NEWS | 15 Jun 2015

The World’s Largest Media Corporations, 2015

Comcast, Google and Disney are the largest media corporations in the world, according to the list of the 65 largest media corporations, compiled by the German research institute Institut für Medien- und Kommunikationspolitik. Bonnier, from Sweden, is the only Nordic corporation on the list, ranking 57.

Each year, Institut für Medien- und Kommunikationspolitik [Institute of Media and Communications Policy] publishes a ranking of the largest media corporations in the world. They also rank the largest corporations in gaming, online and telecom.

Eight of ten corporations are American
American corporations hold the top rankings on the list for 2015. The largest is Comcast, originally a cable TV operator, which over time has broadened its operations with Internet distribution, on-demand services and telecom. Its merger with NBC in 2011 included businesses such as TV networks, TV channels, production companies and sports teams. The company’s revenue for 2014 was €51.7 billion. The second largest corporation on the list is Google (€49.7 billion), while number three is The Walt Disney Company (€35.3 billion).

Top 10 International Media Corporations, 2015

Source: Institute of Media and Communications Policy

The ranking is generally dominated by American media corporations: of the ten media corporations with the highest revenue in 2014 eight are American, one has its domicile in Japan (Sony Entertainment, ranking 8), and one in Germany (Bertelsmann, ranking 9). However, let us not forget that the availability of data can also have an impact on the ranking. It was not until the ranking for 2014 that Chinese corporation made it to the list. This was not due to a new corporation having grown large enough; rather, its financial data were finally available. Thus, with a ranking of 15 is Tencent, a Chinese company whose subsidiaries provide media, entertainment, Internet and mobile phone value-added services, and operate online advertising services in China (, June 4, 2015). The company’s revenue in 2014 was €2.6 billion. Other Chinese companies on the top list are Baidu (ranking 29) and Shanghai Media Group (ranking 59).

Australia nil – Nordic countries one
Looking at the world at large, Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA, as mentioned, is the largest media corporation in Europe; the French company Vivendi is the second largest (ranking 14 on the global top list); Brazilian conglomerate Globo Communicação is the largest in South America (ranking 30); and the South African Naspers Group is the largest in Africa (ranking 31). No company from Australia is found within the top-65 ranking.

One media corporation from the Nordic countries has made it to the list: with a turnover of €2.6 billion in 2014, Swedish Bonnier AB ranks 57.

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The complete ranking is available here, along with a brief introduction to each company.
Rankings of the largest companies in the world in gaming, online and telecom are also available at the institute’s web site, though only in German.


About: The Institute for Media and Communications Policy (IfM) was founded September 2005 in Berlin as an independent research and counselling centre. The media database was created at the IfM and is under its supervision. The institute is a non-profit company  and does not serve any economic or political aims.