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The World’s Largest Companies 2012

A look at the companies that topped this year's Fortune Global 500


Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) is no longer the world’s largest company.

Anemic sales in the U.S. coupled with several PR nightmares have contributed to the big-box retailer’s fall from No. 1 to No. 3 on this year’s Fortune Global 500 list. The successes and undertakings of big oil also played a role in Wal-Mart’s exit from the top spot.

Here’s a quick look at the world’s 20 biggest corporate titans.

  1. Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE:RDS.A, NYSE:RDS.B)
  2. Exxon Mobile (NYSE:XOM)
  3. Wal-Mart
  4. BP (NYSE:BP)
  5. Sinopec Group
  6. China National Petroleum
  7. State Grid
  8. Chevron (NYSE:CVX)
  9. ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP)
  10. Toyota Motor (NYSE:TM)
  11. Total (NYSE:TOT)
  12. Volkswagen (PINK:VLKAY)
  13. Japan Post Holdings
  14. Glencore International (PINK:GLNCY)
  15. Gazprom (PINK:OGZPY)
  17. ENI (NYSE:E)
  18. ING (NYSE:ING)
  19. General Motors (NYSE:GM)
  20. Samsung Electronics

You can visit CNNMoney to find out what other companies made Fortune’s Global 500.

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