25 Biggest Companies You’ve Never Heard Of (2023)

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When it comes to big, powerful, multinational companies, everyone knows Walmart, Apple and Amazon. But you might be surprised at how many companies with tens of billions in annual revenue you’ve likely never heard of. In some cases, the names and industries aren’t consumer-facing, in which case it makes sense that the average person might not recognize them. But you probably use the products of many companies with names that don’t seem directly tied to their own brands, so we’re here to clear the air on those.

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To come up with the list, GOBankingRates started with the list of Fortune 500 companies, sorted by revenue. Next, we picked out the first 25 companies we considered unfamiliar to the averageconsumer.

Click through the list below to learn more about these unfamiliar but huge companies across the country.

Last updated: July 12, 2021

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McKesson

  • Revenues: $231 billion
  • Employees: 70,000

McKesson is the seventh-largest company in the U.S. in terms of annual revenue, but it’s one you might overlook unless you’re in the healthcare field or visit the pharmacy frequently. The company, founded in 1833, is now a global leader in healthcare technology, supply chain management solutions and retail pharmacy, among many other health-related fields. One-third of all pharmaceuticals used by Americans every day are delivered by McKesson, and it’s the fourth-largest pharmacy chain.

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AmerisourceBergen

  • Revenues: $189.9 billion
  • Employees: 21,500

Just from its name, you might think AmerisourceBergen is the combination of different companies — and you’d be right. In 2001, AmeriSource Health, with $13 billion in annual revenue at the time, merged with Bergen Brunswig, which had $22 billion in annual sales.

AmerisourceBergen is another giant healthcare-related company that ranks No. 10 on the Fortune 500 and now generates more than $189.9 billion in annual revenue.

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Cardinal Health

  • Revenues: $152.9 billion
  • Employees: 48,000

There’s clearly plenty of money to go around in the behind-the-scenes world of healthcare, considering that the top three names on our list are all competitors in the same field. Cardinal Health providesmedical products, pharmaceuticals and solutions designed to enhance supply chain efficiency. It operates in 46 countries and works with nearly 85% of U.S. hospitals.

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Centene

  • Revenues: $111.1 billion
  • Employees: 71,300

Although many of the largest companies in the U.S. can trace their roots back to the turn of the 20th century and even earlier, Centene got its start just 35 years ago, in 1984. Beginning as a nonprofit Medicaid plan, the company has grown to become the largest Medicaid managed care organization in the nation.

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Marathon Petroleum

  • Revenues: $88.9 billion
  • Employees: 57,900

Marathon Petroleum is a massive integrated energy company based in Findlay, Ohio. Across its 16 refineries, the company has the capacity to produce more than 3 million barrels of crude oil per day, making it the largest refining system in the nation.Some readers are probably familiar with the company’s Speedway brand of retail convenience stores.

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Humana

  • Revenues: $77.2 billion
  • Employees: 48,700

If you noticed a theme with this list, you’re not imagining things. Humana is yet another giant healthcare company with annual revenues above $70 billion. The company provides group health insurance and individual Medicare plans in addition to a wide range of health-related products and services.

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Archer Daniels Midland

  • Revenues: $64.4 billion
  • Employees: 38,332

The Archer Daniels Midland Company, commonly known as ADM, is an American multinational food processing and commodities trading corporation. ADM makes its more than 64 billion processing such food items as corn, wheat, cocoa and other agricultural products. They also process biodiesel and ethanol.

StoneX Group

  • Revenues: $54.1 billion
  • Employees: 2,950

StoneX Group Inc. is a financial services organization. The company operates in six areas: commercial hedging, global payments, securities, physical commodities, foreign exchange and clearing and execution services.

HCA Healthcare

  • Revenues: $51.5 billion
  • Employees: 235,000

HCA Healthcare is one of the nation’s leading providers of healthcare services, managing 185 hospitals and 119 free-standing surgery centers across 21 states and the U.K. The company has been named one of the most ethical companies in America 10 years in a row by the Ethisphere Institute.

Pictured: London Bridge Hospital, operated by HCA Healthcare

AbbVie

  • Revenues: $45.8 billion
  • Employees: 47,000

AbbVie has been in the news quite a bit in 2019 after announcing it would acquire Allergan for a whopping $63 billion. This merger of Big Pharma giants brings together the maker of Humira with the maker of Botox, Juvederm and Coolsculpting.

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Energy Transfer

  • Revenues: $38.9 billion
  • Employees: 11,421

Energy Transfer is an energy company that transfers, stores and terminals natural gas and oil products, mainly through pipelines across 38 states. The company was formed only 23 years ago, making its rise to more than $38 billion in yearly revenue pretty impressive. Many Americans are probably familiar with its Sunoco subsidiary.

Pictured: Sunoco gas station; Sunoco, Inc. is a subsidiary of Energy Transfer

General Dynamics

  • Revenues: $37.9 billion
  • Employees: 100,700

General Dynamics is one of America’s largest aerospace and defense companies. In addition to building nuclear-powered submarines and communications systems, General Dynamics builds Gulfstream business jets. Other products include weapons systems and munitions, IT solutions and ships.

Abbott Laboratories

  • Revenues: $34.6 billion
  • Employees: 109,000

Abbott Laboratories is an American multinational medical devices and health care company. According to their website they “create breakthrough products – in diagnostics, medical devices, nutrition and branded generic pharmaceuticals.”

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Exelon

  • Revenues: $33 billion
  • Employees: 32,340

Exelon is one of the largest power generators in the U.S., operating in 48 states; Washington, D.C.; and Canada. Depending on where you live, you might be familiar with some of Exelon’s business units, which include Delmarva Power, ComEd, BGE, Atlantic City Electric and Constellation.

Thermo Fisher Scientific

  • Revenues: $32.2 billion
  • Employees: 84,362

Thermo Fisher Scientific bills itself as the world’s leader in “serving science,” meaning it provides services and products that are used in laboratories and clinics around the world. The company’s four main reporting segments are laboratory products and services, life sciences solutions, analytical instruments and specialty diagnostics. For most consumers, this means you might have been served by some of Thermo Fisher Scientific’s products during a hospital stay or doctor checkup.

TJX

  • Revenues: $32.1 billion
  • Employees: 320,000

Considering how this list is dominated by healthcare and energy corporations, you might think TJX is an oil-drilling company or hospital supplier. Actually, it’s one of the few companies on the list with brands that are familiar to the average consumer. TJX is the parent company of retailers TJ Maxx, HomeGoods, Marshalls, Sierra and Homesense. It also operates in Canada, Europe and Australia.

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Arrow Electronics

  • Revenues: $28.7 billion
  • Employees: 19,600

Arrow Electronics is a distributor of computer products and electronic components. Since its products are sold exclusively to original equipment manufacturers and commercial customers, most retail consumers are not familiar with the company. However, many consumers unknowingly use Arrow’s products, as they are used by well-known brands such as Nvidia, Intel, Panasonic and Texas Instruments.

CHS

  • Revenues: $28.4 billion
  • Employees: 10,493

CHS is a massive agribusiness cooperative owned by farmers and local cooperatives across the U.S. CHS helps farmers grow crops and connects growers to consumers around the globe. One of its prime services is buying grain from co-op members and distributing it to customers in more than 65 countries.

Jabil

  • Revenues: $27.3 billion
  • Employees: 240,000

Jabil provides manufacturing, design, supply chain and product management services for a number of different industries across 100 facilities in 29 countries. If you use any type of technology, you’re probably using a Jabil product. If you use an iPhone, for example, you’ll find some Jabil components in the palm of your hand.

Enterprise Products Partners

  • Revenues: $27.2 billion
  • Employees: 7,130

Enterprise Products Partners is another huge oil and gas outfit that provides a wide range of energy services. One of the nation’s largest publicly traded partnerships, Enterprise Products Partners primarily provides energy gathering, transportation and storage services. It also has a marine transportation business that mainly operates in the U.S. Inland and Intercoastal Waterway systems.

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Synnex

  • Revenues: $24.6 billion
  • Employees: 277,900

Founded in 1980, SYNNEX Corporation is an American multinational corporation focusing on IT distribution, comprehensive logistics, integration services, and technology solutions. SYNNEX headquarters are in Fremont, CA and it ranked #117 on the 2021 Fortune 200.

Plains GP Holdings

  • Revenues: $24.7 billion
  • Employees: 277,900

Plains GP is a holding company with a controlling general partner interest in another publicly traded master partnership, Plains All American Pipeline (PAA). PAA provides pipeline transportation, terminalling, storage and gathering services to the crude oil and natural gas industries.

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Lennar

  • Revenues: $22.5 billion
  • Employees: 9,495

Lennar Corporation is a home construction and real estate company was founded in 1954. Since then it has achieved phenomenal growth, operating in a number of U.S. markets. It was their acquisition in 2018 of CalAtlantic Communities that it became the nation’s largest homebuilder, earning revenues of $22.5 billion.

Danaher

  • Revenues: $22.3 billion
  • Employees: 69,000

Danaher Corporation is an American globally diversified conglomerate, that designs, manufactures, and markets professional, medical, industrial, and commercial products and services.

Lumen Technologies

  • Revenues: $20.7 billion
  • Employees: 39,000

Lumen Technologies is an American telecommunications company. They focus on “network assets, cloud connectivity, security solutions and voice and collaboration tools” into one platform, according to the website.

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Jordan Rosenfeld contributed to the reporting for this article.

Methodology: For this piece GOBankingRates looked at Fortune.com’s 2021 Fortune 500 Companies data and picked out the first 25 companies we considered unfamiliar to the average consumer. For each of the 25 companies highlighted GOBankingRates found: (1) revenues; (2) number of employees’ and (3) brief description of the company. All data was collected and is up to date as of June 28, 2021.

Photos are for illustrative purposes only. As a result, some of the images may not reflect the actual companies listed in this article.

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John Csiszar

After earning a B.A. in English with a Specialization in Business from UCLA, John Csiszar worked in the financial services industry as a registered representative for 18 years. Along the way, Csiszar earned both Certified Financial Planner and Registered Investment Adviser designations, in addition to being licensed as a life agent, while working for both a major Wall Street wirehouse and for his own investment advisory firm. During his time as an advisor, Csiszar managed over $100 million in client assets while providing individualized investment plans for hundreds of clients.

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FAQs

What is the biggest company ever in history? ›

A staggering $8.28 trillion

Howmuch.net, for example, writes that the English South Sea Company and Mississippi Company were worth $4.5 and $6.8 trillion at the height of the stock market craze of 1720. The most valuable company of all time, however, was the Dutch East India Company (VOC).

Who is No 1 company of world? ›

This list comprises the world's largest companies by consolidated revenue, according to the Fortune Global 500 2022 rankings. American retail corporation Walmart has been the world's largest company by revenue since 2014.

What are the 7 biggest companies in the world? ›

This can lower or even outweigh potential returns.
  • #1 Walmart Inc. (WMT)
  • #2 China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (SNP)
  • #3 Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN)
  • #4 PetroChina Co. Ltd. (PTR)
  • #5 Apple Inc. (AAPL)
  • #6 CVS Health Corp. (CVS)
  • #7 Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDS. A)
  • #8 Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK. A)

What is the 7th largest company in the world? ›

TENCENT

What is the oldest company that still exists? ›

The oldest operating business is Kongo Gumi in Japan, founded in 578. It's a construction company that specializes in shrines and temples. It was going strong for centuries until corporate debt brought it to its knees.

What are the 5 oldest companies in the world? ›

  • Consolidated Edison.
  • Lloyd's.
  • IBM.
  • Tuttle Farm.
  • Kongo Gumi.

What are the 10 most powerful companies in the world? ›

The 10 Biggest Companies in the World 2022 (at a glance)
  • WALMART. Revenue: $559.2 billion.
  • STATE GRID. Revenue: $386.6 billion.
  • AMAZON. Revenue: $386.1 billion.
  • CHINA NATIONAL PETROLEUM. Revenue: $284.0 billion.
  • SINOPEC. Revenue: $283.7 billion.
  • CVS HEALTH. Revenue: $268.7 billion.
  • APPLE. Revenue: $365.8 billion.
  • VOLKSWAGEN.
23 Oct 2022

Whats the most expensive company? ›

Saudi Aramco

Given its huge oil reserves and substantial profits, Saudi Aramco is also one of the most valuable companies in history with a peak market capitalization of over $2.4 trillion. Given the higher oil prices, Saudi Aramco reported that is net income rose 90% to $48.4 billion in Q2 2022.

What is the strongest company in the world? ›

As of 2022, Apple, Saudi Aramco, and Microsoft hold the top three positions, each with market caps in excess of $2 trillion. Technology and energy companies rank among the most valuable companies in the world today.

What is the richest company on earth? ›

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RankCompanyAssets ($ Bil.)
1Berkshire Hathaway959
2ICBC5,519
3Saudi Aramco576
4JPMorgan Chase3,955
7 more rows
13 Sept 2022

What are the 5 largest industries in the world? ›

Global Biggest Industries by Employment in 2022
  • Global Consumer Electronics Manufacturing. 17,518,424.
  • Global Commercial Real Estate. 17,164,710.
  • Global Fast Food Restaurants. 13,458,146.
  • Global HR & Recruitment Services. 11,988,376.
  • Global Apparel Manufacturing. ...
  • Global Hotels & Resorts. ...
  • Global Coal Mining. ...
  • Global Tourism.

What is world's most famous company? ›

The Top 100 Companies of the World: Competition From China
CompanyCountry
#1AppleUnited States
#2Saudi AramcoSaudi Arabia
#3MicrosoftUnited States
#4AmazonUnited States
6 more rows
19 Jul 2021

What is the No 1 company in the world as of 2022? ›

Aggregate sales for the Fortune Global 500 hit $37.8 trillion, an increase of 19%—the highest annual growth rate in the list's history. Walmart landed at No. 1 for the ninth straight year, trailed by Amazon, which reached its highest ranking ever.

Who is the top 10 company? ›

The Top 10
  • 1Walmart.
  • 2Amazon.
  • 3Apple.
  • 4CVS Health.
  • 5UnitedHealth Group.
  • 6Exxon Mobil.
  • 7Berkshire Hathaway.
  • 8Alphabet.

What is the oldest logo in the world? ›

Twinings Tea

The company started up in London in 1706, but created its iconic logo in 1787. It's the oldest logo in the world that's had fully unceasing use.

What is the 3 oldest existing business? ›

Pot makers, Traditional sweets, Handicrafts business are the oldest existing businesses. Explanation: With increased technology and western effect, people rely more on quick and ready made products. They do not prefer buying traditional products.

What is the oldest city in the world? ›

Jericho, Palestine

A small city with a population of 20,000 people, Jericho, which is located in Palestine, is believed to be the oldest city in the world. Indeed, some of the earliest archeological evidence from the area dates back 11,000 years.

What was the 1st company? ›

First in an ignoble line was the East India Company, set up by British merchant adventurers and granted the Royal Charter of Queen Elizabeth I in 1600. Partners combined their personal stock, turning it into company stock to create the world's first commercial corporation.

What is the oldest stock? ›

100 Stocks
No.SymbolFounded
1GSK1715
2NWG1727
3IHG1777
4TAK1781
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What is the most respected company? ›

Companies who rank in the top half of their industry are defined as “most admired” within their industry.
...
FORTUNE World's Most Admired Top 50 All-Stars – Top 10:
  • Apple.
  • Amazon.com.
  • Microsoft.
  • Pfizer.
  • Walt Disney.
  • Berkshire Hathaway.
  • Alphabet.
  • Starbucks.
2 Feb 2022

What are the 3 richest companies in the world? ›

Top 12 Richest Companies In The World By Market Cap 2022
  • Apple Inc. ...
  • Saudi Aramco Market Cap ($2.33 trillion): It is the largest oil corporation in the world and accounts for more than half of Saudi Arabia's revenue. ...
  • Microsoft Corp. ...
  • Alphabet Inc. ...
  • Amazon.com Inc. ...
  • Tesla Inc. ...
  • Berkshire Hathaway Inc. ...
  • NVIDIA Corp.
16 Oct 2022

What is the most powerful private company in the world? ›

Largest private non-governmental companies by revenue
No.CompanyHeadquarters
1VitolNetherlands
5CargillUnited States
2Trafigura GroupSwitzerland
9HuaweiChina
92 more rows

What is the most profitable company ever? ›

Companies ranked by earnings
#NameEarnings
1Saudi Aramco 12222.SR$303.30 B
2Apple 2AAPL$122.03 B
3Microsoft 3MSFT$84.76 B
4Alphabet (Google) 4GOOG$78.96 B
56 more rows

What is the richest private company? ›

Cargill

Who owns the most assets in the world? ›

Rankings by Total Assets
RankProfileTotal Assets
1.AT&T$551,669,000,000
2.SoftBank Group Corporation$413,941,000,000
3.Royal Dutch Shell plc$404,336,000,000
4.Microsoft Corporation$364,840,000,000
92 more rows

What are the top 3 fastest growing industries? ›

Fastest-Growing Industries
RankIndustryEmployment
2021
1Motion Picture and Video Exhibition67,900
2Scenic/Sightseeing Transportation, Land7,600
3Insurance and Employee Benefit Funds8,300
7 more rows

What are the top 10 most profitable industries? ›

The 10 Most Profitable Industries in the US
  • Commercial Banking in the US. ...
  • Life Insurance & Annuities in the US. ...
  • Private Equity, Hedge Funds & Investment Vehicles in the US. ...
  • Software Publishing in the US. ...
  • Portfolio Management in the US. ...
  • Property, Casualty and Direct Insurance in the US. ...
  • Trusts & Estates in the US.

What was the richest company ever? ›

The VOC. The Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie (Anglicised: Dutch East India Company) was a megacorporation set up by the Dutch government by combining multiple rival Dutch charter companies into one mega-company, removing the competition which was stifling profits.

What company is worth the most all time? ›

A Full Breakdown of the Most Valuable Brands
RankBrandCountry
1AppleUnited States
2AmazonUnited States
3GoogleUnited States
4MicrosoftUnited States
6 more rows
8 Dec 2017

What is the most valuable company on earth? ›

Market Cap is an important metric in ascertaining the comparative value of firms with regard to trading opportunities. With its market capitalization of $2.64 trillion, Apple ranks as the largest company in the world in 2022 followed by some most recognizable brands like Saudi Aramco, Microsoft, Alphabet and Amazon.

Which city has the most billionaire? ›

San Francisco has the most billionaire residents of any city, and New York has the most millionaires.

Who owns the oldest company in the world? ›

As of 2021, the Japanese construction company Kongō Gumi, founded in 578 C.E is the oldest existing company worldwide, and has operated for around 1443 years.

What is the richest city in the world? ›

The study measured the most millionaires per city worldwide, and it turns out that New York City tops the list at number one.

What is the most loved company? ›

Company Matches
RankCompany
1General Electric
2FedEx
3Southwest Airlines
4Procter & Gamble
16 more rows

What is the number 1 most valuable brand? ›

With an increase of 35% since last year's report, Apple retains its top spot on the ranking as the world's most valuable brand, with a total brand value of $335.1 billion. This is the highest brand value ever recorded in the history of the Global 500 report, which has been published each year since 2007.

What is the 2nd most valuable company in the world? ›

Largest Companies by Market Cap
#Name1d
1Apple 1AAPL1.00%
2Saudi Aramco 22222.SR1.78%
3Microsoft 3MSFT0.16%
4Alphabet (Google) 4GOOG2.01%
56 more rows

What are 3 of America's most valuable companies today? ›

The Top 10
  • 1Walmart.
  • 2Amazon.
  • 3Apple.
  • 4CVS Health.
  • 5UnitedHealth Group.
  • 6Exxon Mobil.
  • 7Berkshire Hathaway.
  • 8Alphabet.

Who has the most assets in the world? ›

Rankings by Total Assets
RankProfileTotal Assets
1.AT&T$551,669,000,000
2.SoftBank Group Corporation$413,941,000,000
3.Royal Dutch Shell plc$404,336,000,000
4.Microsoft Corporation$364,840,000,000
92 more rows

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