Land of Opportunity

America is considered the land of opportunity among immigrants because the country provides them with a variety of life options that they would not have had in other countries, such as economic stability, excellent educational resources, a free enterprise system and an entrepreneurship culture.

Due to its entrepreneurial spirit, many of the most successful companies were started in a garage like environment, like Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, Google, Dell, HP, Amazon, Harley Davidson, Mattel, Nike, Disney, etc.

USA is the world’s largest market. Nowhere in the world can compare to the USA in the IT industry and innovation. UK’s consul general in New York mentioned in his article in the Entrepreneur magazine that:

“America, to entrepreneurs the world over, remains the land of opportunity…The U.S. has an enormous, well-educated workforce, many of whom have studied at the world’s top universities (three-quarters of them are on American soil, after all). It’s a country that’s retained its entrepreneurial spirit and a love of adventure that allow for good ideas to catch the wind and take to the skies.” – Danny Lopez, British Consul General, New York, and Director General for UK Trade & Investment USA

Fortune Global 500 biggest companies
by revenue in the world.

Rank Country Companies
1 United States 128
2 China 95
3 Japan 57
4 France 31
5 United Kingdom 28
6 Germany 28
7 South Korea 17
8 Switzerland 13
9 Netherlands 13
10 Canada 10

In the Forbes Global 2000 list of top 10 software companies in the world, 8 are from the USA.

Rank Country Revenue FY Market Cap Headquarters
1 Microsoft $86.83 2014 $385.4 USA
2 Oracle $38.27 2014 $194.7 USA
3 SAP $22.3 2013 $85.9 Germany
4 Symantec $6.8 2013 $17.7 USA
5 VMware $5.2 2013 $35.3 USA
6 Fiserv $4.8 2013 $17.2 USA
7 CA Technologies $4.6 2013 $13.7 USA
8 Intuit $4.2 2013 $26.0 USA
9 salesforce.com $4.1 2014 $37.4 USA
10 Amadeus IT Group $4.1 2013 $17.7 Spain

Of the world’s top 12 Dot.com companies, 7 are from the USA.

Rank Country Industry Revenue ($B) FY Employees Market cap ($B) Headquarters
1 Amazon E-commerce $74.45 2014 117,300 $133.07 Seattle, WA, USA
2 Google Search $59.82 2014 47,756 $371.35 Mountain View, CA, USA
3 eBay E-commerce $16.05 2014 31,500 $63.70 San Jose, CA, USA
4 Tencent Social $9.91 2014 25,517 $144.24 Shenzhen, China
5 Alibaba E-commerce $8.57 2014 26,000 $246.02 Hangzhou, China
6 Facebook Social $7.87 2014 7,185 $208.56 Menlo Park, CA, USA
7 Rakuten E-commerce $5.56 2014 10,867 $13.06 Tokyo, Japan
8 Priceline.com Travel $5.26 2014 8,000 $35.58 Norwalk, CT, USA
9 Baidu Search $5.21 2014 34,600 $78.02 Beijing, China
10 Yahoo Web portal $4.68 2014 12,200 $44.03 Sunnyvale, CA, USA
11 Salesforce.com Cloud computing $4.07 2014 12,000 $36.33 San Francisco, CA, USA
12 Yandex Search $1.21 2013 5,514 $8.45 Moscow, Russia

In the Financial Times Global 500 of top 10 largest public traded companies, 9 are USA companies that include:

Rank First quarter Second quarter Third quarter
1 USA Apple Inc. USA Apple Inc. USA Apple Inc.
2 USA Exxon Mobil USA Exxon Mobil USA Exxon Mobil
3 USA Microsoft USA Google USA Microsoft
4 USA Google USA Microsoft USA Google
5 USA Berkshire Hathaway USA Berkshire Hathaway USA Berkshire Hathaway
6 USA Johnson & Johnson USA Johnson & Johnson USA Johnson & Johnson
7 USA Wells Fargo USA Wells Fargo USA Wells Fargo
8 USA General Electric UK Royal Dutch Shell USA General Electric
9 SWISS Hoffmann-La Roche USA General Electric SWISS Novartis
10 USA Wal-Mart SWISS Hoffmann-La Roche SWISS Hoffmann-La Roche