How Alphabet became the biggest company in the world (theguardian.com)
"Silicon Valley - and Wall Street - have a new king. Alphabet, the company formerly known as Google, looks set to become the world's largest publicly traded company on Tuesday thanks to a spike in its share price, following exceptionally good results and a decision to come clean on how its makes and spends its money."
Global 500 (fortune.com)
"The world's 500 largest companies generated $31.2 trillion in revenues and $1.7 trillion in profits in 2014."
Saudi Aramco - the $10tn mystery at the heart of the Gulf state (theguardian.com)
"If Saudi Arabia's state oil company floats, it will be the biggest producer in the world by a factor of 10."
Dutch East India Company (britannica.com)
"Dutch East India Company, byname of United East India Company, Dutch East India Company in 1602 to protect that state's trade in the Indian Ocean and to assist in the Dutch war of independence from Spain."