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Industryweek 8988 Biggest Employers3
Industryweek 8988 Biggest Employers3
Industryweek 8988 Biggest Employers3
Industryweek 8988 Biggest Employers3
Industryweek 8988 Biggest Employers3

Who are the World's Biggest Employers?

June 24, 2015
Well, if you're a U.S. taxpayer, you're funding the biggest employer by far.

Who are world's biggest employers? Well, if you're a U.S. taxpayer, you're funding the biggest employer by far - the U.S. Department of Defense, with 3.2 million employees, according to data compiled by the World Economic Forum.

The U.S. also leads the world with the largest private employer - Walmart, which has 2.2 million employees globally and 1.3 million in the United States according to the company's website. Walmart operates 11,000 stores in 28 countries.

The biggest and best know manufacturer on the list is Hon Hai Precision Factory (IW 1000/24), better known as Foxconn, the Taiwanese contract electronics manufacturer famous for producing Apple's massively successful iPhones and iPads. Foxconn's workforce of 1.2 million generated revenue of $136 billion and operating income of $4.6 billion in 2014.

By comparison, General Electric (IW 1000/20), which operates in more than 170 countries, has 307,000 employees. GE had revenue of $148.9 billion and net income of $15.3 billion in 2014.

Ford Motor Co. (IW 1000/25), an icon of American manufacturing, has 224,000 employees and operates 90 facilities around the world. Ford had sales of $144 billion and net income of $3.1 billion in 2014.

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