Trivia: Philippine Companies in 2009 Forbes Global 2000 List

Here are interesting facts I found yesterday while I was surfing the internet. I came across the Forbes website. For those who are not familiar with Forbes, Forbes is an American publishing and media company made famous by their leading magazine bearing the same name.

Okay, back to the trivia! Annually, Forbes lists down the largest companies in the world in their famous Global 2000 List. The ranking are based on the following criteria:

1. Sales
2. Profits
3. Assets
4. Market Value

Here's what I found really interesting:

• General Electric (GE) regains its number 1 spot this year (2009) while former number 1 HSBC Holdings sipped to number 6.
• Nine (9) out of the top 25 companies in the world are Oil/Gas companies.( Exxon Mobil, BP, Royal Dutch Shell et. al).Surprising? I think most people will say NO. :-)

And here's even more interesting to me:

• There are only three (3) Philippine companies that made it to the 2009 Forbes Global 2000 list.

Rank 1138 is Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT)

Rank 1580 is Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)

Rank 1873 is San Miguel Corporation (SMC)

I hope next year, more Philippine companies will enter this prestigious list. See the complete list at


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