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June 12, 2004

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Lots of Zeroes Here

Of the world’s 100 largest economic entities, 51 are now corporations and 49 are countries.

Check out the weird powers-of-two pattern in the top tier of GDP: the U.S. at 8 trillion, Japan at 4, Germany at 2, France (and more) at 1-ish.

This chart, from 2000, has General Motors as the largest corporation and Wal-Mart as number two, but that’s flipped in the intervening years.

I’m not sure how useful charts like these actually are. What exactly is this showing us? It’s not like this is money in the bank.

And I’m not so sure these figures map particularly well to power or anything else interesting. Wal-Mart is the world’s largest corporation, but I don’t think it’s the most powerful, influential, or important.

Posted June 12, 2004 at 7:50 | Comments (0) | Permasnark
File under: Society/Culture
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