10 Richest Companies In The World 2012


A list of the 10 richest companies for the year 2012Last year was a good year for some companies while a bad year for others. Last year we made a list for the Top 10 Richest Companies In The World 2011 and this year we will make a list of 10 Richest Companies In The World 2012. There are companies that make millions, there are companies that make billions but then there are companies that make lots of billions of dollars.  Have you ever wondered what were the 10 richest companies in the world 2012? Now a list of the 10 Richest Companies of 2013 is also available here.

Here is the list of 10 giant money makers and the richest companies. The lowest one of them is making 550 million dollars a day which is 23 million dollars an hour and roughly 380,000 dollars a minute. INSANE isn’t it? The companies you see here wont be a surprise. The surprise will be how much they earn!


1. Exxon Mobil


Revenue 2012: $486.4 Billion       Year 2011: $370.8 Billion

Industry: Oil and Gas

Employees: 82,000

Stock Listing: NYSE: XOM

Headquarters: Irving, Texas, United States


Exxon Mobil Corporation or ExxonMobil, is an American multinational oil and gas corporation. It is a direct descendant of John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil company, and was formed on November 30, 1999, by the merger of Exxon and Mobil. Its headquarters are in Irving, Texas. It is affiliated with Imperial Oil which operates in Canada. ExxonMobil is one of the largest publicly traded companies in the world, having been ranked either #1 or #2 for the past 5 years. However they are currently 4th according to Forbes Global 2000. Exxon Mobil’s reserves were 72 billion oil-equivalent barrels at the end of 2007 and, at then (2007) rates of production, are expected to last over 14 years. With 37 oil refineries in 21 countries constituting a combined daily refining capacity of 6.3 million barrels, Exxon Mobil is the largest refiner in the world, a title that was also associated with Standard Oil since its incorporation in 1870. ExxonMobil is the largest of the six oil supermajorswith daily production of 3.921 million BOE (barrels of oil equivalent). In 2008, this was approximately 3% of world production, which is less than several of the largest state-owned petroleum companies. When ranked by oil and gas reserves it is 14th in the world with less than 1% of the total.



2. Royal Dutch Shell

Revenue 2012: $470Billion     Year 2011: $368 Billion

Industry: Oil and Gas

Employees: 90,000

Stock Listing: LSE: RDSA

Headquarters: The Hague, Netherlands and London, United Kingdom


Royal Dutch Shell plc, commonly known as Shell, is a global oil and gas company headquartered in The Hague, Netherlands and with its registered office at the Shell Centre in London, United Kingdom. It is the second-largest energy company and the fifth-largest company in the world according to Forbes Magazine list for 2011. It is vertically integrated and is active in every area of the oil and gas industry, including exploration and production, refining, distribution and marketing, petrochemicals, power generation and trading. It also has major renewable energy activities, including in biofuels, hydrogen, solar and wind power. It has operations in over 90 countries, produces around 3.1 million barrels of oil equivalent per day and has 44,000 service stations worldwide. Shell Oil Company, its subsidiary in the United States, is one of its largest businesses. Its primary listing is on the London Stock Exchange and it is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index. It has secondary listings on Euronext Amsterdam and the New York Stock Exchange.


3. Walmart

Revenue 2012: $446Billion      Year 2011: $421.8 Billion

Industry: Retailer

Employees: 2,150,000

Stock Listing: NYSE: WMT

Headquarters: Bentonville, Arkansas, United States


Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.  branded as Walmart since 2008 and Wal-Mart before then, is an American public multinational corporation that runs chains of large discount department stores and warehouse stores. The company is the world’s 18th largest public corporation, according to the Forbes Global 2000 list, and the largest public corporation when ranked by revenue. The company was founded by Sam Walton in 1962, incorporated on October 31, 1969, and publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange in 1972. It is headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas. Walmart is also the largest grocery retailer in the United States. In 2009, it generated 51% of its US$258 billion sales in the U.S. from grocery business. It also owns and operates the Sam’s Club retail warehouses in North America. Walmart has 8,500 stores in 15 countries, under 55 different names. The company operates under its own name in the United States, including the 50 states and Puerto Rico. It operates in Mexico as Walmex, in the United Kingdom as Asda, in Japan as Seiyu, and in India as Best Price. It has wholly owned operations in Argentina, Brazil, and Canada. Walmart’s investments outside North America have had mixed results: its operations in the United Kingdom, South America and China are highly successful, while it was forced to pull out of Germany and South Korea when ventures there were unsuccessful.


 4. BP

Revenue 2012: $386.4 Billion        Year 2011: $297 Billion

Industry: Oil and Gas

Employees: 97,600

Stock Listing: LSE: BP

Headquarters: London, England, United Kingdom


BP p.l.c.  is a global oil and gas company headquartered in London, United Kingdom. It is the third-largest energy company and fourth-largest company in the world measured by revenues and one of the six oil and gas “supermajors”. It is vertically-integrated and is active in every area of the oil and gas industry, including exploration and production, refining, distribution and marketing, petrochemicals, power generation and trading. It also has major renewable energy activities, including in biofuels, hydrogen, solar and wind power. BP has operations in over 80 countries, produces around 3.8 million barrels of oil equivalent per day and has 22,400 service stations worldwide. Its largest division is BP America, which is the biggest producer of oil and gas in the United States and is headquartered in Houston, Texas. As at 31 December 2010 it had total proven commercial reserves of 18.07 billion barrels of oil equivalent. The name “BP” derives from the initials of one of the company’s former legal names, British Petroleum. BP’s track record of corporate social responsibility has been mixed. The company has been involved in a number of major environmental and safety incidents and received criticism for its political influence. However, in 1997, it became the first major oil company to publicly acknowledge the need to take steps against climate change, and in that year established a company-wide target to reduce its emissions of greenhouse gases. BP currently invests over $1 billion per year in the development of renewable energy sources, and has committed to spend $8 billion on renewables in the 2005 to 2015 period.



5. Vitol

Revenue 2012: $297 Billion

Industry: Raw materials

Employees: 2,700

Stock Listing: Private

Headquarters: Rotterdam, Netherlands, Geneva, Switzerland


The Vitol Group is a global energy and commodity trading company. It was founded in Rotterdam in 1966 by Henk Viëtor and Jacques Detiger.Along with Glencore and Trafigura, Vitol is one of the world’s top three crude oil traders.The Vitol’s head offices are located in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and Geneva, Switzerland. With 2011 revenues of nearly $297 billion, the company ships more than 400 million tons of oil per year.


6. Sinopec

Revenue 2012: $273.4Billion      Year 2011: $289 Billion

Industry: Oil and Gas

Employees: 400,500

Stock Listing: SSE: 600028, SEHK: 0386

Headquarters: Beijing, China


China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation Limited , or Sinopec Limited, is a majority owned subsidiary of state owned company Sinopec Group. Sinopec Limited is listed in Hong Kong  and also trades in Shanghai and New York. Sinopec Limited’s parent, Sinopec Group, is one of the major petroleum companies in China, headquartered in Chaoyang District, Beijing. Sinopec’s business includes oil and gas exploration, refining, and marketing; production and sales of petrochemicals, chemical fibers, chemical fertilizers, and other chemical products; storage and pipeline transportation of crude oil and natural gas; import, export and import/export agency business of crude oil, natural gas, refined oil products, petrochemicals, and other chemicals. In 2011 it ranked as the 5th largest company in sales in Forbes Global 2000.In 2009, it was ranked 9th by Fortune Global 500 becoming the first Chinese corporation to make the top ten and in 2010 it was ranked 7th.In 2007, it ranked first in the Top 500 Enterprises of China ranking.


7. Chevron

Revenue 2012: $253.7 Billion         Year 2011: $204 Billion

Industry: Oil and Gas

Employees: 61,500

Stock Listing: SSE: NYSE: CVX

Headquarters: San Ramon, California, United States

Chevron Corporation  is an American multinational energy corporation. Headquartered in San Ramon, California, and active in more than 180 countries, it is engaged in every aspect of the oil, gas, and geothermal energy industries, including exploration and production; refining, marketing and transport; chemicals manufacturing and sales; and power generation. Chevron is one of the world’s six “supermajor” oil companies. For the past five years, Chevron has been continuously ranked as one of America’s 5 largest corporations by Fortune 500. In 2011 it was named the 16th largest public company in the world by Forbes Global 2000



8. ConocoPhillips

Revenue 2012: $251 Billion

Industry: Oil and Gas

Employees: 29,800

Stock Listing: NYSE: COP

Headquarters: Houston Energy Corridor, Houston, Texas, U.S


ConocoPhillips Company  is an American multinational energy corporation with its headquarters located in the Energy Corridor district of Houston, Texas in the United States. It is also one of the Fortune 500 companies and 22nd on Forbes Global 2000.ConocoPhillips is the fifth largest private sector energy corporation in the world and is one of the six “supermajor” vertically integrated oil companies. It sells fuel under the Conoco, Phillips 66 and Union 76 brands in North America, and Jet in Europe. ConocoPhillips was created through the merger of Conoco Inc. and the Phillips Petroleum Company on August 30, 2002.ConocoPhillips employs approximately 29,600 people worldwide in nearly 40 countries. ConocoPhillips is the second-largest refiner in the United States, with crude oil processing capacity of approximately 2.0 MMBD; and the world’s fourth-largest nongovernment-controlled refiner, with crude oil processing capacity of nearly 2.7 MMBD globally.



9. Toyota Motors

Revenue 2012: $235.8 Billion     Year 2011: $241 Billion

Industry: Automotive

Employees: 316,100

Stock Listing: TYO: 7203

Headquarters: Toyota, Aichi, Japan


Toyota Motor Corporation commonly known simply as Toyota and abbreviated as TMC, is a multinational automaker headquartered in Toyota, Aichi, Japan. In 2010, Toyota Motor Corporation employed 317,734 people worldwide . TMC is the world’s largest automobile manufacturer by sales and production. The company was founded by Kiichiro Toyoda in 1937 as a spinoff from his father’s company Toyota Industries to create automobiles. Three years earlier, in 1934, while still a department of Toyota Industries, it created its first product, the Type A engine, and, in 1936, its first passenger car, the Toyota AA. Toyota Motor Corporation group companies are Toyota (including the Scion brand), Lexus, Daihatsu and Hino Motors, along with several “non-automotive” companies. TMC is part of the Toyota Group, one of the largest conglomerates in the world. Toyota Motor Corporation is headquartered in Toyota City, Aichi and in Tokyo. Its Tokyo head office is located at 1-4-18 Koraku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-8701, Japan. Nagoya Office at 4-7-1 Meieki, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture. In addition to manufacturing automobiles, Toyota provides financial services through its Toyota Financial Services division and also builds robots.



10. State Grid Corporation Of China

Revenue: $226.2 Billion

Industry: Oil and Gas

Employees: 1,564,000

Stock Listing: Government-owned

Headquarters: Xicheng District, Beijing, China


State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC)  is the largest electric utilities company that transmits and distribution power in China and in the world, headquartered in Xicheng District, Beijing. For distribution, it has its subsidiaries for Northern China, Northeastern China, Eastern China, Middle China and Northwestern China. After the electricity “Plant-Grid Separation” reform in early 2000, the assets of State Electric Power Corporation , which included both power plants and electric grid all over mainland China, were divided into the five “power generation groups” that retained the power plants, and State Grid Corporation headquartered in Beijing with its five regional subsidiaries and China Southern Power Grid Corporation headquartered in Guangzhou, that operate power transmission, distribution and other assets of the old State Electric Power Corporation. It was ranked eighth in the 2010 Fortune Global 500 list of the world’s largest companies by revenue and has moved one place up in the 2011 Fortune Global 500 list.






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Incredibly useless criteria. Profits, not revenue determine how “rich” a company is.


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This isn’t a good comparison because they are merely counting revenues and not showing money in the bank and money in the bank plus other assets

Cooper Davidson

Where the hell is Goldman Sachs in this list? They have annual assets of 923 Billion a year! I guess they’re TOO rich for this list lol.


i want to belong here, i need connections


Sorry but trying to focus on “oil and gas”, you missed big fishes like Apple…


lol, apple big fish, lol

Chicken Hotwings



Evry single human in these world dreaming
About iPhone .
Apple is a trustful technology it wil be th
For mony years to come

sunday Afangimo

correct analysis


Apple fanboys.
This list is a list of REVENUE.
Not market cap… not perceived value… but REVENUE.

Apple’s Revenue for 2012 won’t exceed 150 billion.
They aren’t now, and they won’t be soon, in the top 10 richest companies in terms of raw revenue.
Even if Apple literally doubled in size overnight, it would be a massive distance from ExxonMobile.

Last quarter Apple’s profits stood at 7.8 billion for the quarter.
ExxonMobile’s was over 16 billion.

pradeep das

HI very good company i work in oman shell 20 years


good pic


how do i do business with this company?