Biggest Dot-com Companies – 1998/2020

With the advent of the internet and the birth of the World Wide Web in 1991 dot-coms were also born. If in the previous article we saw what are the most visited websites in the world, in this one we will analyze the largest dot-com companies.
These are service companies that work and earn largely through web-related services. But what are the major companies in this industry? How have market capitalizations evolved from their advent to today?

Biggest Dot-com Companies

In the video below you can see the evolution of the largest Dot-com companies from 1998 to 2021. The data, in dollars, refers to the market capitalization of each company year by year.

In 2019, the company with the highest market capitalization turns out to be Amazon. Bezos’ company has in fact a figure that exceeds 800 billion dollars of capitalization. Following, not far away, we find Google that has a figure equal to almost 800 billion. Among the first 10 positions we also find Facebook, with a value of 478 billion, Alibanan with 459 billion. To follow, distanced but still in the top 10, Netflix, Sale Force and Paypal. This group of 3 has a value of over 100 billion in capitalization. Finally, to close the ranking, Booking Baidue and Ebay.

Over the past 20 years, many companies have emerged in this sector. In the video, however, it is interesting to note that some of these – which are currently in the top 10 – were already so 20 years ago. Among these, for example, Yahoo has been for many years the first company in the world for market capitalization. Among the top 10 in 1999 we also find Amazon (currently first) Ebay and Booking. Moreover, also in 1999, Lycos, Infospace and others were present. In general the market capitalization of these companies is much lower than today.

Top Dot-Com Companies in 2019

But what are the top internet companies of 2019? If above we saw the data based on market capitalization (which in this table is given more in favor of Google) what are the companies that make the most revenue?

In terms of Revenue ($B) Amazon is the first in 2019 with 280.5. A very high value if we consider that Google has a revenue of 161.9. It is also true that between Amazon and Google there is a big difference in terms of workers. Amazon in 2019 declares almost 800 thousand worldwide, while Google 120 thousand or so. In third place for Revenue we find JD.COM, a company founded in 1998, which despite having almost 1/20 of the Market Cap of Amazon and Google has a revenue in 2019 of 82.8 ($B). In terms of workers this company in 2019 claims to have 220,000. In fourth and fifth place for Revenue we find Facebook and the Chinese company Alibaba.

PositionCompanyRevenue ($B)Market Cap($B)HeadquartersFounding year
1Amazon$280.5$920.22United States Seattle1994
2Google$161.8$921.14United States Mountain View1998$82.8$51.51China Beijing1998
4Facebook$70.69$585.37United States Menlo Park2004
5Alibaba$56.152$570.95China Hangzhou1999
6Tencent$54.08$460.98China Shenzhen1998$38.06$13.47China Nanjing1990
9Netflix$20.16$141.98United States Los Gatos1997
10ByteDance$20$78.00China Beijing2012
11PayPal$17.77$126.88United States San Jose1998$17.1$161.71United States San Francisco1999
13Baidu$15.43$43.71China Beijing2000
14Booking$15.06$85.06United States Norwalk1996
15Uber$14.15$51.05United States San Francisco2009
16Meituan-Dianping$13.7$50.8China Beijing2010
17Expedia$12.07$15.42United States Bellevue1996
18Rakuten$11.6$11.67Japan Tokyo1997
19Adobe$11.17$149.3United States San Jose1982
20eBay$10.8$28.74United States San Jose1995

Top Internet Companies in 2020

If in the part above we saw the data for 2019, in this part of the article we see the list of the biggest Internet companies in 2020. The data shows not only the market capitalization but also the employed workers and Revenue.

At the level of market capitalization Amazon is the first company in the world with a value of definitely higher than other companies. The market capitalization in fact is 1662 billion dollars. The company founded in 1994 exceeds by almost 300 billion Alphabet that is ranked second. In third place we find JD.COM with 123 billion and then Facebook with 759 and Alibaba with almost 571 billion.

Top 20 Internet Companis (by market capitalization) by number of workers

In terms of employment, Amazon is definitely the company with the most employees. In fact, among the top 20 Internet companies (by market capitalisation), Amazon definitely has a much larger share of employees. In the treemap I have made, this distribution can be seen clearly.

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The sources for this video are different. Data source: multiple stock exchanges; Wikipedia: List of largest Internet Companies;

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