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Companies Richer Than The Countries They Operate In

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This is a countdown about the most compelling and powerful businesses which are wealthier than the countries they operate in.

State Grid is the world’s second-biggest and richest company by its profit which makes it the 14th overall.

The three Chinese companies including China National Petroleum and Sinopec Group, all three of these make a greater revenue than South Korea itself as a state which has $330 billion.

Let’s have a look at the companies which are worth more than some nation’s GDP.


Twitter logo
Twitter logo.

On March twenty-first, 2006, the first tweet was sent and less than a decade later the company is one of the world’s most used social media platforms and which also made the famous hashtag a universal trend. With an estimated 303 million tweets sent per day, it’s not so unexpected that the company has gained billions of dollars with $2.2 billion in 2015 alone. Their almanac revenue makes them richer than Liberia.

Africa’s eldest republic which is boarded by Sierra Leone and Côte d'Ivoire and has a GDP of $2 billion and a population of just over 4 million.

McKinsey & Company

Mckinsey and Company logo
Mckinsey and Company logo at the front desk reception.

The international management and counseling firm were developed and formed in 1926 by the University of Chicago professor James O. McKinsey. It now has more than 8,000 advisers in more than 100 offices all around the world like in Vancouver, Nairobi, New York and Mumbai. 8 billion $ a year is their average, which makes them richer than Benin. 

With more than 10.3 million people, the French-speaking nation is one of Africa’s biggest cotton producers and is praised as one of the most stable democracies in the continent. Regardless of this, its current GDP goes about $7.7 billion.


The New York headquarters of the BlackRock investment management firm.

The world’s biggest asset manager, Blackrock, in 2014 had $4.65 trillion worth of advantage in their displays and books. It was founded and located in New York, the company gains about $11 billion a year making them richer than…Armenia.

Armenia has a population of 2.9 million people and has a GDP of $10.6 billion.


Alibaba Group sign
Alibaba Group Holding Limited is a Chinese e-commerce company.

Founded and developed in 1999, the Chinese company only grows day by day. Alibaba’s online shop festival gathered about $14.billion in November 2015. And their profits are more than $12 billion a year, which makes the company wealthier than… Chad.

With a population of 12.8 million, the biggest half desert nation is full in gold and uranium. By 2003, it was considered a big oil producer with an Aquaduct linking its oilfields. Regardless of this, Chad’s GDP is a little less than Alibaba’s profit per year, with $11.7 billion.


Facebook homepage
The Facebook homepage on a monitor screen.

Founded in 2004, Facebook now has more than a billion daily active users and workers with a staff of employees made of 13,000 people throughout the world. Facebook made $18 billion in 2015 making Facebook richer than…Cambodia.

Regardless of having an awful civil war decades earlier, Cambodia nowadays is rather stable. The country with a population of almost 15 million people, is profiting from developing tourism but the earnings are still hugely relied upon on rag trade. Cambodia’s GDP lays around $17.7 billion.

Emirates Airline

Emirates Airline
Emirates Airlines flight attendant.

Emirates Airlines which is located in Dubai is the all-time favored company for travelers to fly with, it has constantly the best review from the clients so it’s no wonder that its profit is of around $24 billion a year which eventually makes it richer than...Estonia.

Regardless of its small population of just 1.3 million, this ex-Soviet state has a developing economy. It has experienced huge growth especially with the construction industry and IT developing. Its GDP is almost $23 billion.


McDonald Logo
McDonald's Corporation is the world's largest chain of hamburger fast-food restaurants.

The famous company of fast food throughout the world may have hit the low point in the last few years but it got back its position in 2015 with its new menu, a drop in sales and better food. McDonald’s now has gained $25 billion, making it richer than…Uganda.

Located in Africa with a population of 41 million people, is developing one prosperous country with rapid growth over the last years. It has a GDP of $25 billion.


Logo of Vodafone
Vodafone is a British multinational telecommunications company.

One of the most famous telecommunication company, Vodafone, now operating in more than 40 countries throughout the world. In 2015 alone their yearly profits were $60 billion and this fact makes this company richer than...Uruguay.

The South American country, known for its progressive and going-ahead education and liberal social laws, has a population of 3.5 million and a GDP of $55 billion.


Uber car
Uber car (Skoda) with an inscription on the street.

At just seven years old, the company already operates in 60 countries around the world and doesn’t want to stop there. It is constantly reinventing itself launching UberRUSH, a bicycle delivery service, UberCARGO, a transportation service and even UberEATS which you guessed it, delivers food. The profits have been expanding with Uber bringing in $62.5 billion (£43.8bn) as of December 2015 making it richer than…Belarus.

With a population of around 9.4 million, the former Soviet republic is one of the most prosperous parts of the old Eastern Bloc with a GDP of $62 billion (£43.4bn).


Nestle USA
Nestle USA headquarter.

Nestle is well known for producing products like the KitKat chocolate bar, Cheerios cereal and many other types of food and beverages which are used throughout the world. The company has 333,000 employees across 85 countries and sells its products in more than 190 states. Its profits statistically per year reached $93 billion which makes it wealthier than…The Slovak Republic.

Slovakia, located in the center of Europe. This state has the world’s biggest and fastest producer of cars per capita, with ith a population of 5.5 million and a GDP of $86.2 billion.


Microsoft sign
Microsoft sign on the new office building in Vancouver, Canada.

In more than 150 countries, Microsoft is used by so many people and in so many languages than by now, we may have lost count. Being so used and practical for almost everyone, it’s probably not shocking that Bill Gate’s patent has now gained more than $90 billion which makes it wealthier thanUkraine.

Europe’s second-biggest nation with a population of 45 million, Ukraine has gained independence in 1991 and now enjoys a GDP of $90 billion.


Apple Store
Apple Store in Frankfurt, Germany.

From the amazing investment and work of Steve Jobs, giving us tablets and smartphones, it now seems like Apple products are the trendiest ones. This explains why this company founded in 1976, now has gained more than $234 billion (£163.9bn) which makes it richer than Ireland.

Regardless of having a small population of 5 million, Ireland has one of the world’s fastest economic development in the EU. Ireland has a GDP of $227.5 billion.

Royal Dutch Shell

Shell Oil Company
Shell Oil Company is a US-based subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell.

This company of oil and gas operates in more than 50 countries globally. One of the states where it has made the largest impact in Nigeria. Royal Dutch Shell has more than 50 oil-generating fields and in 2015, its profits laying at about $265 billion which makes it richer than…Finland.

Finland, given a BBC’s article, has one of the best-qualified workers and employees throughout the world and thanks to its big contribution to education, training, and research they are the perfect workforces to have around at your company. It reflects clearly in its economy with a GDP of $230 billion.

Exxon Mobil

Exxon Mobil corporate sign
Exxon Mobil corporate sign outside of their headquarters.

The multinational oil and gas company located in Texas, USA was first founded and then developed by John. D Rockefeller in the late ’90s. This cooperation now has around 75,000 employees who search for natural gas and oil in different states around the world reaching the company profits to $269 million in 2015 making them richer than...Chile.

17.6 million people living in Chile. This state is one of the most stable and affluent countries with the welfare of $240 billion.


Walmart store
Walmart store in Ridgecrest, California.

Walmart is the world’s most powerful cooperation and business. It is first found and developed in Arkansas during the ’60s. The broker won a title for itself by selling discounted groceries, clothing and many other items which made it very suitable for the average wage of the Americans. Walmart has 2.2 million workers (1.4 million in the US alone) and generates in 11,500 stores (28 countries). 2015 found them gaining $486 billion making it richer than not only one but some reach countries:

South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, Norway, Belgium & Sweden

Walmart is for sure worth more than a whole bunch of nations around the map, such as South Africa $317.3 billion or the United Arab Emirates $339.1 billion. It is richer than Norway $397.6 billion, Belgium $458.7 billion or Sweden $483.7 billion.