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What Is the Fortune 500?
Fortune magazine that lists the top 500 U.S.-based public and
How Are Companies Selected?
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Notable Changes to the List
Walmart Regains Top Spot
Walmart (NYSE:
Exxon (NYSE:
Phillips 66 Debuts at Number Four
Phillips 66 (NYSE:
ConocoPhillips' (NYSE:
Apple Is Finally in the Top 10
Apple's (Nasdaq:
Eastman Kodak Didn't Make the List
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Interesting Facts from the 2013 List
  • Only 57 Companies Left - According to Fortune, only 57 companies have been on the list every year since it began in 1955.
  • The Youngest CEO Is - You guessed it, Facebook's (Nasdaq:FB) Mark Zuckerberg.
  • If All Fortune 500 Companies Were a Country - It would be the second largest country in the world, as measured by total sales of the companies versus the GDP of those countries.
The List as an Economic Indicator
What Does Fortune 500 Turnover Mean?, authors Dane Stangler and Sam Arbesman argue that it's cause for concern.
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At the time of writing, Tim Parker did not own any shares in any company mentioned in this article.