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Comparison of the World’s 25 Largest Corporations with the GDP of Selected Countries

This table compares top companies’ revenue with ten countries’ GDP. In 2010, Wal-Mart’s revenues were on par with Norway’s GDP. Both Exxon Mobil and Chevron took in greater revenues than the entire GDP of Romania. Even after the financial crisis, Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, and Wells Fargo remain in the top 20 of the world’s largest corporations, each with revenues higher than Iraq’s GDP. Costco’s revenue was greater than the total GDP of Luxembourg. Measuring dollar-value GDP against dollar-value firm revenue reveals the vast power corporations hold and raises interesting questions: Do corporations have obligations to civil society? How can corporations be held accountable?

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