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A huge upsurge in online buying helped boost Amazon's global sales during the pandemic. Image Credit: AP

The year 2020 was a tough one for the entire world. But which global companies made it through to the other side, with their bottom line intact?

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Ever since COVID-19 wreaked havoc with finance industries around the world, global equity markets have been seeing a strong recovery. According to Canada-based online investment website Visual Capitalist, the 100 biggest companies in the world were worth a record-breaking $31.7 trillion (Dh 116.4 trillion) as of March 31, 2021. In comparison, the combined gross domestic product (GDP) of the US and China was $35.7 trillion (Dh131.12 trillion) in 2020.

The US-based finance news website Fortune recently published a list of the world’s most admired companies, based on a poll of some 3,800 corporate executives, directors and analysts. Here are the top five:

1. Apple

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In March 2021, Apple’s market capitalisation (a view of what the market values the company at) increased to $2.08 trillion (Dh7.64 trillion). To put it into context, only seven countries in the entire world have annual GDP figures greater than Apple’s market cap.

2. Amazon

Another rare trillion-dollar company, Amazon’s revenue in 2020 was $386 billion (Dh1.4 trillion), up 38 per cent from 2019, and its market capitalization was up to $1.63 trillion (Dh5.99 trillion). It was one of the few global companies that saw its first-quarter net sales grow considerably this year, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

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3. Microsoft

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Born in a garage in 1975, Microsoft is now on track to becoming the second US company ever (after Apple) worth more than $2 trillion (Dh7.35 trillion). The company saw record sales of its enterprise cloud software during the pandemic, according to US based business news website Forbes.

4. Walt Disney

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Despite experiencing fluctuating stocks and a slowing down in its subscriber base on Disney+, the company’s market capitalisation rested at $321.2 billion (Dh1.17 trillion) in November, 2021.

5. Starbucks

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The company that brought specialty coffee into the mainstream, Starbucks has a merchandising empire that stretches across 33,000 stores around the world. Although labour shortages and the pandemic have affected its global operations, the company is recovering rapidly – its current market capitalization is $132.7 billion (Dh487.4 billion).

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