10 Largest Privately Owned Companies in the World (by Revenue)

Privately owned companies belong to relatively small groups of shareholders or non-governmental organizations and are traded privately instead of through stock market exchanges. While this strategy makes these companies less publicly visible, it doesn’t make them any less profitable!

So, just how large can these companies get? Today we’ll be looking at 10 of the largest privately owned companies in the world and ranking them according to their recent yearly revenue. We’ll also learn a little bit about what each company offers and go over a few fun facts!

  1. C&S Wholesale Grocers

Revenue: $27 billion
Number of Employees: 16,200
Headquarters Location: New Hampshire, USA
Main Industry: Food, Drink & Tobacco

C&S Wholesale Grocers  Source: wikimedia.org

C&S Wholesale Grocers is the largest wholesale grocery supply company in the entirety of the United States. It supplies a wide variety of establishments, from grocery chains to military bases. While C&S Wholesale Grocers originally started out supplying only independent grocery stores, it now provides 7,700 different establishments with a staggering variety of products.

Did You Know?

C&S Wholesale Grocers has been family-owned for three generations and primarily services New England and the Midwest.

  1. Reyes Holdings

Revenue: $27.8 billion
Number of Employees: 31,000
Headquarters Location: Illinois, USA
Main Industry: Food, Drink & Tobacco

Reyes Holdings  Source: reyesholdings.com

Reyes Holdings is a food and beverage distribution holding company that distributes the universally-known brand Coca-Cola through its subsidiary Great Lakes Coca-Cola Bottling. Its other main food distribution operations are Reinhart Foodservice, L.L.C. and The Martin-Brower Company, L.L.C., which is McDonald’s largest global food supplier. In fact, Martin-Brower delivers supplies to over half of all McDonald’s restaurants around the world!

Did You Know?

Reyes Beverage Group is the largest beer distributor in the United States, delivering more than 174 million cases on a yearly basis!

  1. Publix Super Markets

Revenue: $34.6 billion
Number of Employees: 193,000
Headquarters Location: Florida, USA
Main Industry: Food Markets

Publix Super Markets  Source: wikimedia.org

While Publix Super Markets is generally thought of primarily as a regional chain, it keeps up with national-scale competitors by maintaining 1,223 store locations throughout the Southeastern United States. Publix places an extremely high importance upon customer service, aiming to make every customer feel welcome and cared for and utilizing efficient cashier goals that keep lines short and sweet.

Did You Know?

Publix has been named one of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” for years, making it one of the “Great Place to Work Legends.”

  1. Ernst & Young

Revenue: $34.8 billion
Number of Employees: 247,570
Headquarters Location: London, United Kingdom
Main Industry: Business Services & Supplies

Ernst & Young  Source: wikimedia.org

Having recently rebranded itself as EY, this British company is one of the largest professional services firms in the world and offers audit, business risk, and technology services around the globe. EY bases its methods around a set of business principles that focus on good relationships with employees and stakeholders alongside a highly competitive and profitable place on the global market.

Did You Know?

EY operates through four global divisions: The Americas, Asia-Pacific, Japan, and EMEIA, which encompasses Europe, the Middle East, India, and Africa.

  1. Mars, Incorporated

Revenue: $35 billion
Number of Employees: 100,000
Headquarters Location: Virginia, USA
Main Industry: Food, Drink & Tobacco

Mars, Incorporated  Source: wikimedia.org

Frank C. Mars first founded this company in his own kitchen back in 1911, paving the way for sweets that are now beloved around the world, such as M&M’s, Snickers, and yes: Mars Bars. While Mars, Incorporated is overwhelmingly recognized as a candy company, it forayed into the veterinary services industry as well with the acquisition of the Linnaeus Group in 2018.

Did You Know?

While many people might not realize it, the American Milky Way bar and the UK Mars Bar are two variations of the very same candy bar.

  1. PricewaterhouseCoopers

Revenue: $41.3 billion
Number of Employees: 236,000
Headquarters Location: London, United Kingdom
Main Industry: Business Services & Supplies

PricewaterhouseCoopers  Source: wikimedia.org

Another big-time London company, PricewaterhouseCoopers boasts a far-reaching network of firms that extends to 158 different countries to provide accounting and audit services to businesses worldwide. PwC was formed by the merger of accounting companies Coopers & Lybrand and Price Waterhouse, growing to boast the second-highest revenue of the “Big Four” a decade later.

Did You Know?

PwC has handled prestigious jobs such as vote counting and Oscar ballots for over 80 years. However, the company tarnished its reputation in 2017 by giving presenters the wrong Best Picture ballot.

  1. Deloitte

Revenue: $43.2 billion
Number of Employees: 263,900
Headquarters Location: London, United Kingdom
Main Industry: Business Services & Supplies

Deloitte  Source: wikimedia.org

Deloitte is a financial and risk advisory company whose success has made it into the largest of the “Big Four” accounting firms. Many people attribute Deloitte’s level of success to its solid, expansive presence throughout the Americas, where it is one of the leading professional services networks in Canada.

Did You Know?

“Deloitte” is actually the company’s less cumbersome public brand name: it’s official name is actually Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited.

  1. Albertsons

Revenue: $59.9 billion
Number of Employees: 275,000
Headquarters Location: Idaho, USA
Main Industry: Food Markets

Albertsons  Source: wikimedia.org

Albertsons has done its best to stand out from its competition since its beginnings in 1939 when it provided customers with an unusually large shopping space and filled its stores with lots of employees and a wide variety of goods. Since then, the store chain has expanded to 2,300 supermarkets throughout 35 states. Albertsons also owns 21 different supermarket brands.

Did You Know?

Early signature products in Albertsons included fresh-baked bread and homemade ice cream cones that sold for only a nickel!

  1. Koch Industries

Revenue: $110 billion
Number of Employees: 120,000
Headquarters Location: Kansas, USA
Main Industry: Resources and Commodities

Koch Industries  Source: wikimedia.org

This massive conglomerate company encompasses over 20 companies and operates in around 60 countries around the globe. Koch Industries’ largest subsidiary is Georgia-Pacific, which produces paper products under well-known brands such as Quilted Northern, Angel Soft, and Dixie.

Did You Know?

Many people have mixed or negative feelings about the Koch brothers as a result of their companies spreading misinformation in order to sway the masses, causing numerous harmful oil spills, and sabotaging workers’ rights movements.

  1. Cargill

Revenue: $114.7 billion
Number of Employees: 155,000
Headquarters Location: Minnesota, USA
Main Industry: Food, Drink & Tobacco

Cargill  Source: wikimedia.org

Cargill is the largest privately owned company in the world by revenue. This company primarily focuses on distributing and trading grain, palm oil, and other agricultural commodities throughout 70 different countries. It also deals in food products, livestock feed, and industrial resources such as steel. Cargill seeks to promote worldwide, sustainable nutrition and food safety on a global level by helping farmers reach broader markets.

Did You Know?

Cargill began as a single grain storehouse in Iowa in 1865.

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