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The Fortune Global 500, also known as Global 500, is an annual ranking of the top 500 corporations worldwide as measured by revenue. The list is compiled and published annually by Fortune magazine.

Until 1989, it listed only non-US industrial corporations under the title "International 500" while the Fortune 500 contained and still contains exclusively US corporations. In 1990, U.S. companies were added to compile a truly global list of top industrial corporations as ranked by sales. Since 1995, the list has had its current form, listing also top financial corporations and service providers by revenue.

From 2001 to 2012, there was a significant change in the geographical distribution of the companies in the Global 500 rankings. The number of North American-based companies reduced from 215 in 2001 to 144 in 2011, and the contribution of Asian-based companies increased rapidly from 116 in 2001 to 188 in 2012. Most of this growth is accounted for by the rapid increase in the number of Chinese Global 500 companies, of which there were 98 by 2015 (see below.) The share of European-based companies increased marginally, from 158 to 160, over the decade.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>


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The Fortune Global 500, also known as Global 500, is an annual ranking of the top 500 corporations worldwide as measured by revenue. The list is compiled and published annually by Fortune magazine.

Until 1989, it listed only non-US industrial corporations under the title "International 500" while the Fortune 500 contained and still contains exclusively US corporations. In 1990, U.S. companies were added to compile a truly global list of top industrial corporations as ranked by sales. Since 1995, the list has had its current form, listing also top financial corporations and service providers by revenue.

From 2001 to 2012, there was a significant change in the geographical distribution of the companies in the Global 500 rankings. The number of North American-based companies reduced from 215 in 2001 to 144 in 2011, and the contribution of Asian-based companies increased rapidly from 116 in 2001 to 188 in 2012. Most of this growth is accounted for by the rapid increase in the number of Chinese Global 500 companies, of which there were 98 by 2015 (see below.) The share of European-based companies increased marginally, from 158 to 160, over the decade.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>


Fortune Global 500 sections
Intro  Controversy  Fortune Global 500 list of year 2015  See also  References  External links  

PREVIOUS: IntroNEXT: Controversy
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