Industry: electronics, information technology.
Products: Personal computers and tablets, mobile phones, audio players…
In January 2022 Apple's market cap has crossed the $2.7 trillion threshold and today the company holds the #1 position as the most valuable company in the world.
At the same time, Apple continues to occupy the first position on the most expensive brands' list.
Today the company's logo is recognized by many people as Apple became truly the most successful brand. Its value is estimated at $2,780 billion by experts from rating agencies.
The company was established on 1 April 1976 by Steve Wozniak, Ronald Wayne, and Steve Jobs. The trio initially engaged in the assembly of home computers and producing proprietary models of PC. But their greatest success came just in recent years when Apple introduced the line of its mobile products to the world — the iPhone smartphones and the iPad tablets.
Nowadays, the range of its products is wide and includes smartwatches, computers and laptops, tablets and smartphones, and more. However, the hallmark of "apple" gadgets' popularity is high quality, stylish design, and a brilliant marketing program by Steve Jobs.
Today the company has thousands of offices, brand stores, and service centers worldwide with a staff of nearly 147,000 employees.
Apple is headquartered in Cupertino, California, USA.
Industry: software development.
Products: Microsoft Office, Microsoft Windows, Xbox.
The second most valuable company in the world is Microsoft.
The internationally famous corporation was founded in 1975 by Bill Gates, who is one of the richest men in the world by now.
At that time, Microsoft was the first software developer that suggested using packaged software for home computers that would thereby make PC experience user-friendly and intuitive.
This software – the Microsoft Windows operating system – was a real breakthrough since it allowed ordinary users to master PC skills easily. The system brought the company an incredible success and huge profits.
Today, Microsoft is one of the leading companies in the PC software market as well. It releases new-generation Windows operating systems, a set of applications to work with documents called Microsoft Office, and many other software programs. Besides, Microsoft produces its own mobile devices and accessories, video, audio, and office equipment.
The company is headquartered in Redmond, Washington, USA.
Industry: Oil and gas production, refining.
Products: Oil, natural gas and other petrochemical products.
After the successful issue of shares on the stock exchange, Saudi Aramco (Saudi Arabian Oil Company) became one of the most expensive companies in the world. It has officially published its financial statements first in 2019. Shortly after the release of the shares on the Tadawul stock exchange, the company's value almost reached 1.9 trillion dollars.
The oil giant has exceeded all expectations with the issued shares: its IPO is considered one of the most successful in
Google, the internationally famous Internet company, recently changed its official name to Alphabet because the company was out of the scope of Google search engine long ago, and now it owns plenty of other companies as well.
Sergey Brin and Larry Page, who jointly created the mega-company in 1998, are the heads of the Internet holding.
More than thirty popular services and sub-companies are part of the holding: AdWords, Android, YouTube, to name a few.
Google is headquartered in California.
Industry: Retail business.
On January 7, 2019, Amazon became the most expensive company in the world for the first time overtaking its competitor — Microsoft. Today, it closes the top 5 list of the most valuable companies.
Amazon is an American retail company that sells and delivers various goods over the Internet.
Internet users, suppliers, and producers can sell any goods on their own by using Amazon’s website as an online venue.
The company’s major business line is selling various. The popularity of service soared thanks to high-quality goods, low prices, prompt delivery, and a wide assortment.
The company was established in 1994 by Jeff Bezos. Amazon is headquartered in Seattle, WA, USA.
According to the overall estimates, the company employs over 1 million people and has more than $360 billion in assets at the given moment making it one of the biggest companies in the world. Its annual turnover amounts to approximately $400 billion.
Industry: Automotive and solar energy.
Tesla is the world's largest electric vehicle manufacturer, which also produces solar panels and batteries. At the end of 2020, Tesla and 27 other US companies formed the Zero Emission Transport Association (ZETA), which will promote the transition of all US vehicles to electric traction. The company currently has several electric vehicle models, including a sedan, crossover, roadster, and even a large truck for cargo.
Tesla was founded in 2003 by Martin Eberhard and Mark Tarpenning, and Elon Musk became the main investor of the company and the chairman of the board of directors only in 2004. Although Musk was not the founder of the startup, he was the one to help the company achieve such heights and worldwide fame.
Tesla is headquartered in Palo Alto, California, USA.
Facebook was developed by Mark Zuckerberg in February 2004. The Facebook social network is currently visited by more than 2 billion people every day. And the market value of $839 billion is simply an astronomical indicator of popularity for an Internet project.
Today, Facebook yields more than $29 billion n
Industry: insurance, finances, railway transport, utilities, food, and non-food products.
The company is known for its permanent owner, an American investor and an entrepreneur: Warren Buffett.
The company is headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, USA.
Its share price of $461,200 that makes it the world's most expensive stock.
Over 40,000 shareholders took part in the 2015 annual meeting.
That’s why the meeting earned the facetious nickname "Woodstock for Capitalists".
Products: Social networking, instant messaging, mass media, web portals, etc.
Tencent is a venture company, a conglomerate, an investment holding, and one of the largest companies in the gaming industry.
This Chinese giant, founded in 1998, occupies the 9th position in the ranking of the most expensive companies worldwide.
Its services include social networks, mobile games, music, web portals, payment systems, e-commerce, Internet services, smartphones, and multiplayer online games, which are among the largest and most successful in the world in their respective categories.
The headquarter of Tencent Seafront Towers (also known as Tencent Binhai Mansion) is located in Nanshan District, Shenzhen.
Industry: Financial Services.
Visa Inc. was founded in 1958. It is an international company that conducts payment transactions and bank transfers between financial institutions.
Visa is the second-largest payment system in the world based on issued cards and transaction data. You can pay with Visa cards in more than 200 countries.
Most of the company's transactions are processed using the VisaNet electronic payment network.
Remarkable is that the company has four centers for processing these transfers, which are located in Colorado, Virginia, London, and Singapore. They are well protected from possible criminal interference and natural disasters.
The company is headquartered in San Francisco, California, USA.