General Electric is the world’s most prolific foreign investor, according to fDi’s first ever ranking of the Top 100 Fastest Growing Companies.

US companies are the most numerous in the field of 100, accounting for a quarter of the total. These results suggest that, despite the emergence of Brazil, China and India as outward investors, the traditional triumvirate of the US, Japan and Germany will remain, for the moment, the key source of corporate expansion and foreign investment activity.

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fDi’s ranking was compiled using greenfield investment data from OCO Consulting and mergers and acquisitions data from Mergermarket.

OCO supplied a list of the top 100 companies by number of projects, another list for number of jobs created, and another for capital expenditure. Mergermarket made two lists – the top 100 companies by M&A deal value, and the top 100 by deal volume. These five rankings were merged to create the composite ranking of the top 100 most active foreign investors.

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Top 20 Companies by number of Greenfield Project Jobs*

Top 50 Companies Ranked by number of Projects by Country*