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Fortune Global 500 Analysis With Data Visualization

Fortune Global 500 Analysis with Data Visualization

Fortune Magazine has just released 2017 versions of their well-known lists: Fortune 500 and Fortune Global 500.
(For those who are curious about the difference of these two lists: Global 500 lists top companies from all over the world whereas Fortune 500 is exclusive to USA companies only)

As we have the latest data for top 500 global companies now, we wanted to make an analysis with some visualization. First, let’s put all these companies in a world heat map to see which countries have the most companies in Global 500 list:

Number of Fortune 500 Companies Per Country –  Heat Map Visualization

Fortune 500 World Heat Map - Someka Excel Solutions

This visualization is automatically created by World Heat Map Generator Template. It is interesting to see the business distribution all over the world in a geographic heat map like this. (If you want to make similar heat maps, you can check our Geographic Heat Map Generators)

Let’s look at the data from another perspective: Revenues. Above, we have visualized the number of fortune 500 companies but there may be a few companies which make quite high revenues. Let’s check with another heat map:

Total Revenue Distribution of Fortune 500 Companies per Country

Fortune 500 Revenues World Heat Map - Someka Excel Solutions

You can play with the legend limits, put country names, change colors in this Excel Template:

Europe Companies in Fortune Global 500

We know the big players from USA, China, Japan, India, Canada etc. But at this scale, it is hard to see the details especially for Europe countries. Let’s focus on Europe to see the situation in a more clear heat map:

Fortune 500 Europe Heat Map - Someka Excel Solutions

This visualization is automatically created by Europe Heat Map Generator Template.

Revenue Is Cool But What About Profits?

As you know, Fortune ranks the companies according to their revenues. However, a company does business for profit. When we check the profit figures, we see a few interesting facts:

  • 42 companies in this list closed the year with negative profit! (almost 10%)
  • Some companies make so much profit that, despite of their revenue rankings, they can compete with top companies. For example National Grid from UK (ranks 491th) announced almost the same profit with State Grid from China (ranks 2nd) even though their revenues is 1/14th of State Grid’s!
  • Average Profit / Revenue ratio for 500 companies is: 5,5%

Here is the top 15 companies when sorted by profits:

Fortune 500 Top Profit Companies - Someka Excel Solutions

There are lots of analysis that can be made with this data but we leave it to the business analysts. If you want to play with Fortune 500 data by yourself, you can free download Global 500 (a limited version) from here:

Happy analysis!

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