5 Most Powerful and Influential Companies

In this article we discuss the 5 Most Powerful and Influential Companies. For our detailed discussion and a complete list check 15 Most Powerful and Influential Companies.

5) Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN)

Amazon operates across a wide range of industries. Its services encompass e-commerce, cloud computing, digital streaming, and artificial intelligence. Its former CEO Jeff Bezos is now the richest person in the world with an estimated net worth of whopping $182 billion. Amazon has been declared as one of the most influential forces in the world. It has an extensive international operation with products being sold across the entire globe.

4) BlackRock (NYSE: BLK)

With more than $7.81 trillion in assets under management, BlackRock is one of the Big three investment firms that dominate corporate America. With operating reach across more than 100 countries globally, it continues to dominate the field.

BlackRock has faced its fair share of criticism for its stakes in several defense companies, as well as its shares in thermal coal industries. BlackRock along with Vanguard and State Street has faced calls from non-profits as well as many legislators for regularizing them since they have combined assets of a whopping $15 trillion, an equivalent of three-quarters of the U.S economy. Few representatives in Congress have even gone so far as to term them as “Shadow banks”.

3) Facebook (NASDAQ: FB)

What started out from a dormitory of Harvard is now perhaps one of the most powerful companies in the world. With a net worth in excess of $600 billion, Facebook is being used by 2.7 billion active monthly users. In addition, Facebook owns many other social media platforms and subsidiary companies such as WhatsApp, Instagram, Onavo, and many others. Facebook holds the key to shape and alter perceptions all around the world. However, Facebook has been facing tough scrutiny and calls for investigation for its alleged failure to address hate crime, fake news, election meddling in United States and around the world.

2) Saudi Aramco (TADAWUL: 2222)

Often dubbed as the kingpin of the oil industry, Aramco is often ranked as the most profitable company in the world. It was founded after the Arabian American oil company in Saudi Arabia was nationalized and is now under the control of the Saudi government. It has a staggering market capitalization of $1.68 trillion. It is the world’s largest company in terms of profit with a whopping figure of more than $88 billion as of 2020. Aramco operates both the largest offshore and onshore oil fields in the world. In 2019, it reported having produced more than 3.6 billion barrels of crude oil.

1) Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL)

Founded in 1976 by the charismatic Steve Jobs, Apple tops the list of the most influential and powerful companies. From revolutionary products in the field of electronic devices ranging from iPhone to telecommunication equipment, personal computer as well as a plethora of other gadgets, Apple is now one of the most innovative companies in the world. Apple’s market cap at one point reached $2 trillion, even surpassing Aramco and making it the most profitable company in the world.

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