Rating of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world

Over the past 12 months, the pharmaceutical market has demonstrated steady growth, which means that the incomes of drug manufacturers are steadily growing. Pharmaceuticals are traditionally considered one of the most profitable among the branches of the economy.

However, it's not easy to enter this market, because large manufacturers invest billions of dollars in drug development, patenting and sales. Today we present the rating of the largest pharmaceutical companies , which presents the world's top players in the drug industry.


  • 10. Bayer AG
  • 9. Merck &Co.
  • 8. Abbott Laboratories
  • 7. AstraZeneca plc
  • 6. Sanofi
  • 5. Novartis
  • 4. GlaxoSmithKline
  • 3. F. Hoffmann-La Roche
  • 2. Pfizer
  • 1. Johnson &Johnson

10. Bayer AG

The company was founded in 1863 in Germany. Bayer produces medicines for humans and animals, food additives, as well as agrochemical fertilizers.

9. Merck &Co.

The headquarters of this pharmaceutical company is located in New Jersey, USA.Merck &Co.was founded in 1891 as a subsidiary of the German firm Merck KGaA.During the war years, the department was confiscated by the US government and turned into an independent company.

8. Abbott Laboratories

The American pharmaceutical company was founded in 1888.And in 2010, the turnover of Abbott Laboratories exceeded $ 35 billion. The company employs more than 91 thousand people.

7. AstraZeneca plc

The Swedish-British company was founded in 1999 by merging the Swedish Astra AB with the British Zeneca. The turnover of AstraZeneca is about $ 25 billion. Today the pharmaceutical company employs more than 50 thousand people.

6. Sanofi

The French pharmaceutical company produces medicines for various diseases, vaccines, oncological drugs, etc. At the same time Sanofi is an employer for 112 thousand people.

5. Novartis

The Swiss company was founded in 1996.Novartis subsidiaries are manufacturers of contact lenses Alcon and Ciba Vision, as well as the pharmaceutical company Sandoz.

4. GlaxoSmithKline

The British pharmaceutical company has offices in 114 countries. GSK employs 24 research laboratories. Employees of the company are 99 thousand people.

3. F. Hoffmann-La Roche

The Swiss holding company is active in the market of innovative products. F. Hoffmann-La Roche owns three subsidiary companies working in the field of biotechnology. Holding is an employer for 85 thousand people.

2. Pfizer

The American company was founded in 1849 by two cousins ​​- emigrants from Germany. The company's turnover today exceeds $ 51 billion. Pfizer's employees are 78 thousand people.

1. Johnson &Johnson

The world's largest pharmaceutical company produces household chemicals, contact lenses, cosmetics and medical equipment in addition to medicines and medical products. The turnover of the company is 471 billion a year. Employees of Johnson &Johnson are 128 thousand people.