Fortune Global 500 list ranks companies by total revenues for their respective fiscal years ended on or before March 31, 2022.
Recently-listed Life Insurance Corporation (LIC), India's biggest life insurer with revenue of $97.26 billion and a profit of $553.8 million, has ranked 98th on the just released Fortune 500 list.
The Reliance Industries jumped 51 places to 104 on the 2022 list. This is the first outing of LIC on the list, which ranks listed companies by sales. Reliance, with revenue of $93.98 billion and a net profit of $8.15 billion in the latest year, has been on the list for 19 years.The list, topped by US retailer Walmart, has nine Indian companies - five of them state-owned, and four from the private sector.
Only the debutant LIC, which came out with its IPO last fiscal, was ranked higher than Reliance among the Indian corporates. Indian Oil Corporation rose 28 places to 142nd rank while Oil and Natural Gas Corporation climbed 16 places to 190. The list had two Tata group firms - Tata Motors at 370 and Tata Steel at 435th spot. Rajesh Exports at 437th rank was the other private Indian company on the list. State Bank of India climbed 17 places to rank 236th and Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd 19 places to 295.
"The rebound from Covid-19 created a huge tailwind for the world's largest companies by revenue," Fortune said.
Aggregate sales for the Fortune Global 500 hit $37.8 trillion, an increase of 19 per cent - the highest annual growth rate in the list's history. Walmart landed once again at No. 1, for the ninth straight year, trailed by Amazon, which reached its highest ranking ever. Chinese energy giant's State Grid, China National Petroleum, and Sinopec rounded out the top five.