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Commentary on Corporate Governance Issues

Who owns the worlds listed companies?

December 13, 2019


How many listed companies are there across the world? Approximately 41,000 at the end of 2017. What is their market cap? About US$ 84 trillion, the same as global GDP that year. Where are these companies listed? 10% by number, and 36% by market cap are listed in the US. Asia accounts for the largest number 57%, and 37% of market cap. Exclude Japan, China, and other advanced Asian countries, residual Asia is home to 23% of the companies, but a paltry 5% of the global market cap.


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A modified version of this comment appeared in Business Standard on 13 December, under the title “Who owns listed companies?”

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