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The History

The Fortune 100 is a subset of the annual list compiled and published by Fortune magazine that ranks the largest United States corporations by total revenue for their respective fiscal years. Ths list includes publicly held companies and privately held companies for which revenues are publicly available.

The Fortune 500 was first published in 1955 and was originally limited to companies in the manufacturing, mining, and energy industries. The first top 10 companies were General Motors, Jersey Standard, U.S. Steel, General Electric, Esmark, Chrysler, Armour, Gulf Oil, Mobil and DuPont. Much has changed from its inception to current times.

The 2019 List

As of 2019, Fortune 500 marks the 65th running of the list. In total, Fortune 500 companies represent two-thirds of the U.S. GDP with $13.7 trillion in revenues, $1.1 trillion in profits, $22.6 trillion in market value, and employ 28.7 million people worldwide.

How to Read the Chart

Each layer of the circle represents a different attribute, noted to the left. The color represents a different sector group.

Select 1 of the 6 below to sort the top 100 by the selected attribute.