World of Warcraft
not only trumps all
multiplayer games,it also dominates anumber of countriesExceeds 10 Million Players
Greater than population of Sweden
Determining what actually is the world'slargest company is far from an exact science.Do you measure it byannual revenue, inwhich case it's ExxonMobil, which pulled inabout$400 billion in 2007
number of employeesmakes more sense, in which case it's
-Mart, which has 1.7 million blue-
vestedsoulson its books.Maybe
market capitalization, a measure of thepublic opinion of the value of a company, iswhat matters most, in which case it's
No matter how you slice it, most of the same names come up time and again
--a cabal ofthe world's most
powerful private economic entities. They include petroleum giants likeBP, Shell and ExxonMobil and manufacturing powerhouses like Toyota and GeneralElectric. Some, like HSBC and Citifinancial, are fiscal giants; others, like Warren Buffet'sBerkshire Hathaway, have fingers in all kinds of pies.
Each day, about
half a million items
on eBay...nearly 50 million people around the
world [use eBay]."
"EBay users exchanged some
$9.3 billionworth of goods in 18,000 categories
[in nearlymon ransacons as year.
EBay got by with no stores, fewer than
employeesand without taking legal orphysical possession of [anything]...revenuesfrom listing fees and advertising last yearamounted to$749 million."