The Richest Bank in the World

American and Chinese banks dominate the options for the richest bank in the world. Names such as JP Morgan Chase and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) compete for the top spot. This year ICBC ranks the highest. This article is about ICBC and its key details. We have also listed the top twenty largest banks as ranked by S&P Global. 

The Richest Bank in the World
The Richest Bank in the World

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China is ranked at the top of the global bank list with assets worth 5.5 Trillion. The bank is the largest bank in China. The bank was established in 1984 and is one of the four biggest commercial banks that are state-owned. The bank was listed on the Hong Kong Exchange and the Shanghai Stock exchange on October 27th, 2006. 2014 saw ICBC with 5.09 million corporate customers and 465 million retail customers. It has 17,000 domestic branches and branches in 41 other countries. The company’s headquarters are in Beijing, China.

ICBC has been paying much attention to internet banking. The bank has a high potential to earn given the large number of customers it has and China’s regulated bank deposit rates. ICBC has been neck to neck with the U.S. bank Wells Fargo for the world’s number one spot in market capitalization.

ICBC’s main revenue source is its domestic branches. The bank’s subsidiaries consist of a leasing company, an asset management company and an insurer, amongst others. The insurer is responsible for organizing ventures with foreign companies. The bank has also permeated global markets through acquisitions and such. It wants to create a global presence like the American banks JP Morgan Chase and Citigroup.

ICBC provides commercial banking and financial services. It functions on the basis of business segments such as corporate banking, personal banking, and treasury operation.

Corporate Banking

Corporate banking is responsible for:

  • Corporate loans
  • Trade financing
  • Deposit-taking activities
  • Corporate Wealth Management Services 
  • Custody Activities
  • Corporate intermediary services to corporations, government agencies, and financial institutions

Personal Banking

Personal banking is responsible for:

  • Personal Loans
  • Deposit-taking activities
  • Card Business
  • Personal wealth management services
  • Personal intermediary services to individual customers

Treasury Operations

Treasury Operations are responsible for  (for its own account and for customers)

  • Money market transactions
  • Investment Securities
  • Foreign exchange transactions
  • Holding of derivative positions 

The other areas of operation include assets, liabilities, income, and expenses. 

The List of the Top Twenty Largest Banks in the World by S&P Global Include:

1. Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

2. China Construction Bank Corp. 

3. Agricultural Bank of China Ltd. 

4. Bank of China Ltd.

5. JPMorgan Chase & Co

6. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc.

7. Bank of America Corp.

8. HSBC Holdings PLC

9. BNP Paribas SA

10. Crédit Agricole Group 

11. Citigroup Inc.

12. Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc. 

13. Wells Fargo and Co.

14. Barclays PLC 

15. Bank of Communications Co. Ltd.

16. Banco Santander SA

17. Groupe BPCE

18. Société Générale SA

19. Deutsche Bank AG

20. The Toronto-Dominion Bank 

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FAQs

What does ICBC stand for?

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China.

Where is ICBC headquartered?

The company’s headquarters are in Beijing, China.

What are some U.S banks on the list of the top 10 largest banks?

JPMorgan Chase & Co, Bank of America, and Wells Fargo.

When was ICBC founded?

It was founded in 1984.

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