The World’s Biggest Public Companies

(CC) Hernán Piñera/FlickrThe China banking giant ICBC has topped “The Forbes Global 2000” list of the biggest and most powerful companies worldwide. Their main contenders, in 2nd, 3rd and 4th place respectively, were China Construction Bank, Agricultural Bank of China and Bank of China.

Forbes compiles the Global 2000 list using data from FactSet Research systems to screen for the biggest public companies in four metric: sales, profits, assets and market value. A comprehensive analysis of each of the metrics is used to arrive at the scores to enable a company to find place among 2000.

For more information about the rankings, visit the Forbes website.