The IT industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. It has been around for quite some time. Over the many years, it has gone through gradual changes and improvements. There are many powerful IT companies that have been behind this rapid growth and development. We also have to appreciate the fact that the globalization has contributed in a major way to make these companies so powerful. Some IT companies are even more powerful than many countries in the world. Here is the list of most powerful IT companies in the world.
Top 10 most powerful IT companies in the world
Note: Our ranking is based on the combination of User Base, Net worth, Area served, Employment and total revenue. All metrics are estimated and gathered from various platforms such as Wikipedia, Statista, Forbes and Stock market data. The revenue mentioned are in US dollars.
1. Alphabet Inc.
Albhabet Inc.definitely goes straight into the list of the top powerful IT companies across the globe. formerly known as Google, the company was launched in a friend’s garage officially in 1998 after being founded by two friends, Larry Page and Sergey Brin. The company has user data of over 2.2 Billion Internet users and dominated most of the Internet. It’s Google Search Engine is smart enough to tell you what you should eat.
Main Products: Google Search Engine, Android OS, G-mail, Google map and Chrome Browser. Total users: Entire Internet User Base. Total Employees: 72,053 (2017). Area Served: Worldwide (Except Blocking Countries). Major Source of Revenue: Advertising and Digital marketing solutions. Revenue: US$110.85 billion (2017).
2. Apple Inc.
Apple Inc. was founded 42 years ago, in 1976, by Steve Jobs. The company is headquartered in Cupertino,
California. Its first computer was put together in the garage of the parents of Steve Jobs, who served as the interim CEO of the company and eventually as a CEO from 1997 to 2011. It’s known for selling heavily expensive mobile phones and computers. It has dominated most of the gadget world.
Main Products: iPhone (Mobile), Macintosh (Computer), iPad (Tablet), macOS & iOS. Total users: 588 million (2017). Total Employees: 123,000 (2017). Area Served: Worldwide. Major Source of Revenue: Selling computers and mobiles. Revenue: $229.234 billion (2017)
Samsung Company was started on 1 March 1938 and its headquarters is located in Seoul, South Korea. The company deals with a number products and services including life insurance and electronics. Samsung is one of the oldest and successful IT companies from ASIA.
Main products: Samsung Mobile, PC component, Home Appliances. Total Employees: 308,745 (2017). Area Served: Worldwide. Major Source Revenue: Mobile Phones and Consumer Electronics Revenue: $206 Billion (2017)
4. Microsoft Corporation
Microsoft was started in a garage where the present billionaire Bill Gates and Paul Allen were able to put together what they considered their first computer. Microsoft Company was officially established in 1975 which as you may have noticed or will notice is 1 year earlier than Apple computers. Its Windows OS is the most popular operating system for desktop and laptop computers.
Main products: Windows OS, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Surface, Linkedin, Xbox. Total users: 1.4 Billion (2017). Total Employees: 124,000 (2017). Area Served: Worldwide. Major Revenue Source: Windows, Xbox and MS-Office subscription, Advertising and Gadgets. Revenue: $89.95 billion (2017).
5. Amazon Inc.
The company was established by Jeff Bezos in 1994 and Amazon too has its history tied to a
garage where it originated from. It initially started as an online bookshop and presently delivers almost everything.
Main products: Amazon e-Commerce, Kindle, Twitch, Alexa Internet. Total Employees: 566,000 (2017). Area Served: Worldwide. Major Revenue Source: E-commerce websites, Subscriptions, and Advertising. Revenue: $177.86 billion (2017)
6. Facebook Inc.
Facebook Inc. was established by Mark Zuckerberg in 2004 after a successful college experiment. The company has its headquarters in the US.
- Main Products: Facebook (Social network), Instagram (Photo sharing app), WhatsApp (Messaging).
- Total users: 2.2 billion monthly active users.
- Total Employees: 25,105 (2017)
- Area Served: Worldwide (Except Blocking Countries)
- Major Source of Revenue: Advertising.
- Revenue: $40.203 Billion (2017)
The company is very good at explaining data theft.
The company was founded on June 16, 1911, and has gone through name changes to its present name
International Business Machines Corporation (IBM). The headquarter of the company is located in New York, the US and presently it is operating in more than 170 countries globally.
- Main products: Server hardware, PC hardware, Cloud Services, Software
- Total Employees: 380,300 (2017)
- Area Served: 177 countries
- Major Source Revenue: Server and PC hardware
- Revenue: $ 79.139 billion (2017)
8. INTEL Corporation
In conclusion, the company dealing with technology was established in 1968. The headquarter of
the company is located in Santa Clara, California. At present, the company has
over 106,000 employees and the net income US$9.601 billion (2017).
- Main products: Microprocessors, Solid State Drives, Server Softwares, Networking Hardware
- Total Employees: 106,000 (2017)
- Major Revenue Source: Intel Chips, Software, and Hardware
- Revenue: $62.76 billion (2017)
9. Alibaba Group
Alibaba was founded in 1999 in Hangzhou, China. The e-commerce retailer has about 50,092
- Main products: E-commerce, Online auction hosting, Online money transfers.
- Total users: 488 Million (Q3, 2017)
- Total Employees: 50,092 (2017)
- Major Revenue Source: Online Shopping
- Revenue: $23.82 billion (2017)
10. Twitter Inc.
The company was founded in 2006. It is a micro-blogging social networking service that over the years has found itself among the top powerful IT companies. Twitter is known for connecting with favorite celebrities and world leaders.
- Main products: Twitter, Vine
- Total users: 330 million (2017)
- Total Employees: 3,372 (2017)
- Area Served: Worldwide
- Source of Revenue: Advertising
- Revenue: $2.44 Billion (2017)