What Are Some Major American Companies?


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As of August 2015, the top American public companies according to revenue are Walmart, Exxon Mobil, Chevron, Berkshire Hathaway, Apple and General Motors. The top private companies are Cargill, Koch Industries, Dell, Bechtel, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Mars.

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What Are Some Major American Companies?
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According to the Fortune500 website, America's top public companies employ over 25 million people around the globe and generate over $900 billion in profits. Fortune500 ranks companies according to their revenue for the fiscal year. As of August 2015, Walmart is the top public company. It operates discount retail stores around the world and employs over two million people. Exxon Mobil, the second-ranked company, is the largest public oil and gas company in the United States and the world. The company explores for natural resources in locations like the Canadian oil sands and the Arctic.

The top private company as of August 2015 is Cargill. It spans a number of industries, including agriculture, finance, energy and industrial products. Cargill is a multinational corporation that employs over 150,000 people in over 60 countries. Koch Industries, another multinational company, is ranked second among private corporations. Like Cargill, it extends over different industries, including manufacturing, chemicals and refining, agricultural products and fertilizers, polymers and fibers, commodity trading, minerals, energy, ranching, commodity trading, glass and investments.

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