Most Americans probably wouldn’t be very surprised by the biggest companies in this year’s Fortune 500. In order, they are Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT), Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM), Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), and Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.A, NYSE:BRK.B).
Those four companies combined generate almost $1.2 trillion in revenue, and are among the best-known businesses in the world, not just the U.S. But I would imagine few Americans have even heard of the #5 company on the list. (Answer to come shortly.)
That’s not necessarily a coincidence. Many of the largest companies that do business in the U.S. or are listed on U.S. public markets aren’t very well-known. Sometimes that’s because the businesses are “boring” or behind the scenes. Other times, it’s because those companies don’t seek out the limelight.
Here’s a list of 10 of the largest companies that most of us never even have heard of.