samsung

    2nd Place : LG Electronics

    3rd Place : TCL

    4th Place : Sony

    5th Place : Hisense

    6th Place : Sharp

    7th Place : Panasonic

    8th Place : Skyworth

    9th Place : Vizio

    10th Place : Toshiba

    For More details about rankings and parameters, read on.


    Top TV Brands 2018 with Ranking Parameters :


    10. Toshiba

    Toshiba Corporation is a Japanese conglomerate headquartered in Tokyo. Being 142 years old, it is the oldest company in our list.


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    It makes a variety of products in communications, electronics, electricals and medical domain, and it made the first Japanese transistor television in 1959. In 2000s, Toshiba used to supply televisions manufactured by Orion Electric under its own brand name. BY 2006, it stopped production of Cathode ray and Plasma TVs and made considerable investment in Digital TVs and LCD displays. Because of the 2015 accounting scandal, Toshiba lost a large piece of its market value and got into indebtedness. Hisense recently acquired Toshiba and is continued to sell TVs under Toshiba brand. In 2018, it has unveiled a series of TVs which will compete biggest rivals in price affordability with identical technology and amazing experience. Toshiba is one of the leading TV brands which has is presence spread across the world. Customers have a wide variety of TV options available which includes wifi enabled internet browsing, HDMI, USB inputs etc. Toshiba ensures that the brand has a strong brand recall owing to excellent advertising and marketing through TVCs, online ads, OOH, billboards etc.

    Parameters (S in $billion)

    Market Share: 2

    Revenue: 6.15

    Market Cap: 0.034


    9. Vizio

    Vizio is an American company headquartered in California and was founded in 2002.


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    Vizio is known for aggressively marketing televisions on price and beating competition. It sells mainly television sets and within five years of its launch, it was able to sell approx 6 lacs TVs in America in 2007, as a result became the largest seller of LCD TV. It got overwhelmed by such positive response and expanded to sell internationally. Now it sells almost all kinds of contemporary televisions. Vizio aims to deliver high performance smarter products at cheap price. Recently, it launched premium quality Quantum 4k HDR smart TV which it boasts to give immersive natural viewing experience along with unparalleled smart home functionalities. The company has got a strong distribution network, which enables the TVs to be available for sale at different geographies. Moreover, with the growing impact of ecommerce brands and online shopping, the availability of Vizio TVs through various channels gives the business a huge boost.

    Parameters (S in $billion)

    Market Share: 2.5

    Revenue: 3.5

    Market Cap: 3.3


    8. Skyworth

    Hong Kong Skyworth Digital Holdings Co. Ltd. was founded 30 years back in 1988 at Guangdong, China.


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    This company is also an OEM which means it lets retail sell televisions under their own brand name instead of Skyworth. It is a well-known brand in China and won several awards & recognition in television sector since 2011, and has constantly provided customers with the best technology & features. By 2014, its brand value rose to 8.98 billion USD after growing non-stop for six consecutive years. Skyworth sell televisions under the brand name Coocaa and is the world’s first to release Full color Gamut4K TV. By 2014, it also came in the cluster of companies selling highly demanded OLED TVs along with LCD and LED ones. After constant efforts of 30 years, Skyworth deserves to be in 8th position globally because it adhered to its belief of making core industries strong and relevant industries big. A wide range of TVs give the customers plenty of options to chose from. The company keeps on investing in research and development so that the latest in consumer electronics can be served to the customer. The business of Skyworth is also shining across the world due to its excellent distribution and availability through multi brand retail outlets and through ecommerce portals.

    Parameters (S in $billion)

    Market Share: 3.8

    Revenue: 5.45

    Market Cap: 2.142


    7. Panasonic

    Panasonic Corporation formerly known as Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. was established in Osaka, Japan in 1918.


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    In primitive years, it used to manufacture lightbulb sockets, Bicycle lamps under the brand name “National”. It was in 1950s when the company started manufacturing 17-inch monochrome TV and by end of 1970s started exporting televisions from Japan to US and Europe. From 2006 onwards, Panasonic stopped production of Analog televisions and focussed completely on digital TVs. It moved very aggressively and fast in flat screen Televisions segment and quickly became popular in Plasma TVs worldwide. In 2010, Panasonic is among the firsts to bring 3D TV in 152-inch size which was the largest among all the rival companies. These TV comes with 3D glasses and Blue-ray disc players. In 2011, Panasonic acquired Sanyo electric co. ltd. making it a wholly subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation. Because of sudden explosion of LED/LCD TVs in the market and aggressive marketing by competitors, Panasonic which claimed Plasma TVs to be leading in the market got folded in a corner which compelled it to withdraw from US TV market by 2017. Still, its television is very easily available in other parts of the world. Now it makes LED,LCD,4k UHD and even OLED TV models which only LG and Sony makes in this industry. Like other manufacturers, Panasonic ahs also witnessed double digit growth in TV sale.

    Parameters (S in $billion)

    Market Share: 2.9

    Revenue: 18.74

    Market Cap: 17.9


    6. Sharp

    By being 105 years old, Sharp is a very old electronics company in our list based out in Sakai, Japan.


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    Surprisingly, it got its name from the founder’s first invention ie the world popular ever-sharp mechanical pencil. Its electronics journey started from Japanese Radio sets, calculators and basic amplifiers and receivers. It was in 1980s when sharp partnered with Nintendo and produced the first Sharp Nintendo television. Television business was going well until 2005 when its business started experiencing huge loss.  In 2016, Foxconn Electronics acquired sharp brand. Despite its troubles, it remained a world leader in Liquid Crystal Display technology and a leading TV brand. Sharp re-entered Television industry with a bang and launched LED, LCD and UHD televisions under very popular Aquos brand. The speciality of these TVs is Quattron technology which not only gives unique colours identical to nature but also is environment and power friendly.

    Parameters (S in $billion)

    Market Share: 4.2

    Revenue: 17.48

    Market Cap: 4.422


    5. Hisense

    Hisense is one of the largest TV manufacturer brands in the world.


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    It was established in 1969 around by Government of China in Shandong and has since then become one of the most prominent TV companies worldwide. It has two companies namely Hisense Electric and Hisense Kelon electrical holdings along with many other subsidiaries. It has 13 manufacturing units across china and sell products across 130 countries. It is well known as Original Equipment manufacturer for making electronic goods to be marketed by other companies. In 2015, it started selling televisions in the brand name of Sharp in America. In 2017, it bought 65% share in Toshiba TV business taking a leap in the Television market shares. Hisense grew mainly because of frequent purchase of technology from foreign firms such as Toshiba, Qualcomm among many others. Decade 1990s was a boon to the company as it acquired 10 failing electronic companies and leveraged itself in technology, innovation and size. Understanding the importance of R&D, it invests a lot of capital in this domain- 5% of the annual revenue which made it the leader in laser Display technology. Hisense primarily focussed on flat panel TVs which is number one in China in the last 12 consecutive years. It developed the world’s first laser Cinema TV in 2014. In CES awards, its TV model ULED and 4k Laser Cast won “Global display tech gold award of the year” in 2015 and 2017 respectively. Hisense believes that high level of quality creates strong long lasting reliable products and for this continued innovation and great service is very important.

    Parameters (S in $billion)

    Market Share: 6

    Revenue: 5.256

    Market Cap: 2.25


    4. Sony Electronics

    Today’s Sony started its journey long back in 1955 when it started producing Transistor Radios which received a worldwide commercial success.


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    Soon, it started research and development in communication and successfully delivered world’s first direct-view portable transistor TV in 1960. Within two years, it came with the world’s smallest and lightest monochrome TV too. Sony manufactured televisions under the name LCD Wega until 2005 when it shifted to BRAVIA series of televisions which is actually a completely independent subsidiary of Sony Corporation and not just a brand of products. Under BRAVIA, many television series were launched-some were discontinued and some are still bought by consumers. They are BX series-small LCD TV, EX series-mid size available in LED and LCD both, NX series- extra feature of Corning gorilla glass, HX series- X-Reality pro picture engine and skype camera in addition to all features of NX, NSX series- powered by Google TV and the most recent one being Android TVs- available in medium to wide screens. Android TVs have got much smarter. It gives an array of ecstatic choices-personalised recommendations for videos/audios/programs on the home screen, one tap ease of connection to mobile/tablets/laptops, all kinds of gaming, control TV through remote with built in mic and many more. Both OLED and LCD based TVs are flagship models of BRAVIA which is high on demand worldwide not only because of technology but self-illuminating slim design.

    Parameters (S in $billion)

    Market Share: 5.6

    Revenue: 9.17

    Market Cap: 34.5


    3. TCL

    TCL has been commercially rebranded in 2014 to give a new meaning to its name-The Creative Life.


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    This company is very old approximately 37 years and is based out in Guangdong, China and currently it operates in more that 80 cities across the world- with 20 manufacturing units and 35 Research and development centres. In 2010, It got listed on Hong Kong stock exchange so as to raise fund for making LCD and LED Television screens and collaborated with Shenzen Government to set up manufacturing plant worth $4billion. Being very much strategic, in recent years it acquired Palm brand from HP and started making smartphones in the name of brand BlackBerry. TCL has now focussed on developing nations’ market trying to penetrate deeper to achieve regional awareness and purchases. In India, it recently launched “iFalcon” which is highly customised to meet Indian market needs. This TV has partnered directly with Online video streaming websites such as Netflix, YouTube and Eros, hence providing end to end home entertainment requirements and amazing smart home experience.  The organisational structure is fully vertically integrated which allows it to facilitate state of the art factories because of which it is capable of making each and every component of Television on its own. It aims to continuously develop highly innovative products and provide customer delight in the mass electronics market. It is among top three Chinese companies in registering highest number of patents each year.

    Parameters (S in $billion)

    Market Share: 10.9

    Revenue: 2.52

    Market Cap: 2.8


    2. LG Electronics

    LG is widely known for the smile it creates through its prominent logo which means Life’s Good.


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    It is based out in Seoul, South Korea and will cross 60 glorious years this October in electronics industry. LG is recognised as a pioneer in Korean Televisions, Refrigerators, Washing Machines and Air Conditioners, and is a leader in the TV segment. Not only this, it was the first to develop plasma TV with 60-inch display and the first to bring 84-inch Ultra-HD TV for sale. Despite of a few international controversies based on its operations and human rights, it is able to continue the legacy of being in top television selling leaders. LG is renowned for the premium quality OLED TV sets. It makes the best of OLED TVs in the industry with superb picture quality and design. It has strategized to focus on premium market segment more than volume based huge sales. Looking back to the double-digit percent increase in market share in last 2-3 years, there is no doubt that it has leveraged its position too well in the market. In 2017, it won the year’s Best of Best award for modelling OLED Signature TV by CES-The Global stage for Innovation 2017.

    Parameters (S in $billion)

    Market Share: 12.1

    Revenue: 16.85

    Market Cap: 13.52


    1. Samsung Electronics

    Samsung Electronics is the flagship company of Samsung Conglomerate established in 1969 with its headquarter in Suwon, South Korea.


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    It makes a variety of electronic products especially mobiles, television, tablets and semiconductor memory devices. Firm’s television manufacturing dates back to 1970 when Korean government asked Samsung to manufacture television for Korean citizens and assisted with imported foreign technologies. From there onwards, Samsung never looked back and continuously upgraded itself in innovations and technologies to deliver the best of the televisions in the world. From 1982-the era of black and white/colour TVs to 21st century - the era of LED, Smart and Internet TVs-it has been recognised as uninterrupted market leader across the world. Talking about some of the leading innovations, the latest achievement is QLED televisions based on Quantum Dot Technology, Ultra HD and Premium Ultra HD TVs. These TVs are very robust and Samsung offers 10 years guarantee on them which is the highest till now. Next is Samsung smart Hub which facilitates television to run in absence of set-top box. It just needs a stable internet and subscription of streaming service. Another one which is making news is Samsung-The Frame TV, a TV which resembles a piece of work art when not being used. Samsung has done some lot more exciting innovations and has always been favourite of consumers hence scored highest market share in television industry 2018. It is the number one brand among television manufacturing companies.

    Parameters (S in $billion)

    Market Share: 20.2

    Revenue: 42.39

    Market Cap: 201.59


    Ranking Methodology

    Step 1: Top 15 companies are shortlisted based on last and current years’ records

    Step 2: 3 parameters namely Revenue, Market Cap and Market Share are chosen

    Step 3: Data for each and every company is taken from Annual reports 2018/Last four quarters reports of individual companies.

    Step 4: Using Min-max normalization by giving weightage of 10%, 30% and 60% to parameters Revenue, Market Cap and Market Share respectively, ranking is decided.


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    Over the years, sports companies have been providing the highest quality of apparel, shoes, equipment etc to athletes and sports fans. With the increase of ecommerce, the popularity of the top sports companies in the world has increased many fold. The top sports brands include Nike, Adidas, Puma, Under Armour, DKS along with Converse, Asics etc. Here is the list of the top 10 sports brands in the world 2018.


    Quick Glance :

    Below are the biggest and Top Sports Brands in the world 2018:

    1st Place : Nike

    2nd Place : Adidas

    3rd Place : DKS

    4th Place : Under Armour

    5th Place : Puma

    6th Place : New Balance

    7th Place : Skechers

    8th Place : Asics

    9th Place : North Face

    10th Place : Converse

    For More details about rankings and parameters, read on.



    Top Sports Brands 2018 with Ranking Parameters :



    10.Converse

    Converse is one the leading sports wear brands with a strong product offering.


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    Found in 1908, Converse is a global brand focusing on sports wear, apparel, shoes, equipment and much more. The company has an employee strength of 2500+ and since 2003 it is a part of global sports giant Nike, which has helped the brand grow. The company’s “star” logo is one of the most easily identifiable icons which shows the wide popularity of this sports brand. Converse has a strong presence in sports and especially in basketball NBA and skateboarding. The company has made it a point to reach out to sports enthusiasts and has managed to do so by sponsoring several sports events and teams. Apart from sports, Converse has also roped in fashion stars to promote is casual fashion apparel and accessories.   With the increasing reach of online shopping, the brand has a global presence in more than 100 markets worldwide, making it one of the largest sports brands in the world.

    Revenue ($ Bn): 2.04


    9.North Face

    A subsidiary of VF corporation, North Face is one of the top sports brand and equipments company in the world.


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    North Face is a world leader in outdoor accessories and equipment like tents, backpacks along with trekking shoes, apparel, jackets etc. Found in 1968 as a brand for mountaineering equipment, the company is currently headquartered in California in US. An expert in snow equipment, North Face has a target audience of those who are interested in snow boarding, skiing, mountaineering etc. The company has more than 50 retail outlets in USA alone followed by 20 in UK and a few in Canada as well. Apart from this, the company sells equipments and goods across the world through online portals as well as multi brand retail outlets. North Face is now a fully owned subsidiary of VF corporation, which has other popular brands like Lee, Wrangler etc as some of the popular brands under its umbrella.

    Revenue($ Bn): 2.4


    8.Asics

    Japanese sports shoes and equipment brand Asics is one of the biggest sports companies in the world.


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    Asics is headquartered in Japan and having more than 7000 employees. Asics was found in the year 1949 and has since then gone on to become a leading global sports brand. Asics has gone on to become a leading sportswear brand not only by acquisition of other players but also by aggressive marketing like sponsorship of the cricket team of Australia. The brand offers its entire portfolio of offerings through its website. The product range covers shoes, Tshirts, tracks, equipments for men, women and kids. The company also focuses on customer service and has got provisions for product replacement and return incase a customer is not fully satisfied. Based out of Japan, the company made its presence in US in the year 1977 and since then created a substantial market share. Sponsorships, outdoor advertising, TV commercials etc all have helped establish the brand as a top sports company.

    Revenue ($ Bn): 3.61


    7.Skechers

    Based out of California USA, Skechers has become one of the largest sports brand companies in the world.


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    Skechers is one the largest manufacturers of sports footwear and the company boasts of more than 11000 employees. The company was found in the year 1992 and has over the years established itself as a global sportswear brand especially with the help of global celebrities. The global footprint of the company can be judged by the fact that Skechers products are sold in more than 170 countries. All over the world, the company has more than 2500 stores. With the growing popularity of online shopping, Skechers website provides its users the entire range of product offerings. Skechers products are also widely available through multi brand outlets and websites. The company has also focused on CSR activities, most notably being helping foundation for children with special needs and youth. Skechers has been endorsed by several athletes like basketball players, elite runners, TV hosts etc.

    Revenue ($ Bn): 4.16


    6.New Balance

    Over the years, New Balance has grown on to become one of the leading sports brands in the world.


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    Found in the year in 1906 in US, New Balance has over 5000 employees globally with the company’s headquarters in Boston. New Balance has a wide range of products like sportswear, shows, cricket equipment, apparel etc. New Balance brand has a strong affinity to the skateboarding sport and has specially designed shoes and accessories for skateboarders. New Balance has grown in leaps and bounces over the last few years and one major reason is the sponsorship it offers for sports teams and events. Olympic committees of a few countries and several European football clubs have been sponsored by the brand. The company has also been extensively involved with sports like cricket, basketball, cycling etc. Some of the leading international tennis players are also brand ambassadors of New Balance.

    Revenue ($ Bn): 4.5


    5.Puma

    Puma is one of the most popular, easily recognizable and top sports brand in the world.


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    The Puma company, based out of Germany, was formed in the year 1948 after the brand got split with Adidas. Since then the company which has over 11000 employees is a worldwide leader in footwear, apparel, sports equipment, accessories etc. The company became a publicly listed organization in 1986. The global presence of the company can be seen from the fact that Puma products are sold in more than 120 countries across the world. Puma’s wide product portfolio offers goods for running, gym, football kits, golf, basketball etc. Leading international football stars and some of the top international football teams and clubs are sponsored by Puma. Recently, the company has also associated itself with cricket and Formula 1, with an aim of becoming one of the top sports brands in the world. Puma’s distribution network has been accoladed not of for high efficiency but also for protecting the environment.

    Revenue ($ Bn): 4.8


    4.Under Armour

    Based out of Baltimore USA, Under Armour is one of the leading sports apparel and accessories companies in the world.


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    Formed only in 1996, Under Armour has grown on to become one of the leading sports companies with an employee strength of more than 13000 worldwide. The company has a wide range of products offering Clothing, footwear, sporting equipment and other accessories. Apart from USA, Under Armour has offices in London, Amsterdam, Mexico, New York and many other locations. The company has grown rapidly over the last few years by some strong acquisitions as well. Apart from acquiring sportswear companies, the company has also taken oven fitness app products which has added to the diversification of the brand. Under Armour offers tshirts, caps, shoes, jackets etc which are widely used in sports like soccer, basketball etc. Under Armour has effectively used man media channels to ensure effective marketing and branding of its products. The company has several celebrity ambassadors endorsing the brand and its products.

    Revenue ($ Bn): 5


    3.DKS

    Dick's Sporting Goods is one of the largest sports companies in the world based out of USA.


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    DKS has more than 600 stores spread all over America, which is managed and run by an employee staff in excess of 25000. Some of the important subsidiaries of DKS are Affinity Sports, Field & Stream, Golf Galaxy, Oshman's Sporting Goods, True Runner etc. Over the years, many sports teams and events have been sponsored by DKS, which have ensured worldwide visibility and brand recall of the brand. The company has been associated with several sporting events like marathons, NHL, golf tournaments, basketball, football etc. The company was formed in the year 1948 and regular acquisitions have strengthened its place as a leading sports brands in the world. With the increasing penetration of ecommerce, the company offers its entire product line online through the company website as well as other multi brand websites. For ensuring high customer satisfaction, the company has several processes like return policies, refund etc. DKS has continually invested in advertising through TV commercials, online ads, print media etc.

    Revenue ($ Bn): 8.5


    2.Adidas

    Germany based global sports giant Adidas was formed in the year 1949 as the Adidas brand.


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    Adidas has a strong product offering and offers products like Footwear, sportswear, equipment, deodorants etc, which are served to customers worldwide. The company has a strong employee base of more than 50,000+ employees which are spread in its offices all over the world. Some of big brands like Reebok, Runtastic, Matix are also subsidiaries of Adidas group. Adidas being one of the leading sport brands in the world, has sponsored many sporting events and teams all across the world and across various sports as well. Adidas was the official sponsor of the football world cup apart from sponsoring various international and club teams like Manchester United, Real Madrid, Milan etc. The company has also sponsored cricket player & teams, baseball, basketball, golf, running etc. Some of the top tennis players also endorse Adidas brand and its goods/accessories. Effective television commercials using sports celebrities has been the backbone of marketing the Adidas brand. Some sports personalities associated with Adidas are Any Murray, Sachin Tendulkar, Lionel Messi etc.

    Revenue ($ Bn): 46.2


    1.Nike

    Nike is the world’s leading sports good manufacturer, distributor and marketeer in the world.


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    With more than 70,000 employees all over the world, Nike is the biggest maker of sports shoes, apparels, sports equipment and much more. Apart from its product business, the brand “Nike” is one of the biggest brands in the world owing to its excellent marketing and top of the mind brand recall. The company was formed in the year 1964, and it has gone on to become one of the biggest companies in the world. Over the years Nike has made some big acquisitions which has strengthened its position in the global sports market. Nike has a strong focus on marketing and branding, and has several brand ambassadors across various sports. Nike has sponsored football stars like Ronaldo, Neymar, Rooney etc. Basketball star Michael Jordan has an entire line of shoes dedicated to him by Nike. In cricket too, Nike has associated itself with the Indian cricket team owing to huge popularity in India.

    Revenue ($ Bn): 110.3


    Rank Methodology:

    1.The leading sports brands are considered for analysis.

    2.Latest revenues for the companies are taken.

    3.The brands are ranked on the basis of their revenues.


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    Water is one of the most important thing or product in the world. Even though water is available freely, pure water is becoming a sellable product. Packaged water is becoming one of the biggest market in the entire world. All big beverage companies are entering in the water market. Still, sparkling, flavored packaged water brands are rising in the global market. Top water brands include Nestle, Danone, Coca Cola, Pepsi along with Wahaha, Nongfu Spring, Fiji and C’est Bon. Here is a list of top 10 water brands in world 2018.


    Quick Glance:

    Below are the biggest and top water brands in the world 2018:

    1st Place : Nestle (Poland Spring, Purelife)

    2nd Place : Ting Hsing

    3rd Place : Danone (Evian)

    4th Place : Hangzhou Wahaha

    5th Place : Coca Cola (Dasani, Kinley, Smartwater)

    6th Place : PepsiCo (Aquafina)

    7th Place : Nongfu Spring

    8th Place : CR Enterprise (C’est Bon)

    9th Place : Fiji Water

    10th Place : Bisleri

    For More details about rankings and parameters, read on.


    Top Water Brands 2018 with Ranking Parameters (Revenue) :


    10. Bisleri (Bisleri, Vedica)

    Bisleri is based in India and is one of the best selling water brands in the country.

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    Bisleri brands is synonymous with packaged bottled water so much that it has become a generic brand in India. Bisleri was launched in Mumbai India in 1965. Bisleri is the market leader in water brands in India and ranks above all international brands which are available in India. Bisleri actually was an Italian brand which was sold to the Parle group which continued the legacy. Bisleri recently entered into mango drink called Fonzo and energy drinks also but its main offering remains packaged drinking water. It is available in various SKUs across the country. Bisleri also has a premium water brand called Vedica. It is positioned as a natural mountain water which is derived from its mountain source in Himalayas. Vedica being the premium brands sells at higher price point than regular Bisleri.

    Revenue from water business (in USD Mn): 218


    9. Fiji water

    Fiji waters was formed in the year 1996 by David Gilmour along with Peter Munk.

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    He then sold the company to Lynda Resnick for US$50 million. The company began shipping to the US in the year 1997. Its headquarters is in Los Angeles, California. It is available in the following sizes in single as wells as multi pack units: 300ml, 500ml, 1Lt, 1.5Litre. It now ranks as first in terms of the number of bottles imported by the US and is sold in around 60 countries.

    Fiji water is unique because of its source on the islands of Viti Levu, in the Fijian archipelago. Nothing is added to this water and is thus all natural. The water gets its delicate, smooth mouthfeel from a special mix of minerals it gets as it channels down through the island's volcanic rock.

    The FIJI Water Foundation was launched in the year 2007 as a charitable trust financed and bolstered  by the owners, employees and corporate affiliates of FIJI Water and has centered its endeavors  and investments on three zones of development:  (1) giving clean water access to provincial groups (2) building educational facilities and infrastructure that benefit children, teenagers and adults; and (3) providing access to healthcare services to underprivileged communities.

    Revenue from water business(in USD Mn): 300


    8. China resources enterprise ltd (C’est Bon)

    This is a subsidiary company of China resources holdings, which is a very large conglomerate.

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    This company is listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange. The various segments this company is present is food and beverages, beer brewing, soft drinks segment which includes the bottled water business.Retailing is a major revenue earning activity for this company. Grocery retailing, pharmaceuticals retailing etc. are the ones that it is a big player in the competitive market in Hong Kong and mainland China. It has about 4500 outlets and about 85% of these are self-operated. It enjoys a good consumer base and majority of the market share. Bottled water segment when first entered into by this company was not so attractive because of the people not being accustomed to buying drinking water, but later on when the polluti0on in the country increased this business picked up pretty fast and turned out to be the best segment for the company. From then on they turned global and soon captured majority of the Asian market. Their existing distribution base and their brand value proved to be the major push for it. It later launched various e-commerce websites and this channel was also capitalized. They did not stop at this but went on to introduce a mobile app which bolstered its growth and took it to a next level.

    A multi brand and a multi retailing channel strategy coupled with brand value and experience of this company in such affairs made the directions which it took a fruitful one over the years.

    Revenue from water business (in USD Mn)~1000


    7. Yangshengtang Co Limited(Nongfu Spring)

    Nongfu Spring was founded on September 26th,1996 by Shanshan Zhong. It is based in Xihu district, Hangzhou.

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    In 1999 the company’s founder announced that they wont sell purified water and will only focus on mineral water stating that purified water does not provide any health benefits. This led to an instant increase in sales. Nongfu Spring's presentation of three prominent items and its strategy of playing advertisements on TV slots (uncovering how the organization found a water source in the Changbai Mountains) to instruct customers on its polished methodology in drawing out the best filtered water alternatives, ended up being a masterstroke in upgrading its image picture in 2015. In the same year, it became the number 1 bottled water company in China surpassing the Ting Hsin International Group. The company’s premium brand comes in glass bottles adorned with works of art of creatures local to the Changbai Mountains. A 750-milliliter bottle costs $7.70.

    The company has 16 plants spread across China.

    Revenue from water business (in USD Mn)~2000


    6. Pepsi co Inc (Aquafina)

    This New York based company is a global food and beverage company.

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    The most popular products of this company are Pepsi, Mountain dew, Gatorade and Tropicana, lays, Quaker. It exceeded more than 50 billion US dollars in one particular year. Initially this company was called Pepsi-Cola and then later it merged with a snack company called Frito Lay back in 1965. It is also headed by an Indian woman who goes by the name Indra Nooyi- the first female CEO for the company. She took charge in 2006. It is involved in bottled water, carbonates, concentrates, juice, tea, coffee, sports drinks etc.  It got a revenue of about 63 billion US dollars in a year and out of this a major chunk of close to 50% came from beverages. The thing that it is worried about is that lately the revenue from packaged food business is outgrowing the revenue from its beverages business. The issue is now it has to do a rebranding exercise and this is going to involve huge costs. Another way to deal with this is a thought to split the operations as two companies. The majority of its revenue comes from the United States although it has operations across the world. The other major contributors are Canada, UK, Mexico and Russia. The main threat that this company is facing is that since it is betting its growth to happen because of entering developing countries it faces the political and unstable governments and therefore unstable business scenario.

    Revenue from water business (in USD Mn)~4500


    5. Coca-Cola Co(Smart Water, Dasani, Kinley)

    This is the world’s largest non-alcoholic drinks company and it controls about close to 20% of the soft drinks retail trade volume across the globe.


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    The main business segment is from the carbonates but it is recently diversifying into many other business segments like the dairy products, tea, fruit juices etc. the company wants to double their revenues between 2010 and 2020. The main growth strategy followed by this company is both organic and also through acquisitions both vertically and horizontally. Another focus of this company is on developing markets like India and China. This company follows the strategy of franchising its bottling operations and saving on cost and achieve economies of scale because of its size.   The main threat that this company is facing is that people are becoming more and more health conscious and are more and more avoiding these carbonated products. Also, there was a major rumor about this company products that they were containing fertilizers and other artificial harmful chemicals. This impacted its sales revenues very badly. Therefore, they started to prepare themselves for this change by involving into dairy products and also into bottled water.

    Revenue from water business (in USD Mn)~4603


    4. Hangzhou Wahaha

    The meaning of Wahaha is laughing child. It is headquartered in Hangzhou, china.

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    This is not a public owned company rather it is a private group. It has around 150 subsidiary companies and also approximately around 60 manufacturing centres across china. The biggest manufacturing plant is in the economic and technical development zone in Hangzhou. The company has more than 2500 sales employees who are constantly working to get the products to the intended customers and also it has an awesome marketing team across china that help it to reach very efficiently the targeted audience. The distributors are responsible for all the capital, storage, and delivery and also it has two levels of distributors. The first level distributors are those who have certain sales targets to achieve and second level distributors are the ones who deal in a lesser quantity and do not have the pressure of achieving certain targets. A good practice followed by the company is that it tries to do the demarcation of sales territory among the distributors well so that there is no cannibalization and the company can achieve the maximum sales.

    Revenue from water business (in USD Mn)~5000


    3. Danone Groupe (Evian)

    This multi-national company is headquartered in Paris, France.

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    It is the world’s largest packaged food and beverages company. It is also a leader in the diary market apart from being the leader in the bottled water sales as of 2017 December. It has a 3% market share in the world bottled water sales and in absolute terms it means a sale volume of around 9000 million liters. The main divisions of this company are dairy products, medical nutrition, waters and early life nutrition. The water division of this company is the fastest growing segment and the sales from this division makes up more than 20% of the total revenue of the company. Although the company has made many acquisitions in the dairy division, the main strategy for growth is organic in nature.

    The company is continuously looking for growth opportunities in markets like Europe, Africa and also Asia. It is relying on growth from the bottled water division because the competition in the dairy products division is very intense and there are many international companies that are fighting for their piece of the pie. The main innovation that the company is targeting is on the packaging and providing flavored water which it has named as Aquadrinks. The main threat it is facing is in the form of increased awareness among the consumers regarding the harmful impacts of PET bottles on the environment and therefore they are shifting to tap water. Having said this the company has huge potential if it focuses on developing countries where the tap water is not safe to drink. Therefore, a channeling of energy into the right markets is the need of the hour.

    Revenue from water business (in USD Mn)~5000


    2. Ting Hsin international group

    The core business of this company is the production and distribution of packaged food and drinks; mainly beverages.

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    Apart from this it also has its hands in retailing, food catering, family mart convenience stores. It recently consolidated its nation-wide distribution network so as to reduce the cost by cutting the unnecessary flab and increasing efficiency. Once it was also ranked second in china on being one of the largest soft drinks manufacturer. It suffered from not so good performance in its juice segment. The result of this was shown on its share price. Ìt also partnered with NBA china and it was the exclusive sponsor and this sponsorship boosted the brand power of master Kong- its product.

    Also, the plans to partner with its competitors like Pepsi co is a very important milestone for this company given the intense competition that is present in these soft drinks segment. One major discussion that made the rounds in the press about this company was of the excessive pseudomonas aeruginosa in its product- Master Kong bottled water. To this it responded by saying that it was compliant with the national sanitation foundation and that it was a member of the international bottled water association. The holding company is Tingyi; which is the leading player in the instant noodles category in china.

    Revenue from water business (in USD Mn)~5235


    1. Nestle SA (Poland Spring, Purelife)

    This company is based in Vevey, Switzerland. It is the largest consumer goods company in the world with revenues that run into 90 billion CHF.


    The operations of this company are spread across more than 190 countries. The company has an employment base of around 3,30,000 employees. It is among the global leader in the bottled water industry and also the coffee industry. The soft drinks division of nestle is the fastest growing division. The company has many divisions like powdered and liquid beverages, nutrition and health science, milk products and ice cream, pet care, confectionary and water. Packaged water revenue accounts for three quarters of the total revenue in the soft drinks division. Pure life is the leading brand for this company in this particular division. The other water brands in this division are ice mountain and Poland springs. The company is also into the flavored water which is a very small segment but has good growth average over the years.

    The main geographical area for nestle is the north American region. This market is strategic to its growth as it accounted for about 40% of the total revenue of nestle in 2016. Similar to its competitors this company also has its focus on developing countries for future growth. China is a special mention here given the rising incomes and more spending in this country.

    Revenue from water business (in USD Mn)~7745


    Ranking Methodology:

    1. List of major packaged water brands was made

    2. Annual reports of these companies were analysed for revenue

    3. Segmented records of Bottled Water was only considered

    4. Companies were ranked based on the Revenue from water business

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    Consulting firms are a business firm which offers expert advice to various individuals or organizations in charge of some fee. There are many consulting firms in the world offering solutions to millions of global clients. The top consulting firms include brands like Deloitte, PwC, KPMG, EY, Accenture, IBM, BCG, Booz Allen etc. Here is the list of the top 10 consulting firms in the world 2018.


    Quick Glance :

    Below are the biggest and Top Sports Brands in the world 2018:

    1st Place : Deloitte Consulting

    2nd Place : PricewaterhouseCoopers

    3rd Place : EY

    4th Place : KPMG

    5th Place : Accenture

    6th Place : IBM GS

    7th Place : Mercer

    8th Place : McKinsey

    9th Place : Boston Consulting Companies

    10th Place : Booz Allen Hamilton

    For More details about rankings and parameters, read on.


    Top Consulting Firms 2018 with Ranking Parameters :


    10. Booz Allen Hamilton

    Booz Allen Hamilton is a global firm engaged in consulting, analytics, digital solutions, engineering, and cyber and with industries ranging from defense to health, energy, and international development.


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    With around 24000 employees from diverse backgrounds all around the world, the company values a multicultural community of problem solvers and believe in corporate and individual citizenship that make the communities better places for all. With the company headquarter at McLean, Virginia, USA the company operates worldwide through 80 offices around the globe. The company now has more than 100 years of rich experience in its working. In the FY2017, the company had a revenue of $5.8 billion out of which 97% of the revenue was derived from government agencies, including Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Armed Forces. The company has the high level of US government as its key client. With approximately 4,800 contracts and task orders in the FY 2017, 91% of the revenue was derived from engagements on which the company acted as the prime contractor. Booz Allen Hamilton has been named a “Best Management Consulting Firm” by Forbes in 2018 ranking, scored 100% in Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI) which is a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) workplace equality. Ranked 20 in ComputerWorld list of the "100 Best Places to Work in IT" as well as Scored 100% in American Association of People with Disabilities and the US Business Leadership Network.

    Revenue ($ Bn): 4.1


    9. Boston Consulting Group

    Boston Consulting Group, known as BCG in short, is another one among the list of leading consulting firms in the world.


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    With its headquarter at Boston, USA, the company operates globally through its offices in more than 90 locations in as many as 50 countries. With an employee strength of more than 16,000 along with 900 partners and 20,000 alumni, the company has been able to generate a strong network and form a vast client base all around the world. Alongside McKinsey and Bain and Company, BCG is one of the “Big Three” strategy consulting firm or “MBB”.  BCG has multiple partners in various platforms such as BCG Gamma which provide BCG’s data scientists, technologists, and consultants conceptualize, build, and deploy advanced analytics solutions, BrightHouse which is the world’s first ideation company and help companies become purpose-driven, BCG Digital Ventures which is a team of entrepreneurs and investors which help in improving products and services, Expand Research which helps the firms through its decision-support and research services and BCG Platinion which brings together expertise in information technology. The company has been recognized at multiple platforms by numerous external and independent organizations. It has been a part of multiple recognition such as Consulting magazine’s best firm to work for list, fourth in Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to work for”, Human Rights Campaign Award for Workplace Equality Innovation (2018), International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP)’s World’s Best Outsourcing Advisor (2017), NAFE’s top companies for Executive Women (2018) etc.

    Revenue ($ Bn): 6.3


    8. McKinsey & Co.

    McKinsey & Co. is a global management consulting firm with an experience of around 90 years in it.


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    The company serves companies, government agencies, NGOs etc and is engaged in providing their clients help to make significant and lasting improvements to their performance and realize their most important goals. With it headquarter in New York, USA, the company operates through offices in more than 120 cities around the globe. With around 14,000 consultants worldwide which include experienced professionals from different fields who all join McKinsey for the opportunity to apply their talents to complex, important challenges. The company lays great emphasis on knowledge development, learning and capability building and has been investing more than $600 million of the firm’s resources in it annually. This helps them in studying markets, trends, and emerging best practices, in every industry and region, locally and globally. Their investment in knowledge also helps them in advancing the practice of management. They also publish their findings extensively and engage with leading thinkers on the most pressing issues facing the clients and society. McKinsey has also been doing additional initiatives such as funding the McKinsey Global Institute research organization, publishing of the reports on management topics, publishing of the McKinsey Quarterly since 1964 and authoring many influential books on management. Along with Financial Times, McKinsey & Company, awards the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award every year to the best business book of the year.

    Revenue ($ Bn): 10


    7. Mercer

    Mercer is a professional consulting firm headquartered in New York City, USA.


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    The company offers consultant services in the field of health and benefits, wealth and investments, workforce and career and mergers and acquisitions. The company is in fact the world’s largest human resource (workforce and career) consulting firm. The company is in the business of creating more secure and rewarding futures for our clients and their employees. Mercer is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan which is the world’s leading professional services firm in the areas of risk, strategy and people. The company’s has 50,000+ customers spread over 120 nations. The company was established in the year 1937 as William M. Mercer, Ltd which was acquired by Marsh & McLennan Companies in 1959 and merged with its own employee benefits department. The firm expanded through growth and acquisition to become a global leader in health, retirement, investments, and talent. The company has an employee strength of around 23,000 globally which facilitates the firm to have its base in more than 40 countries of the world and provide services to customers in more than 130 countries globally.  Mercer has been recognized worldwide for its excellence and have been awarded with multiple awards such as it has been recognized by Brandon Hall for excellence in learning and development for the fourth consecutive year and was honored with the Eddy Award in the investment education category.

    Revenue ($ Bn): 14


    6. IBM Global Business Services

    IBM Global Business Service is one among the two divisions of IBM Services, the professional service arm of IBM.


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    The other division being the IBM Global Technical Services. Through Global Business Services and Global Technology Services, IBM has helped the world’s most successful enterprises transition from era to era. IBM services have focused on boost using digital reinvention, step by step integration of solutions and AI/ cloud solutions. IBM has its head office at New York, USA the company had a total revenue of $79,238 billion in the financial year 2017. The Global Business Service provided for $16,358 billion of revenue. By further segmentation, $7,262 billion came from the consulting operations. In 2017, GBS deployed a new operating model designed to address specific client digital transformation imperatives and take full advantage of IBM and GBS’s competitive differentiators in industry, cognitive and cloud. The operating model features Digital Strategy and iX, Cognitive Process Transformation and Cloud Application Innovation. IBM has also been a recipient of multiple of awards and recognitions. Some of the notable one includes 2017 Best Company for Multicultural Women by Working Mother Magazine, being one of two companies to receive this distinction for 15 years, Working Mother 100 Best Companies list for the 32nd year in a row, he Momentum Award from the Anita Borg Institute’s Top Companies Award, Workplace Pride named IBM one the most LGBT-friendly organizations in the world and ranked 3rd in Mogul’s list of “Top 100 Innovators in Diversity & Inclusion in 2017.

    Revenue ($ Bn): 16.3


    5. Accenture

    Accenture is a global management consulting firm which provides professional support to companies in various fields such as strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations.


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    The company was incorporated in the year 2009 and since has been growing at a rapid rate and is headquartered at Dublin, Ireland. The company claims to have been serving more than three-quarters of the FORTUNE Global 500 and 95 of the top 100. They lay great emphasis on building strong and enduring client relationships. They have been able to retain all of their top 100 clients with them for at least five years, and 98 have been clients for 10 years or more. Accenture has shown a very promising financial performance in the fiscal year 2017 reflecting the company’s growth path that it has been following. The company have gathered for itself a record net revenue of $34.9 billion which is a 7 percent increase in the local currency. The company has exhibited a positive growth across the vast majority of our industry groups, geographic markets and businesses. We also reached an important milestone in fiscal year 2017. The company’s net revenue the new generation technologies and services such as digital, cloud and security services grew by about 30 percent to $18 billion and accounted for 50 percent of total revenues for the first time. The company has been recognized at various platforms time and again. Some of the notable ones includes FORTUNE’s World’s Most Admired Companies for 15 consecutive years and ranked No. 1 in IT Services category for four years, getting Included on the FORTUNE’s Change the World list of the 50 best companies putting purpose at the center of their business strategies and being ranked 305 in FORTUNE’s Global 500 marking 16 consecutive years.

    Revenue ($ Bn): 18.7


    4. KPMG

    KPMG is a professional service provider with a global network of independent member firms offering audit and assurance, tax & advisory services.


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    Another one of the “Big Four” Accounting firms of the world, the firm has a global presence in 150+ nations around the world. Collectively, they have around 200000 working employees around the globe in various disciplines having added more than 37,000 graduates and other entry-level professionals this year itself. The company is headquartered in and with a 4.8% revenue growth, has reached a total revenue of US $26.4 billion. The company has been concentrating in becoming more agile, efficient and effective as they compete in an evolving business landscape. Through alliances and acquisitions, they have invested more than US$1 billion over the past 12 months as part of a multi-year investment program focused on technology and developing innovative new services. With a sex-ratio close to 50-50, the company has been following the growth path by facilitating gender-diversity at the same time. The company’s performance and its work ethics has been recognized in multiple platforms. The company has been awarded with the Anti-Money Laundering Firm of the Year in the US Award, International Award for Anti-Money Laundering Advisory of the Year, Financial/Regulatory Risk Advisory of the Year – International, Teresa Pesce ‘s Game Changer of the Year Award, AsPAC’s Anti-Bribery/Corruption Advisory of the Year Award, AsPAC’s Full Service Forensic Advisory of the Year, Full Service Forensic Advisory of the Year, UK Award are a few among the many.

    Revenue ($ Bn): 26.4



    3. Ernst and Young (EY)

    Ernst and Young (EY) is one among the leading providers of advisory, tax, transactions, assurance and specialty services in the world.


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    It forms one of the “Big Four” group of accounting firms in the world and has a wide network which follows global approach of integration, providing cross-border service and the same high quality wherever they do business around the world. They have their structure being composed of the Executive and Regions. Their Executive includes the global leadership, governance bodies and the four geographic Areas who all Work together to oversee their global strategy, brand, business planning, investments and priorities. The company has its headquarter in London, UK, and has an employee strength which exceeds 250000 in the world.  They operate in 25+ Regions which are spread across different continents globally. They have around 700 offices which makes its presence in 150 countries of the world. To expand its Advisory business, the company acquired the Panthenon Group, a 23-year-old Boston consulting firm founded by former Bain & Co. executives, in 2014. The company have won 19 Global Most Admired Knowledge Enterprise (MAKE) awards with recent recognition for their efforts to activate a knowledge-sharing culture. The company has also been awarded for several of its innovative solutions to companies across sectors.

    Revenue ($ Bn): 31.4


    2. PricewaterhouseCoopers

    Another firm among the “Big Four” accounting firms of the world, the company also has a strong network and a wide customer base as the other of the big consulting companies.


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    With its headquarter in London, UK the company serves to help organizations and individuals create the value they’re looking for, by delivering quality accounting advisory, consulting, tax and regulatory services, government reforms and infrastructural development (GRID), Fintech, etc. The company has a very wide operational areas having offices in 158 countries and employing more than 236,000 people all around the globe, thereby making it among the leading professional services networks in the world. In the FY2017 alone. 59,252 people joined the firm around the world. The company has been showing a strong signal of growth with PwC’s gross revenues of US$37.7 billion in the previous financial year ending June which was up 7% on the previous year. For the FY17, PwC firms claims to have provided services to 419 companies in the Fortune Global 500 company list in addition to more than 100,000 entrepreneurial and private businesses. Having been recognized for its all-round development, PWC has been awarded with several awards which reflects the values it brings along with it. In the Fortune’s 100 best companies to work for, PWC has been ranked 56 in 2018 rankings making it 14 times in a row where it has been recognized in the list. Besides, it was ranked #38 on Fortune's list of "Best Workplaces for Giving Back", having been in one of friendly employers, ranked #17 on Fortune's "Best Workplaces for Parents" etc.

    Revenue ($ Bn): 37.7


    1. Deloitte Consulting

    Deloitte is an U.K. based private company which operates to provide services in multiple fields such as audit and assurance, consulting, risk advisory, financial advisory and tax.


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    Having its headquarter in London, the company is considered to be among the best in terms of revenue and employees network. More than 250000+ professionals are engaged with the company facilitating its strong operations worldwide and thereby generating a revenue of $38 billion dollars worldwide. It is considered one of the “Big Four” accounting firms of the world along with Price Waterhouse Coopers(PWC), Parthenon-EY and KPMG. In the consulting domain, the company works to assist its clients in providing services in the areas of human capital, strategy and operations, technology and finance transformations. These services contributed to 37% of the company’s revenue. The company considers its abilities to solve client’s problems distinctly by delivering strategies and implementations from a business and technology view thereby helping the companies lead in the markets where they operate. The company has been recognized at multiple platforms. Some of its high points includes being ranked second in the Vault’s top 50 accounting firms (2019), recognized in the list of Fortune’s best workplaces in consulting and professional services (2018), got a place in LinkedIn top companies list (2018), listed in Fortune Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list (2018), Fortune’s and DiversityInc’s Top 50 Companies for Diversity, Working Mother’s 100 best companies for working mother to name a few. These awards and recognitions truly reflects the company’s working culture which has been a base for its strong growth.

    Revenue ($ Bn): 38.8


    Rank Methodology:

    1. The top 30 consulting companies are taken.

    2. Parameters like revenues and employee strength are taken.

    3. The top consulting firms are found on the basis of the revenues.