The 20 most important technology companies in the world

The rise of tech companies has grown exponentially in less than 50 years; Their products are everywhere. Today, it could be said that it is impossible to act or create without technology. The world’s top 20 tech companies generate more than $1.9 trillion in profit. Do you know what they are?   New technologies transformed the way humanity meets its needs. Communication, entertainment and aspects of everyday life are examples of its frenetic evolution. The power and wealth of technology companies is proportional to how effective, innovative and now sustainable their products become for societies. Time is of the essence in this industry. That is why the battle to be number one, in sales and brand positioning, is fierce. Together, the 20 most important technology companies that come from the list of the 1,000 companies that Forbes Mexico published in its June edition, accumulate in market value more than three trillion dollars. For the first time, a Mexican company appears on the list; It’s easy to imagine who it belongs to. The parameters used for the evaluation are the highest scores in sales and market value. These are the top 20 tech companies in the world.  1. General Electric/EU (Number four on Forbes Mexico’s list of 1,000 companies). Sales: $147 billion. Market Value: $243 billion. In 1876 Thomas Alva Edison opened a laboratory in New Jersey. In 1890, he created the Edison General Electric Company. General Electric handles a wide range of products, and an example of this is Healthcare, where an “intelligent” hospital robot has been developed to order and sterilize surgical instruments.  2. Apple/EU (Number 15 on the list) Sales: $164 billion.Market Value: $416 billion.Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak met in 1971. In 1976, with the Apple 1, Apple Computer Inc. was officially born. Since that date, Apple has constantly sought to innovate: two of its most striking successes were the iPod and iPad, both devised by Jobs.  3. Samsung Electronics/South Korea (Number 20 on the list) Sales: $187 billion.Market Value: $174 billion.In 1938, Samsung was founded in Taegu, Korea. In 1970 Samsung-Sanyo begins production of black and white televisions. Samsung’s most recent success is the Galaxy, which has positioned it as the largest seller of smartphones in the world (with 215.8 million units in 2012).  4. AT&T/EU (Number 24 on the list) Sales: $127 billion.Market Value: $200,000 mdd.La history of AT&T was born in 1876 with the invention of the telephone by Alexander Graham Bell. An example of AT&T’s innovation is the new generation of Automotive user interface: interaction with the car through voice and touchscreen control.  5. China Mobile/China (No. 29 on the list) Sales: $88 billion.Market Value: $213 billionChina Mobile Limited was incorporated in Hong Kong in 1997. China Mobile’s subsidiaries can be divided mainly into voice services and data services.  6. Vodafone/UK (Number 33 on the list) Sales: $74 billion.Market Value: $135 billionVodafone was born in 1982 as the Racal Electronics Group. In 1991, Racal Telecom spun off from Racal Electronics as Vodafone Group.  7. IBM/EU (Number 34 on the list) Sales: $104 billion.Market Value: $239 billion.IBM was born in 1911 incorporated in the State of New York as the Computing Tabulating Recording Company (CTR). In 1924 CTR was renamed International Business Machines Corporation. Through its “Smarter Planet” initiative, IBM and Syracuse University created the Green Data Center, which will use 50% less energy to manage large amounts of data.  8. Microsft/EU (Number 41 on the list) Sales: $72 billion.Market Value: $234 billion.Microsoft is founded in 1975 by Bill Gates and Paul Allen. The DOS (Disk Operative System) operating system was the company’s first success. In 1985 Microsoft released Windows 1.0.  9. Nippon Telegraph & Tel/Japan (No. 46 on the list) Sales: $126 billion.Market Value: $58 billion.Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation traces its roots to 1869, when the telegraph was first introduced in Japan. In 1999 NTT Communications Corporation was founded as a subsidiary of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation.  10. Siemens/Germany (Number 51 on the list) Sales: $100 billion.Market value: $91 billion.In 1847 Siemens & Halske was founded in Berlin. In 1966 Siemens AG was formed. One of the projects that Siemens has recently implemented is the “Light close to all” program, which seeks to bring energy to the poorest regions in the country. 11. Comcast/EU (No. 56 on the list) Sales: $62 billion.Market value: $106 billion.In 1963 Ralph Roberts founded Comcast Corporation. Today, it is the largest cable provider in the United States.  One of Comcast’s innovations is the “X1 Remote App,” which is used to control the TV.  12. Telefonica/Spain (Number 62 on the list) Sales: $82 billion.Market value: $67 billion.Telefonica was founded in Madrid in 1924; In 1999 it was completely privatized. The company arrived in Mexico in 2001. An example of its innovation is M-Inclusion, a Social Inclusion Platform through mobile solutions for Europe and Latin America.  13. Google/EU (Number 68 on the list) Sales: $50 billion.Market value: $268 billion.In 1998 Larry Page and Sergey Brin founded Google. Today, it is the largest search engine in the world. In 2004 the company launched Gmail. Two years later, Google acquires YouTube.  14. Intel/EU (Number 77 on the list) Sales: $53 billion.Market Value: $105 billion.Intel was founded in 1968 by Gordon E. Moore and Robert Noyce. It is considered the first microprocessor company in the world. Intel is an abbreviation for “Integrated Electronics”.  15. Cisco Systems/EU (Number 80 on the list) Sales: $47 billion.Market Value: $116 billion.Cisco was founded in 1984 by a small group of scientists at Stanford University. An example of its innovation is Cisco EnergyWise, which allows organizations to monitor and control energy usage in IT equipment over the network.  16. Boeing/EU (Number 96 on the list) Sales: $81 billion.Market Value: $58 billion.Boeing was born in 1916 in Seattle, technology then moved its headquarters to Chicago. In 1922, McDonnell Douglas’ World Cruisers made the first round-the-world flight. The Boeing 747 is among the largest commercial aircraft in the world.  17. América Móvil/Mexico (Number 100 on the list) Sales: $60 billion.Market Value: $70 billion.América Móvil was born after the extinction of the cellular telephony, cable television (Cablevisión) and other international assets belonging to Telmex. Carlos Slim’s company has operations in 18 countries in the Americas, has more than 263 million cell phone customers and more than 30 million fixed lines.  18. Oracle/EU (Number 102 on the list) Sales: $37 billion.Market value: $172 billion.In 1977, Larry Ellison, Bob Miner and Ed Oates, took advantage of a contract with the CIA to develop a database design; Oracle was born from that work. Its products range from databases to management systems.  19. Hon Hai Precision/Taiwan (No. 113) Sales: $132 billion.Market Value: $32 billion.What is now Foxconn was founded in 1974. It is the largest supplier and manufacturer of brands such as Apple, Dell, Hewlett-Packard (HP), Motorola, Nintendo, Sony and Nokia.  20. Hitachi/Japan (No. 117 on the list) Sales: $116 billion.Market value: $28 billion.In 1910 Hitachi was born as a small repair shop for devices used in copper mines.