These are the 10 biggest banks in the world in 2019

  • Chinese banks came out on top as the world’s biggest, according to calculations by The Banker.
  • American banks are more efficient in use of their assets.
  • British banks defied the Brexit slump by increasing their profits.
  • Read more on Markets Insider.

Every year, The Banker compiles a list of the biggest banks in the world, and yet again Chinese banks have dominated the top of the list.

The Banker includes 1000 banks across the list, ranking them based upon Tier 1 capital – a yardstick used by regulators to assess a bank’s financial health.

On the list of the top 10 banks, only four of them were American, with one from the UK, one from Japan and the rest were Chinese.

While Chinese banks were the largest, American banks were more efficient in use of their assets, The Banker said.

“Free and open markets encourage banks to be more efficient,” Editor Brian Caplen said on the publication’s website. “A more closed system in China with greater state involvement is less effective in driving efficiency.”

British banks increased their profits by a third, but were still chasing French banks in terms of profits and capital.

Check out the list of the 10 biggest banks below.

10. Mitsubishi UFJ, Japan — $US146 billion

9. HSBC Holdings, UK — $US147 billion

8. Citigroup, US — $US158 billion

7. Wells Fargo, US — $US168 billion

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6. Bank of America, US — $US189 billion

5. JPMorgan Chase, US — $US209 billion

4. Bank of China, China — $US230


3. Agricultural Bank of China, China — $US243 billion


2. China Construction Bank, China — $US287 billion

1. ICBC, China — $US338 billion

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