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Apple, US companies extend their leading positions in the Top 100

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Staff writer ▼ | June 2, 2015
PwC’s global market capitalisation study of the leading listed 100 companies shows that getting into the Top 100 and staying in the Top 100 is no easy task.
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US companies are extending their leading position, with over half of the world’s Top 100 listed companies coming from America (53). China/HK now has the second most companies (11) with the UK in third place (8).

Apple retains its crown as the world’s most valuable company ($725bn) increasing its market capitalisation by 54% (+$256bn) compared to last year, and despite returning $56bn to shareholders in 2014. It is now almost twice as big as the second largest company (Google $375bn) and almost 10 times larger than the smallest in the Top 100.

The entry point for the Top 100 is now $85bn compared with $45bn in 2009, with the average market capitalisation of a Top 100 company now $162bn compared with $84bn in 2009.

The Chinese internet giant, Alibaba went straight into the Top 100 with a market cap of $168bn at IPO increasing to $205bn at 31 March 2015.

Now in its fourth consecutive year leading the Top 100, Apple’s success is unparalleled. At $725bn the company’s market cap increased by 54% (+$256bn) compared to last year ($469bn). This extraordinary growth was achieved despite the company paying out $56bn in 2014 to shareholders and has extended the gap between them and 2nd placed Google ($375bn).

The United States now boasts over half of the world’s Top 100 most valuable companies with 53 companies compared to 42 five years ago and 47 last year; seven out of the top 10 companies are American.