Thu, 26 Apr 2012 09:15:35 GMT | By Scott DeCarlo, Forbes.com
The world's biggest companies

The Forbes Global 2000 is an annual ranking of the world's largest companies.



The Forbes Global 2000 is an annual ranking of the world's largest companies. (© AP; Getty Images/AFP; courtesy Shell)
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  • Wells Fargo
  • Berkshire Hathaway (© Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
  • PetroChina (© Getty Images/AFP)
  • HSBC Holdings (© AP)
  • ICBC (© Remy de la Mauviniere/AP Photo)
  • Royal Dutch Shell (© Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images/Newscom)
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Worried about the global economy? It's easy to see why. Europe shovels stimulus and America grapples for growth. Asia, long a bright spot, is dimming. Yet the world's largest companies still thrive, with double-digit growth in sales and earnings last year. Here are the top 10 biggest companies in the world.*

* The Forbes Global 2000 are public companies and are ranked using an equal weighting of sales, profits, assets and market value to rank companies according to size.

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