This year’s Fortune Global 500 was prepared under the direction of list editor Scott DeCarlo. Financial statements and annual reports were reviewed by reporter Douglas Elam, accounting specialists Rhona Altschuler, Cappy Lyons and markets editor Kathleen Smyth. Beijing bureau’s Zhang Dan provided figures for Chinese companies. Fortune ’s Business Information Database administrator, Santhosh Varghese, supplied technical support. The data verification process was aided substantially by Lexis Securities Mosaic, S&P Global Market Intelligence and Thomson Reuters.