The largest Dutch companies in the Netherlands (based on sales) all generate a substantial portion (in some cases majority) of their revenue abroad. It would be virtually impossible for a company to make this list if it only generated revenue from within the country (which is densely populated, but still only accounts for 3.3% of total EU citizens).
Many corporations among Holland’s ten largest will not be a surprise. Products they manufacture and retail stores they operate are used, visited or at least familiar by name to billions of people. But there are some surprises as well.
The following list of the top largest Dutch companies is ranked according to 2014 annual turnover in USD as reported by Forbes Magazine in its Global 2000 List. Four of the five largest happen to be headquartered in South Holland (two each in Rotterdam and The Hague).
10 Largest Dutch Companies…
#1 ROYAL DUTCH SHELL – $420.4 billion [Head Office: The Hague]
#2 ING GROUP – $65.7 billion [Head Office: Amsterdam]
#3 UNILEVER – $64.2 billion [Head Office: Rotterdam]
#4 AEGON – $54.3 billion [Head Office: The Hague]
#5 LYONDELL/BASELL – $45.6 billion [Head Office: Rotterdam]
#6 AHOLD – $43.5 billion [Head Office: Zaandam]
#7 PHILIPS – $29.7 billion [Head Office: Eindhoven]
#8 HEINEKEN – $25.5 billion [Head Office: Amsterdam]
#9 RANDSTAD HOLDING – $22.9 billion [Head Office: Diemen]
#10 VIMPELCOM – $19.6 billion [Head Office: Amsterdam]