Top 1000 World Banks 2020

The results of this year’s Top 1000 World Bank ranking must be regarded as the calm before the storm. The good news of 2020 – the 50th anniversary of the ranking – is that the global banking industry is broadly in good shape.

 The Banker has examined for the first time, in detail how well banks in 20 of the world’s leading economies performed in the past year, and in what shape they were in entering the coronavirus period, using additional data from The Banker Database.

In addition to our annual tables, this year we also include tables highlighting highest tax paid as percentage of income, top 10 banks with the highest non-performing loan ratios and top 15 economies with the lowest return on assets. features exclusive regional commentary and analysis for Asia-Pacific, Africa, Europe, LatAm and the Middle East

Top 1000 World Banks 2020 Results

Top 1000 World Banks 2020: Top 10 banks by Tier 1 capital: Globally

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Regions by Tier 1 Capital

The features exclusive regional commentary and analysis. We examine which countries dominate the regional rankings, the top performers, fastest growing banks, new entrants and who has dropped down the global table. Get the full picture at

Middle East
Highest movers
New arrivals and welcome back
Return on Assets

Best performing banks by country       

Saudi Arabia
South Africa
South Korea

Top 1000 World Banks 2020 latest articles

Top 1000 World Banks – NordLB lifts gloomy German outlook

July 1, 2020

While a few lenders posted decent numbers, the picture for Germany’s banks is less rosy. 

Top 1000 World Banks – French prudence pays off for top banks

July 1, 2020

Diversification strategies and sound fundamentals have put French banks in a strong position. 

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Top 1000 World Banks 2020

July 1, 2020

The fallout from Covid-19 is testing the resilience of the financial system. We crunch the numbers to assess the health of the world’s banks.

Top 1000 World Banks – Italian banks put up a mixed showing

July 1, 2020

Italy fields some stronger performers but generally the picture is of weak assets and capitalisation.

Top 1000 World Banks – Tinkoff is top performer but Russia has room to improve

July 1, 2020

Russia’s banks have improved capitalisation levels but lag behind in other key metrics.

Top 1000 World Banks – Kutxabank takes performance laurels among Spanish banks

July 1, 2020

The Banker’s Top 1000 shows Spanish banks have come a long way in the past decade. 

Top 1000 World Banks – Akbank overcomes Turkey's travails

July 1, 2020

Akbank ranks first among Turkey’s biggest banks, standing out in a range of categories. James King reports.

Top 1000 World Banks – RBS leads UK banks buttressed against Covid-19

July 1, 2020

RBS heads a UK field that benefited from decent asset quality and soundness.

Top 1000 World Banks – China holds tight at the top

July 1, 2020

China’s big four maintain their grip at the apex of the Top 1000, though returns are slowing.

Top 1000 World Banks – Indonesia’s banks creep up the ranking

July 1, 2020

Indonesia’s banks have shown a strong increase in Tier 1 capital over the course of 2019. Kimberley Long reports.

Top 1000 World Banks – Japan marches on despite slow growth

July 1, 2020

Number of Japanese banks in Top 1000 is stable, but they have struggled to maintain Tier 1 levels.

Top 1000 World Banks – South Korea’s banks stagnate

July 1, 2020

Lack of growth by South Korea’s banks has resulted in little movement in global ranking. 

Top 1000 World Banks – Taiwan’s banks post impressive growth

July 1, 2020

Taiwan’s banks are among those to watch in Asia-Pacific, with almost half in the Top 1000 seeing double-digit growth. Kimberley Long reports. 

Top 1000 World Banks – BTG Pactual proves size isn't everything in Brazil

July 1, 2020

Swift growth allows BTG Pactual to grab top place for overall performance among Brazil’s banks.

Top 1000 World Banks – Desjardins out in front of Canadian field

July 1, 2020

Desjardins Group, with its credit union model, shows best performance among Canada’s banks. 

Top 1000 World Banks – Duo dominate Colombia's showing

July 1, 2020

Colombia’s best-performing banks face testing times ahead. 

Top 1000 World Banks – Mexican lenders shore up Tier 1 capital

July 1, 2020

Mexico’s robust top banks give the country hope it can overcome the health and economic implications of the pandemic.

Top 1000 World Banks – JPMorgan leads US pack in slew of categories

July 1, 2020

JPMorgan took top place among US banks, while smaller lenders also performed strongly. 

Top 1000 World Banks – Zenith extends lead as Nigerian banks rise

July 1, 2020

Nigeria’s top five banks rose the latest ranking and Zenith Bank posted a 16% jump in Tier 1 capital.

Top 1000 World Banks – NCB heads pack as Saudi banks hold firm

July 1, 2020

Saudi Arabia’s banks have held their ground for 2020’s Top 1000, despite slumping oil prices. John Everington reports.

Top 1000 World Banks – Standard Bank takes South African and regional laurels

July 1, 2020

Standard Bank came top in Africa as well as South Africa, but lost ground in the Top 1000 ranking.

Top 1000 World Banks – Chinese regional lender rebounds to come out on top

July 1, 2020

Bank of Anshan has seen the biggest change in Tier 1 capital. Joy Macknight reports.

Top 1000 World Banks – Bumper year for US banks joining ranking

July 1, 2020

Consolidation has propelled US community banks into the Top 1000 this year.

Top 1000 World Banks – Kazakh bank outperforms on ROA

July 1, 2020

Jysan Bank of Kazakhstan pips last year’s winner, United National Corporation, to the post in the return on assets ranking. Joy Macknight reports.

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