A list of the countries with the greatest corporate wealth in the world. Top 15 Countries for corporate market capitalization, 2009. The USA leads the list with total public market value of domestic corporations of $ 15,077,300,000,000 (in current US$), which is 30 percent of the value of the entire world's publicly listed corporate market capitalization. Listed are the domestically incorporated companies on the country's stock exchanges at the end of the year.
The countries on this list shouldn't be all too surprising. The majority of these nations are capitalist countries, which makes it easier for corporations to accumulate wealth. Given the size and stature of the country, both geographical and population wise, it's easy to understand why these countries possess many powerful companies. Not surprisingly, the United States is at the top of this list. Even less surprising is that China is number two and rising fast. Lots of corporations use Chinese labor to make their products and their economy will only attract more companies as long as they continue to rise as a worldwide economic power.
Though it may come as a surprise to some, but Hong Kong is on this list as well. Many corporations have headquarters in the small island cluster in the Southwest of China. It is a huge hub for banking and a lot of businesses are based out of Hong Kong. Add to that how exclusive it is there live there (along with favorable corporate conditions), especially on Hong Kong island and you have one of the most desired places for corporations.Listed companies does not include investment companies, mutual funds, or other collective investment funds. Source: World Bank.