Big Five Prominent on Forbes Annual List

Leading the pack on the Forbes Magazine annual list of the 500 largest private companies in terms of revenue is Cargill, followed by Koch Industries. Third on the list is PricewaterhouseCoopers and Arthur Andersen is fourth.

Here’s the rundown of all accounting firms on the list, ranked by annual revenue:

Rank Firm Revenue Employees
3 PricewaterhouseCoopers $17,300m 150,000
4 Andersen Worldwide $15,200m 140,000
7 Ernst & Young $12,500m 97,800
8 KPMG $12,200m 102,000
10 Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu $10,800m 97,500
94 BDO International $1,610m 17,500
97 Grant Thornton $1,600m 21,400

Firm 1998 Rank 1997 Rank 1996 Rank
PricewaterhouseCoopers 6 25 26
Andersen Worldwide 8 7 8
Ernst & Young 11 10 13
KPMG 12 9 11
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu 14 14 17
BDO International 115 130 n/a
Grant Thornton 108 116 121

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