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Forgot about becoming an astronaut—these days, kids are three times more likely to dream of becoming a professional YouTuber.

And who can blame them? With a big enough fan base, vlogging can be a lucrative business. Who exactly are these professional content creators, and how do they make their money?

This graphic by Accredited Debt Relief shows the most popular YouTuber in nearly every country. The list only considers individual YouTubers, so brands, bands, or shows didn’t make the cut.

How Do YouTubers Make Money?

Before diving into the list, it’s important to understand the basics of the business. How do these content creators generate revenue?

  • Advertisements
    If a YouTuber reaches 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 watch hours within a year, they can start to monetize their account with advertisements. YouTubers only get paid when a viewer watches the full ad, or clicks on it.
  • YouTube Premium
    This is a monthly subscription service that allows fans to watch their favourite content without ads. YouTubers get a cut of subscription profits, based on how many views their channel attracts.
  • Corporate Sponsorships
    Also known as influencer marketing, this is when brands pay content creators to promote their product. A vlogger typically needs a large following before brands are willing to work with them, but expectations from brands vary based on the company and their marketing objectives.
  • Merchandise Sales
    If an influencer has a loyal fan base, they can make a pretty penny selling branded swag. It’s estimated that PewDiePie, the world’s most popular YouTuber, makes over $6 million a month from merch sales.

While there are several options for making money on YouTube, it’s nearly impossible to make a living without a large following.

The Full Breakdown

With over 50 million content creators on YouTube, getting noticed is no easy feat. Here’s a look at the most popular YouTubers in 187 different countries, based on their total subscribers:

CountryYouTuberCategorySubscribersEst. Monthly Earnings (USD$)
🇮🇸 IcelandSorelle AmoreEntertainment965,000$3,300
🇧🇸 BahamasCrypto BeadlesTech92,600$2,400
🇨🇾 CyprusTumkaGames / Тумка:3Gaming900,000$7,900
🇲🇿 MozambiqueArte e VidaEntertainment86,800$655
🇹🇿 TanzaniaYoung TubersKids828,000$63,100
🇱🇾 LibyaKing GTAGaming812,000$69,900
🇪🇹 EthiopiaAmharic CookingHow To81,700$872
🇧🇼 BotswanaShree craft placeHow To80,800$11,000
🇳🇷 NauruJerseySurvivorEntertainment80,700$2,800
🇹🇴 TongaTasteoftheSouthPacificHow To8,700$281
🇯🇵 Japanはじめしゃちょー(hajime)Entertainment8,710,000$238,800
🇻🇳 VietnamNTN VlogsEntertainment8,610,000$19,600
🇸🇪 SwedenNarins BeautyBeauty & Style8,310,000$203,300
🇷🇸 SerbiaLife Hacks & ExperimentsHow To8,040,000$318,400
🇫🇲 Micronesia, Federated States ofdxd101Entertainment79,300$2,700
🇯🇲 JamaicaYanriqueGaming785,000$50,300
🇬🇾 GuyanaPro MarathiTech77,000$29
🇵🇸 PalestineFozi MoziKids7,700,000$723,900
🇮🇹 ItalyMarziaEntertainment7,660,000$1,800
🇩🇿 AlgeriaOum WalidHow To7,470,000$217,700
🇹🇱 Timor Lesteking_vieira OFFICIALMusic7,300$221
🇮🇶 Iraqقناة منوعات الكوميدية العراقيهPeople & Blogs7,260,000$593,000
🇦🇿 AzerbaijanResul Abbasov OfficialEntertainment668,000$33,400
🇲🇪 MontenegroAdnanBroGaming626,000$18,000
🇸🇨 SeychellesRosa GrunerGaming60,900$7,100
🇬🇼 Guinea-BissauEditing ki DukanHow To60,500$635
🇷🇴 RomaniaBe InspiredEducation6,690,000$86,500
🇳🇬 NigeriaMarkAngelComedyComedy6,340,000$326,800
🇵🇦 PanamaMimonona StoriesKids6,230,000$7,900
🇱🇦 LaosBigyai SeehaladEntertainment582,000$114,300
🇧🇧 BarbadosBrilliant NewsEntertainment580,000$158,500
🇧🇹 BhutanCigano RamiresPeople & Blogs56,900$7,200
🇺🇸 United States of AmericaLike NastyaKids56,900,000$7,730,000
🇧🇿 Belizengashigi kangleipakPeople & Blogs56,300$806
🇩🇯 DjiboutiEman LotfiEntertainment55,700$1,400
🇨🇺 CubaLifeplesEntertainment538,000$70,700
🇧🇳 BruneiBernardo WerneckEntertainment52,800n/a
🇸🇲 San MarinoBlackJack997Autos51,500$222
🇲🇳 MongoliaMesmerism OfficialComedy504,000$16,300
🇫🇮 FinlandTheRelaxingEndGaming5,800,000$128,600
🇦🇩 AndorraTri-lineEntertainment5,700,000$127,900
🇺🇾 UruguayDosogasEntertainment5,600,000$55,800
🇪🇬 EgyptAhmed Hassan FamilyEntertainment5,450,000$218,200
🇸🇬 Singaporeমায়াজালEntertainment5,320,000$19,000
🇳🇿 New ZealandRainbow LearningKids5,250,000$5,100
🇬🇪 GeorgiaGuka Family ShowKids5,210,000$339,800
🇰🇼 KuwaitAboFlahGaming5,130,000$786,800
🇵🇹 PortugalSirKazzioEntertainment5,060,000$11,600
🇦🇹 AustriaFabio WibmerSports5,020,000$317,000
🇻🇨 Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesThe Motivator 2Sports48,100$60
🇲🇬 MadagascarPhilippe MARRONESports47,700$3,800
🇸🇧 Solomon IslandsCaroline ElizabethEntertainment45,400$54
🇬🇭 GhanaRakGhanaComedy448,000$12,600
🇲🇼 MalawiDj Àmit ÁligarhMusic44,100$468
🇲🇽 MexicoBadabunEntertainment43,000,000$299,100
🇧🇯 BeninMa ChaîneHow To42,000$611
🇨🇱 ChileHolaSoyGermanEntertainment41,100,000$208,400
🇮🇱 IsraelJamal alimwase ـ جمال العمواسيNature4,730,000$89,100
🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 WalesBen PhillipsEntertainment4,610,000$53,600
🇲🇾 MalaysiaPlataBushGaming4,590,000$70,000
🇧🇩 BangladeshFarjana Drawing AcademyHow To4,580,000$225,300
🇵🇱 PolandBlowekEntertainment4,530,000$87,700
🇲🇦 MoroccoYassPlaysGaming4,460,000$322,900
🇸🇮 SloveniaTimKo KidKids4,450,000$58,200
🇻🇪 VenezuelaKeiferMCGaming4,310,000$210,000
🇩🇴 Dominican RepublicElFlacoWTFEntertainment4,270,000$54,000
🇧🇪 BelgiumAkosi DogieEntertainment4,210,000$415,400
🇸🇩 Sudanالمنهج السلفي بالسودانPeople & Blogs398,000$20,400
🇧🇷 BrazilwhinderssonnunesComedy39,800,000$62,400
🇸🇴 SomaliaBalanbaalis StudioMusic384,000$1,500
🇳🇦 NamibiaNamiban gospel musicEntertainment38,800$1,200
🇧🇫 Burkina FasoJackson OliveiraEntertainment38,700$333
🇪🇸 SpainelrubiusOMGEntertainment38,000,000$204,400
🇸🇱 Sierra LeoneBlackPearlHow To36,800$327
🇸🇻 El SalvadorFernanflooGaming36,600,000$730,900
🇿🇼 ZimbabweKing GryphGaming334,000$639
🇰🇳 Saint Kitts and NevisDr.MungliEducation33,500$873
🇰🇪 KenyaHenry DeSaguEntertainment328,000$8,800
🇹🇬 TogoFortnite FantasyGaming310,000$2,900
🇹🇻 TuvaluGuruKidHDGaming31,800$9
🇹🇲 TurkmenistanNed TocinoEntertainment31,200n/a
🇲🇴 Macau籽岷Gaming300,000$1,200
🇬🇳 GuineaFaits - Divers GUINEENews30,600$11
🇩🇰 DenmarkSYBO TVGaming3,750,000$76,400
🇹🇳 TunisiaBorn2KillGaming3,690,000$232,300
🇧🇭 Bahrainعمر فاروق Omar FarooqEntertainment3,500,000$23,800
🇦🇱 AlbaniaCo VinesEntertainment3,440,000$81,700
🇵🇰 PakistanKitchen with AmnaHow To3,420,000$101,700
🇵🇼 PalauAnanda KellyHow To3,300$26
🇹🇼 TaiwanTGOP (This Group Of People)Entertainment3,260,000$15,300
🇯🇴 JordanRozzahEntertainment3,210,000$38,200
🇪🇪 EstoniaLife of BorisEntertainment3,040,000$56,200
🇨🇭 SwitzerlandLE GRAND JDEntertainment3,020,000$65,300
🇨🇲 CameroonBYSNESS Comédie ClubComedy292,000$7,300
🇱🇨 Saint LuciaThe Dating GuruHow To28,000$32
🇱🇮 Liechtensteincaracol3000News27,200$818
🇰🇵 North KoreaMaking ASMRHow To260,000$15
🇸🇹 Sao Tome and PrincipeAnrita MelchizedekEducation25,300$95
🇨🇦 CanadaVanossGamingGaming25,100,000$429,000
🇹🇹 Trinidad and TobagoCertified sampsonComedy241,000$19,400
🇮🇪 Ireland (Republic of)jacksepticeyeGaming24,300,000$991,700
🇮🇩 IndonesiaAtta HalilintarEntertainment24,100,000$218,900
🇨🇬 Congo (Republic of the)ASTUCES NATURELLES - DR KOLOEducation230,000$1,300
🇩🇲 DominicaChanel Raphael.People & Blogs23,500$1,900
🇬🇩 GrenadaLaura FordeHow To23,200$611
🇺🇿 UzbekistanJasur HamroyevPeople & Blogs220,000$2,000
🇮🇳 IndiaCarryMinatiComedy22,700,000$66,100
🇦🇪 United Arab EmiratesshfaKids22,200,000$287,200
🇹🇯 TajikistanShava TuBePeople & Blogs215,000$674
🇱🇺 LuxembourgLuxGamerGaming215,000$269
🇦🇫 AfghanistanTech ZaadaTech206,000$8,100
🇨🇻 Cape VerdeFred walkthroughGaming203,000$1,800
🇹🇩 ChadtwifacetubeEntertainment20,100$130
🇧🇾 BelarusA4Entertainment20,000,000$2,210,000
🇬🇧 Ireland (Northern)Adam BPeople & Blogs2,930,0000$47,600
🇾🇪 Yemenصدام العزيEntertainment2,890,0000$92,000
🇨🇿 Czech RepublicViralBrothersEntertainment2,780,000$7,800
🇱🇷 Liberiaمهووس عضلات/كمال الاجسامHow To2,770,000$136,900
🇸🇰 SlovakiaPeter PlutaXHow To2,700,000$169,000
🇲🇹 MaltaGrandayyEntertainment2,690,000$133,300
🇳🇮 NicaraguaJR INNComedy2,670,000$65,200
🇭🇰 Hong KongEmi WongPeople & Blogs2,540,000$42,700
🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 ScotlandMike BoydEntertainment2,440,000$31,500
🇲🇩 MoldovaGurinelTVKids2,410,000$460,700
🇬🇷 GreeceKM MusicEntertainment2,260,000$317,100
🇵🇾 ParaguayTÍO RICZEREntertainment2,200,000$15,600
🇱🇹 LithuaniaMaria OMGEntertainment2,160,000$128,100
🇴🇲 Omanقرية العجائبEntertainment2,150,000$13,000
🇱🇧 LebanonLaila MouradEntertainment2,140,000$7,200
🇧🇬 BulgariaBodil40Gaming2,030,000$14,800
🇰🇲 ComorosVallenatos En Vivo OficialEntertainment199,000$152
🇭🇹 HaitiKomedyen Lakay OfficialComedy197,000$4,300
🇦🇴 AngolaShiryuAmigo龍Comedy196,000$316
🇲🇱 MaliMS2A FUNNYComedy195,000$5,600
🇨🇫 Central African RepublicTHE TRUE ROYAL FAMILYEducation19,700$311
🇦🇷 ArgentinaDrossRotzankEntertainment19,600,000$131,100
🇩🇪 GermanyHaerteTestEntertainment18,900,000$25,600
🇲🇺 MauritiusIkhlaas MJEntertainment170,000$34,900
🇸🇦 Saudi ArabiammoshayaEntertainment17,300,000$913,300
🇺🇦 UkraineSlivkiShowEntertainment16,900,000$620,200
🇧🇮 BurundiGasore Ismael ComedienComedy16,400$429
🇦🇺 AustraliaCKN ToysKids15,400,000$838,700
🇸🇷 SurinameSRJ MusikMusic146,000$820
🇫🇷 FranceSQUEEZIEEntertainment14,700,000$325,200
🇮🇷 IranKhanAga Alireza Alibabaei JabbariEntertainment138,000$63
🇷🇺 RussiaTheBrianMapsEntertainment13,900,000$126,900
🇰🇷 South KoreaBoram Tube ToysReview [보람튜브 토이리뷰]Kids13,800,000$13,400
🇹🇭 ThailandKaykai SalaiderEntertainment13,600,000$194,600
🇳🇱 NetherlandsNikkieTutorialsBeauty & Style13,400,000$90,500
🇵🇪 PeruShidory DrawblogsEntertainment13,300,000$195,900
🇹🇷 TurkeyEnes BaturEntertainment13,100,000$1,120,000
🇵🇭 PhilippinesRanz KyleEntertainment12,000,000$52,400
🇲🇲 MyanmarkhunThinmg paoComedy119,000$4,800
🇬🇦 GabonXavier HUBERT-BRIERRENature113,000$7,000
🇨🇴 ColombiaAmi RodriguezEntertainment11,700,000$244,000
🇬🇲 The GambiaebrohaughPeople & Blogs11,400$159
🇨🇳 China李子柒 LiziqiHow To11,100,000$810,000
🇷🇼 RwandaShangazi Emma-ClaudinePeople & Blogs108,000$2,900
🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 EnglandPewDiePieEntertainment105,000,000$1,160,000
🇲🇷 MauritaniaINFOS AABDTech102,000$236
🇳🇴 NorwaySaraBeautyCorner - DIY, Comedy, Makeup, Nail ArtBeauty & Style10,600,000$100,900
🇪🇨 EcuadorDoc TopsEntertainment10,500,000$307,500
🇰🇮 KiribatiTV WULKAN - లొఽథటలలొప్రఠఽరగల్వEntertainment10,200$2
🇱🇸 LesothoOmnia StarsHow To1,900$2
🇭🇺 HungaryR3D 1Entertainment1,990,000$56,200
🇰🇭 CambodiafanKIDEntertainment1,940,000$38,000
🇱🇻 LatviaLittle Movies Games & FunGaming1,940,000$19,800
🇳🇵 NepalTattato KhabarNews1,850,000$69,800
🇬🇹 GuatemalaJexsComedy1,810,000$102,000
🇿🇦 South AfricamorecasparEntertainment1,750,000$205
🇨🇮 Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)video whatsapptubeEntertainment1,700,000$5,100
🇨🇷 Costa RicaGermán RodezelEntertainment1,690,000$13,600
🇧🇴 BoliviaEdson FDBGaming1,640,000$48,800
🇶🇦 QatarKareemtime OfficialComedy1,530,000$40,000
🇧🇦 Bosnia and HerzegovinaOmcoComedy1,480,000$227,000
🇲🇨 MonacoJon OlssonPeople & Blogs1,470,000$24,900
🇿🇲 ZambiaCartoon ClubKids1,440,000$3,400
🇱🇰 Sri LankaApé AmmaPeople & Blogs1,430,000$94,500
🇦🇲 ArmeniaArin أرينEntertainment1,410,000$145,500
🇰🇿 KazakhstanEkaterina SaibelPeople & Blogs1,310,000$20,600
🇭🇳 Hondurasmúsicos Cínicos 鯉Music1,270,000$139,600
🇭🇷 CroatiaDoctor DSAutos1,260,000$86,400
🇸🇳 SenegalHussein and Zeinab.Kids1,230,000$184,700
🇺🇬 UgandaMasaka Kids AfrikanaKids1,140,000$103,600
🇰🇬 KyrgyzstanСань ЯньKids1,140,000$475
🇸🇾 SyriaOtakuGamer - أوتاكو قيمرGaming1,130,000$114,900
🇸🇿 Swaziland (Eswatini)OuSSama MiZaniEntertainment779n/a

*Note: Estimated earnings were calculated via NoxInfluencer. Actual earnings may vary.

As mentioned earlier, the world’s most popular YouTuber is Swedish-born vlogger PewDiePie. He’s well known for his “Let’s Play” videos, which document him playing various video games. PewDiePie joined YouTube in 2010, and has now amassed 105 million subscribers. While he’s based in England, his channel is registered under the United States.

It’s worth noting the vast discrepancies between certain countries. For example, while the U.S.’s most popular YouTuber, Like Nastya boasts 57 million subscribers, Eswatini’s top vlogger, OuSSama MiZani has less than 800. Clearly, some markets are more saturated than others.

Categories, Ranked by Popularity

Geography isn’t the only factor that impacts popularity—the type of content is important as well. Which 10 categories do the top earning YouTubers fall into?

RankCategoryNumber of Top Earning YouTubers
1Entertainment72
2Gaming25
3How To18
4Comedy16
5Kids15
6People & Blogs14
7Education5
8Music5
9Tech4
10Beauty & Style3

Not surprisingly, the most popular category is entertainment, which has 72 of the top earning YouTubers. Some of the biggest YouTube personalities fall under this category, such as PewDiePie and Chilean YouTuber HolaSoyGerman, who has 41 million subscribers.

The second most popular category is gaming, which has 25 of YouTube’s top earners. Some big names in this category include Ireland’s jacksepticeye with 24.7 million subscribers, and Canada’s VanossGaming, who has 25.2 million.

In third place are “How To” videos—18 of the 187 top earners fall into this category. Life Hacks & Experiments is the most popular YouTuber in this group, with 8.3 million subscribers.

Categories, Ranked by Earnings

Here’s the highest earning YouTuber on this list for each category.

RankCategoryTop Earner in CategoryEst. Monthly Earnings   
1KidsLike Nastya$7.73M
2EntertainmentA4$2.21M
3Gamingjacksepticeye$991.7K
4How To李子柒 Liziqi$810.0K
5People & Blogsقناة منوعات الكوميدية العراقيه$593.0K
6ComedyMarkAngelComedy$326.8K
7SportsFabio Wibmer$317.0K
8Beauty & StyleNarins Beauty$203.3K
9NatureJamal alimwase ـ جمال العمواسي$89.1K
10EducationBe Inspired$86.5K
11AutoDoctor DS$86.4K
12NewsTattato Khabar$69.8K
13TechTech Zaada$8.1K
14MusicBalanbaalis Studio$1.5K

When ranked by monthly earnings, the kids category comes in at first place. Six-year-old Like Nastya makes an estimated $7.73 million per month—that’s over 5 million more than the second ranking category, which is entertainment. The third most lucrative category is gaming, with the highest earner, jacksepticeye grossing an estimated $990,000 a month.

It’s important to note that figures are estimates of each YouTuber’s ad revenue, so it doesn’t account for corporate sponsorships, merchandise sales, or any fan donations.

So for all we know, these influencers could be making even more money. If that doesn’t inspire you to start posting amateur videos on YouTube, we don’t know what will.

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Visualized: The Biggest Ponzi Schemes in Modern History

Learn the stories behind some of the world’s biggest Ponzi schemes in this illustrative infographic timeline.

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The Biggest Ponzi Schemes in Modern History

Some things simply sound too good to be true, but when money is involved, our judgement can become clouded.

This is often the case with Ponzi schemes, a type of financial fraud that lures investors by promising abnormally high returns. Money brought in by new members is used to pay the scheme’s founders, as well as its earlier investors.

The scheme is named after Charles Ponzi, an Italian who became infamous in the 1920s for claiming he could double his clients’ money within 90 days. Since then, numerous Ponzi schemes have been orchestrated around the globe.

To help you learn more about these sophisticated crimes, this infographic examines some of the biggest Ponzi schemes in modern history.

Ponzi Schemes in the 20th Century

The 1990s saw a number of large Ponzi schemes worth upwards of $500 million.

CountryDate EndedName of Scheme and FounderValue (USD)
Belgium1991Moneytron, Jean-Pierre Van Rossem$860M
Romania1994Caritas, Ioan Stoica$1B - $5B
Russia1994MMM, Sergei Mavrodi$10B
U.S.1997Great Ministries International, Geral Payne$500M

In many cases, these schemes thrived by taking advantage of the unsuspecting public who often lacked any knowledge of investing. Caritas, for example, was a Ponzi scheme based in Romania that marketed itself as a “self-help game” for the poor.

The scheme was initially very successful, tricking millions of people into making deposits by offering the chance to earn an 800% return after three months. This was not sustainable, and Caritas was eventually unable to distribute further winnings.

Caritas operated for only two years, but its “success” was undeniable. In 1993, it was estimated that a third of the country’s money was circulating through the scheme.

Ponzi Schemes in the 21st Century

The American public has fallen victim to numerous multi-billion dollar Ponzi schemes since the beginning of the 21st century.

CountryDate EndedName of Scheme and FounderValue (USD)
U.S.2003Mutual Benefits Company, Joel Steinger$1B
U.S.2003Petters Group Worldwide, Tom Petters$4B
U.S.2008Madoff Investment Scandal, Bernie Madoff$65B
U.S.2012Stanford Financial Group, Allen Stanford$7B

Many of these schemes have made major headlines, but much less is said about the thousands of everyday Americans that were left in financial ruin.

For victims of the Madoff Investment Scandal, receiving any form of compensation has been a drawn-out process. In 2018, 10 years after the scheme was uncovered, a court-appointed trustee managed to recover $13 billion by liquidating Madoff’s firm and personal assets.

As NPR reported, investors may recover up to 60 to 70 percent of their initial investment only. For victims who had to delay retirement or drastically alter their lifestyles, this compensation likely provides little solace.

Do the Crime, Pay the Time

Running a Ponzi scheme is likely to land you in jail for a long time, at least in the U.S.

In 2009, for example, 71-year-old Bernie Madoff pled guilty to 11 federal felonies and was sentenced to 150 years in prison. That’s 135 years longer than the average U.S. murder conviction.

Outside of the U.S., it’s a much different story. Weaker regulation and enforcement, particularly in developing countries, means a number of schemes are ongoing today.

Sergei Mavrodi, known for running the Russian Ponzi scheme MMM, started a new organization named MMM Global after being released from prison in 2011. Although he died in March 2018, his self-described “social financial network” has established a base in several Southeast Asian and African countries.

If you or someone you know is worried about falling victim to a Ponzi scheme, this checklist from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) may be a useful resource.

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The Top 100 Companies of the World: The U.S. vs Everyone Else

Where are the top 100 companies of the world located? We highlight the U.S. share of the top companies by market capitalization .

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The Top 100 Companies of the World: U.S. vs Everyone

When it comes to breaking down the top 100 companies of the world, the United States still commands the largest slice of the pie.

Throughout the 20th century and before globalization reached its current peaks, American companies made the country an economic powerhouse and the source of a majority of global market value.

But even as countries like China have made headway with multi-billion dollar companies of their own, and the market’s most important sectors have shifted, the U.S. has managed to stay on top.

How do the top 100 companies of the world stack up? This visualization pulls from PwC’s annual ranking of the world’s largest companies, using market capitalization data from May 2021.

Where are the World’s Largest Companies Located?

The world’s top 100 companies account for a massive $31.7 trillion in market cap, but that wealth is not distributed evenly.

Between companies, there’s a wide range of market caps. For example, the difference between the world’s largest company (Apple) and the 100th largest (Anheuser-Busch) is $1.9 trillion.

And between countries, that divide becomes even more stark. Of the 16 countries with companies making the top 100 ranking, the U.S. accounts for 65% of the total market cap value.

Location# of CompaniesMarket Capitalization (May 2021)
🇺🇸 United States59$20.55T
🇨🇳 China14$4.19T
🇸🇦 Saudi Arabia1$1.92T
🇨🇭 Switzerland3$0.82T
🇳🇱 Netherlands3$0.58T
🇯🇵 Japan3$0.56T
🇫🇷 France2$0.55T
🇩🇪 Germany3$0.46T
🇰🇷 South Korea1$0.43T
🇬🇧 United Kingdom3$0.43T
🇮🇳 India2$0.34T
🇮🇪 Ireland2$0.34T
🇦🇺 Australia1$0.16T
🇩🇰 Denmark1$0.16T
🇨🇦 Canada1$0.13T
🇧🇪 Belgium1$0.13T

Compared to the U.S., other once-prominent markets like Japan, France, and the UK have seen their share of the world’s top 100 companies falter over the years. In fact, all of Europe accounts for just $3.46 trillion or 11% of the total market cap value of the list.

A major reason for the U.S. dominance in market values is a shift in important industries and contributors. Of the world’s top 100 companies, 52% were based in either technology or consumer discretionary, and the current largest players like Apple, Alphabet, Tesla, and Walmart are all American-based.

The Top 100 Companies of the World: Competition From China

The biggest and most impressive competitor to the U.S. is China.

With 14 companies of its own in the world’s top 100, China accounted for $4.19 trillion or 13% of the top 100’s total market cap value. That includes two of the top 10 firms by market cap, Tencent and Alibaba.

 CompanyCountrySectorMarket Cap (May 2021)
#1AppleUnited StatesTechnology$2,051B
#2Saudi AramcoSaudi ArabiaEnergy$1,920B
#3MicrosoftUnited StatesTechnology$1,778B
#4AmazonUnited StatesConsumer Discretionary$1,558B
#5AlphabetUnited StatesTechnology$1,393B
#6FacebookUnited StatesTechnology$839B
#7TencentChinaTechnology$753B
#8TeslaUnited StatesConsumer Discretionary$641B
#9AlibabaChinaConsumer Discretionary$615B
#10Berkshire HathwayUnited StatesFinancials$588B
#11TSMCChinaTechnology$534B
#12VisaUnited StatesIndustrials$468B
#13JPMorgan ChaseUnited StatesFinancials$465B
#14Johnson & JohnsonUnited StatesHealth Care$433B
#15Samsung ElectronicsSouth KoreaTechnology$431B
#16Kweichow MoutaiChinaConsumer Staples$385B
#17WalmartUnited StatesConsumer Discretionary$383B
#18MastercardUnited StatesIndustrials$354B
#19UnitedHealth GroupUnited StatesHealth Care$352B
#20LVMH Moët HennessyFranceConsumer Discretionary$337B
#21Walt Disney CoUnited StatesConsumer Discretionary$335B
#22Bank of AmericaUnited StatesFinancials$334B
#23Procter & GambleUnited StatesConsumer Staples$333B
#24NvidiaUnited StatesTechnology$331B
#25Home DepotUnited StatesConsumer Discretionary$329B
#26Nestle SASwitzerlandConsumer Staples$322B
#27ICBCChinaFinancials$290B
#28Paypal HoldingsUnited StatesIndustrials$284B
#29Roche HoldingsSwitzerlandHealth Care$283B
#30Intel United StatesTechnology$261B
#31ASML Holding NVNetherlandsTechnology$255B
#32Toyota MotorJapanConsumer Discretionary$254B
#33ComcastUnited StatesTelecommunication$248B
#34Verizon CommunicationsUnited StatesTelecommunication$241B
#35Exxon MobilUnited StatesEnergy$236B
#36NetflixUnited StatesConsumer Discretionary$231B
#37AdobeUnited StatesTechnology$228B
#38Coca-Cola Co United StatesConsumer Staples$227B
#39MeituanChinaTechnology$226B
#40Ping AnChinaFinancials$219B
#41Cisco SystemsUnited StatesTelecommunication$218B
#42AT&TUnited StatesFinancials$216B
#43L'OréalFranceConsumer Discretionary$215B
#44China Construction BankChinaFinancials$213B
#45Abbott LabsUnited StatesHealth Care$212B
#46Novartis AGSwitzerlandHealth Care$212B
#47NikeUnited StatesConsumer Discretionary$209B
#48Oracle United StatesTechnology$202B
#49PfizerUnited StatesHealth Care$202B
#50ChevronUnited StatesOil & Gas$202B
#51China Merchants BankChinaFinancials$196B
#52PepsiCoUnited StatesConsumer Staples$195B
#53Salesforce.comUnited StatesTechnology$195B
#54Merck & CoUnited StatesHealth Care$195B
#55AbbVieUnited StatesHealth Care$191B
#56BroadcomUnited StatesTechnology$189B
#57Prosus NVNetherlandsTechnology$181B
#58Reliance IndustriesIndiaEnergy$180B
#59Thermo Fisher ScientificUnited StatesHealth Care$180B
#60Eli Lilly & CoUnited StatesHealth Care$179B
#61Agricultural Bank of ChinaChinaFinancials$178B
#62Softbank GroupJapanTelecommunication$176B
#63Accenture IrelandIndustrials$176B
#64Texas InstrumentsUnited StatesTechnology$174B
#65McDonaldsUnited StatesConsumer Discretionary$167B
#66Volkswagen AGGermanyConsumer Discretionary$165B
#67BHP GroupAustraliaBasic Materials$163B
#68Wells Fargo & CoUnited StatesFinancials$162B
#69Tata Consultancy ServicesIndiaTechnology$161B
#70DanaherUnited StatesHealth Care$160B
#71Novo NordiskDenmarkHealth Care$160B
#72Medtronic IrelandHealth Care$159B
#73Wuliangye YibinChinaConsumer Staples$159B
#74Costco WholesaleUnited StatesConsumer Discretionary$156B
#75T-Mobile USUnited StatesTelecommunication$156B
#76CitigroupUnited StatesFinancials$152B
#77HoneywellUnited StatesIndustrials$151B
#78QualcommUnited StatesTechnology$151B
#79SAP SEGermanyTechnology$151B
#80BoeingUnited StatesIndustrials$149B
#81Royal Dutch Shell NetherlandsOil & Gas$148B
#82NextEra EnergyUnited StatesUtilities$148B
#83United Parcel ServiceUnited StatesIndustrials$148B
#84Union PACUnited StatesIndustrials$148B
#85Unilever United KingdomConsumer Staples$147B
#86AIA ChinaFinancials$147B
#87LindeUnited KingdomBasic Materials$146B
#88AmgenUnited StatesHealth Care$144B
#89Bristol Myers SquibbUnited StatesHealth Care$141B
#90Siemens AGGermanyIndustrials$140B
#91Bank of ChinaChinaFinancials$139B
#92Philip MorrisUnited StatesConsumer Staples$138B
#93Lowe's CompaniesUnited StatesConsumer Discretionary$136B
#94Charter CommunicationsUnited StatesTelecommunication$135B
#95China MobileChinaTelecommunication$134B
#96Sony GroupJapanConsumer Discretionary$132B
#97AstrazenecaUnited KingdomHealth Care$131B
#98Royal Bank of CanadaCanadaFinancials$131B
#99StarbucksUnited StatesConsumer Discretionary$129B
#100Anheuser-BuschBelgiumConsumer Staples$128B

Impressively, China’s rise in market value isn’t limited to well-known tech and consumer companies. The country’s second biggest contributing industry to the top 100 firms was finance, once also the most valuable sector in the U.S. (currently 4th behind tech, consumer discretionary, and health care).

Other notable countries on the list include Saudi Arabia and its state-owned oil and gas giant Saudi Aramco, which is the third largest company in the world. Despite only having one company in the top 100, Saudi Arabia had the third-largest share of the top 100’s total market cap value.

As Europe continues to lose ground year-over-year and the rest of Asia struggles to keep up, the top 100 companies might become increasingly concentrated in just the U.S. and China. The question is, will the imbalance of global market value start to even out, or become even bigger?

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