TOP 20 Largest World Banks in 2019 by Total Assets

TOP 20 Largest World Banks in 2019 by Total Assets

Introducing the world’s TOP 20 largest banks as of: January 13 2019.

The rankting of the biggest banks is built according to banks’ total assets. Read more about this index at the end of the article.

Different banks from China have taken the top spot for several years in a row. That is quite logical, taking into consideration the annual economy and the trade surplus of the Heavenly Empire.

Thereby, the first place is taken by…


Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC)

Assets: $4,009 bln.

Country: China.

Industrial and commercial Bank of China (ICBC) – is the largest and richest bank in the world.

It is a one of the “BIG FOUR” of the Heavenly Empire and controls almost 1/5 of all banking in China.

ICBC has $4,009 billion total assets according to the latest data, and its market capitalization totals $238 billion.

The Bank was founded in 1984 and now has more than 460,000 employees.

ICBC’s headquarters are located in Peking. And over 70% are government owned.


China Construction Bank Corporation

Assets: $3,400 bln.

Country: China.

The second in this ranking and second bank of china by “size” was founded in 1954 and now is called “China Construction Bank” (CCB).

According to the latest data, it has $3,400 billion in assets and its market capitalization totals more than $200 billion.

Originally, CCB was created for government exchanges, and only later, it was redeveloped into the commercial bank.

The company operates more than 14,000 branches all around the globe where 372,000 employees work.


Agricultural Bank of China

Assets: $3,235 bln.

Country: China.

The ABoC was founded in 1951 by Mao Zedong to help collective farms, peasants and workers.

Currently, this bank entrenched with financial and commercial corporations of China and the whole world.

The headquarters are also located in Peking, and ABoC has nearly 24,000 representatives in the country and abroad.

Total assets of Agricultural Bank of China comprise more than $3,235 billion and its market capitalization is $190 bln. according to the latest data.


Bank of China ltd

Assets: $2,991 bln.

Country: China.

The Bank of China is one of the oldest and most reliable banks in China. It was created in 1912 and still leads the national banking sector.

Over 70% of the company belongs to the Chinese government, and it has offices in over 20 countries.

According the data, its assets are near $2,991 billion and its market capitalization $162 bln.


Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group

Assets: $2,780 bln.

Country: Japan.

This Japanese holding company has $2,7 tln. in assets which makes it one of the “best" banks in Japan.

MUFG’s department network spread all around the world allows MUFG to perform in 40 different countries.

The company was created in 2005 by the merger of two largest banks of Japan, and its headquarter is located in Osaka City.


JPMorgan Chase

Assets: $2,533 bln.

Country: USA.

JPMorgan Chase is one of the most eminent and popular US banks.

This company was created in 2000 as a result of merging several huge banks.

JPMorgan Chase HQ are located in Manhattan, New York City. It is one of the largest investment companies in the world.

Now its assets total $2,533 bln. and its market capitalization is over $332,24 bln., which also makes it one of the most expensive companies in the world.


HSBC Holdings plc

Assets: $2,520 bln.

Country: Great Britain (England).

London's HSBC is one the biggest banks in Europe, totaling $2,5 tln. in assets.

Originally, the purpose of its creation was to perform exchanges between Europe and China, and it still stays crucial in such actions.

It also has more than 10 subsidiaries which perform all possible operations inside this sector.


BNP Pariba

Assets: $2,357 bln.

Country: France.

BNP Paribas was created in 1999, and now it tops the fiscal, banking and insurance rankings. Currently, the company has representatives all around the globe and its headquarters are located in Geneva, Paris and London.

Its assets compounds to $2,357 bln and $73 bln. of market capitalization.


Bank of America (BoA)

Assets: $2,281 bln.

Country: USA.

The BoA is the second largest bank of the USA. It has an extensive range of fiscal services in the whole country and abroad.

The headquarters are located in Charlotte City, North Carolina.

According to the latest data, the BoA balance sheet has $2,281 bln. assets and its market capitalization sustains $163 bln.


Crédit Agricole

Assets: $2,117 bln.

Country: France.

The French bank Crédit Agricole ends the list of TOP 10 of the biggest world banks. It has a balance of $2,117 bln. in assets.

Crédit Agricole is one of the largest companies in France, which successfully controls a large part of the banking sector inside the country.

No. 11 — 20 biggest banks

Banks which can at any time break in to the rating of top 10 largest banks.

# Bank Country Assets
11 Wells Fargo USA $1951 bln.
12 Japan Post Bank Japan $1874 bln.
13 Citigroup USA $1842 bln.
14 Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Japan $1775 bln.
15 Deutsche Bank Germany $1765 bln.
16 Banco Santander Spain $1736 bln.
17 Mizuho Financial Group Japan $1715 bln.
18 Barclays England $1532 bln.
19 Societe Generale France $1531 bln.
20 Groupe BPCE France $1512 bln.

*Some data can be inaccurate, given the absence or limited access to reports issue during last periods.

TOP 100 World Banks by country

The list of countries by total number of banks in the “top 100 by total assets".

Rank Country Number of Banks in TOP 100
European Union 36
1 China 18
2 United States 12
3 Japan 8
4 France 6
United Kingdom 6
5 Canada 5
Germany 5
Spain 5
6 Australia 4
Brazil 4
South Korea 4
Sweden 4
7 Italy 3
Netherlands 3
Singapore 3
8 Belgium 2
Switzerland 2
9 Austria 1
Denmark 1
India 1
Norway 1
Russia 1
Taiwan 1

On what criteria are the rankings based

Annually, rating agencies, analysts and financial companies compound ratings of the most reliable, profitable, and successful global bank corporations.

However, filter settings to find the largest world bank are quite specific. That is because rankings made by different parameters and the same bank can lead by one criterion and be out by another at the same time.

Total assets sum is the total value of all financial units regarding a company’s property, as well as financial capital which consists of own corporation resources, investor assets, interbank credits and assets received from bond issues. Such ranking is built according to the total assets sum of a bank, as explained above.

Market Capitalization is the cumulative value of a company with regard to its all subsidiaries and commercial assets. The corporate market capitalization is calculated from the stock exchange price of its shares.

Other very important banking gauges are: operational and clear profits, total turnover, and the number of its outlets and employees.