Number of shareHoldersWhich company have the largest number of shareholders in all over the world? how much?

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boblawrence eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Your question is a good one...and hard to answer.  The U.S. Fortune 500 lists the top US companies in terms of REVENUE, with Wal-Mart at the top.  The Global 500 lists Wal-Mart as No. 1 as well. In terms of profit, Exxon-Mobil is number 1 in the world.  But which of these...or possibly another company such as Apple has more outstanding shares?  This, I have been unable to determine.  My guess is that Wal-Mart would also be the winner in the share category.

accessteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I'm tempted to be very clever here and say that we could actually consider the earth to be a company, with every living thing on it being a shareholder. Of course, given the increased focus on the environment and sustainable living, this becomes particularly relevant when we think about the shareholding concept and what we do or don't do to ensure the survival of the earth as a company.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
I do not tnink it is possible to answer this question. Most companies, even publicly-held companies, do not like to publicize information about their shareholders. Exxon Mobile and Apple had the largest market value among publicly traded companies last year.