A Visual History of the Largest Companies by Market Cap

This chart shows how the make-up of the world’s largest companies has changed since 1999 over five-year intervals and it gives an indication what the market was “thinking” at these specific points.

Not only is it evident as certain industries rise to prominence, but there are also some interesting individual stories to follow. We can see iconic companies – such as Apple – ascend into the public consciousness, while others fall off the radar completely.

No-one knows what will happen to these companies over the next 20 years or what new companies and industries might come to dominate the market in the future. If anyone tells you otherwise, they are lying!