Top 1000 World Banks 2019 - The Banker China Press Release – for immediate release - Top 1000 World Banks -


1 July 2019: Chinese banks maintained their grip on The Banker's latest ranking of the Top 1000 World Banks despite slower growth by the country’s largest institutions. China’s strong performance was helped by the outstanding growth of the mid-tier banks. The country’s strong tech sector made an impact on the rankings with the entry of online lender MYbank. 

For the second year running the top four banks in the ranking are Chinese, with ICBC topping the ranking for the seventh consecutive year. China Construction Bank stays in second place while Agricultural Bank of China moves to third place pushing Bank of China from third to fourth. 

But whereas last year all four banks increased their Tier 1 capital (the measure of strength used to compile the ranking) in double figures, this year – apart from Agricultural Bank of China which grew 11% - the top banks increased their Tier 1 by 6% or less. 

But the same slowdown is not seen by China’s medium-sized banks. Bank of Guangzhou, for example, increased its Tier 1 by 52% and went up 84 places in the ranking to number 223. Eight other Chinese banks increased their Tier 1 by a third, showing the continuing strength of the Chinese economy. 

Chinese banks face considerable competition from tech players such as Tencent and Ant Financial, but these have not so far shown up in the ranking. This year, however, Ant Financial’s online lender MYbank entered the ranking at 881. 

Says The Banker’s editor Brian Caplen: “China’s banks have held their positions at the top of this year’s ranking. Together they produce the highest banking profits of any country and nearly a quarter more than those of the US. ICBC is the world’s most profitable bank.”

“This year we saw strong growth among the mid-tier banks and the impact of the tech sector with the arrival of MYbank in the ranking.”

In total China has 136 banks in the ranking which together produce profits of $312bn, the highest in the world. ICBC delivers the largest profit of any bank with a net income of $43.6bn followed by China Construction Bank in second place with $37.3bn.


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Top 10 World Banks

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Top 5 Countries by Profits

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Top 5 Banks by Profits

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