Dear Valued Visitor,

We have noticed that you are using an ad blocker software.

Although advertisements on the web pages may degrade your experience, our business certainly depends on them and we can only keep providing you high-quality research based articles as long as we can display ads on our pages.

To view this article, you can disable your ad blocker and refresh this page or simply login.

We only allow registered users to use ad blockers. You can sign up for free by clicking here or you can login if you are already a member.

10 Largest Companies In The World By Assets

To say the 10 largest companies in the world by assets are controlling a lot of money would be a severe understatement.

There are over 100,000 publicly traded companies in the world. When it comes to listing the largest companies in the world by assets, it all depends upon the sorting criteria. Apple, Walmart and ExxonMobil may be the biggest companies in the world in terms of revenue, but these companies are nowhere to be found when we talk about assets.

Unsurprisingly, all of the companies on this list are from the banking and finance sector. That’s because banks hold the assets of millions of people, in addition to investing those assets for some of them. Loans also account for a major part of a bank’s assets (yes, they are considered assets, not liabilities). Banks earn higher interest rate on loans than on securities and strive to increase their assets in order to maintain a positive gap between their liabilities and assets.

Creative Lab/

Creative Lab/

After the 2008 financial crisis, banks started to hoard government bonds to bulk up their assets to support lending and growth. A recent report by the Wall Street Journal suggests that most of the central banks have stockpiled trillions of dollars’ worth of government bonds in order to solidify their safety nets. This practice is pushing the banks’ balance sheets to unprecedented levels. The total worth of assets owned by the European Central Bank more than doubled over the last few years. The Bank of Japan’s balance sheet and the size of Japan’s economy have approximately become equal. As of the end of 2014, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Citigroup, and US Bancorp hold over $6.8 trillion in assets, which is roughly half of the industry’s total assets of $15 trillion.

Most of the companies mentioned in this article are also among the 10 most profitable companies in the world in 2017, which makes them great investments and very popular among hedge funds. At Insider Monkey, we track over 700 of the most successful hedge funds ever in our database and identify only their best stock picks. Our flagship strategy has gained 44% since February 2016 and our stock picks released in the middle of February 2017 beat the market by over 5 percentage points in the three months that followed. Our latest stock picks were released in mid-May, which investors can gain access to by becoming a subscriber to Insider Monkey’s premium newsletters.

Having the importance of assets in mind, we’ll check out the 10 largest companies in the world by assets in this article. Check out the list beginning on the next page.

DOWNLOAD FREE REPORT: Warren Buffett's Best Stock Picks

Let Warren Buffett, George Soros, Steve Cohen, and Daniel Loeb WORK FOR YOU.

If you want to beat the low cost index funds by 19 percentage points per year, look no further than our monthly newsletter.In this free report you can find an in-depth analysis of the performance of Warren Buffett's entire historical stock picks. We uncovered Warren Buffett's Best Stock Picks and a way to for Buffett to improve his returns by more than 4 percentage points per year.

Bonus Biotech Stock Pick: You can also find a detailed bonus biotech stock pick that we expect to return more than 50% within 12 months.
Subscribe me to Insider Monkey's Free Daily Newsletter
This is a FREE report from Insider Monkey. Credit Card is NOT required.