Forbes has included 27 Russian businesses in its13th Annual Global 2000 list of the world’s biggest public companies.
The highest ranked is Gazprom, which shares 27th place with the US telephone provider AT&T.
The other Russian companies include: Rosneft (59th), LukOil (109th) and Sberbank (124th), which also rank quite high.
Two Russian companies, United Aircraft Corporation and Moskovskaya Birzha have been included for the first time this year.
This year’s Global 2000 companies hail from 61 countries (compared to 62 countries last year).
For the first time, China’s four biggest banks have taken the top four spots; along with PetroChina, which is ranked eighth, China has landed five of the top ten spots for the second year in a row. The other five are held by the US.
The top 5 Country breakdown sees the US still leading the list with 579 companies, China (mainland and Hong Kong) comes second with 232, having added more spots than any other country in the world. With 218 companies, Japan slid to the third spot. It is followed by UK with 94 and South Korea with 66.
There are 200 newcomers to this year’s Global 2000. FORBES published its first Global 2000 list back in 2003.