List of Biggest Media Companies in the World

Kimi Dutta Kimi Dutta
Mar 25, 2021 5 min read
List of Biggest Media Companies in the World

The participation of mass media enterprises such as commercial, print publication, digital media, motion pictures and news, make media companies the most powerful. In the early 1980, over 90% of the media in America was run by almost 50 different companies. But in 1992 the number dropped to less than twenty-four, and in recent years, that same 90% lay fallen to a number of major conglomerates.

Here is the list of the Top media giants that set a benchmark for other media enterprises throughout the world.

Comcast
The Walt Disney Company
Time Warner
CBS and Viacom
Netflix
Sony
The New York Times Company
YouTube
Zee News
FAQ

Comcast

Net Worth estimated at around $210 billion.

Founded almost 58 years ago, Comcast is a massive multimedia conglomerate in the world by revenue. In 2014, Comcast reportedly made nearly $69 billion as reported by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). In 2013, Comcast has owned 51% of NBC Universal from GE (General Electric). Β Hence Comcast is the preeminent one, for its strong commitments and consistency.

It is the single major cable TV operator and internet service provider in United States. However, the content is created through its subsidiaries like AT & T Broadband, DreamWorks Animation which is then aired over TV and the Internet through Comcast Xfinity. The leader company is headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Comcast vs Disney
Comcast vs Disney

The Walt Disney Company

Net Worth is estimated at around $220 billion.

The next largest mass media and entertainment conglomerate is The Walt Disney Company and its corporate headquarters are in Burbank, California. The company has ownership in pleasure grounds, film studios, and multiple television networks, such as the ABC, A&E and ESPN.

They also have holdings in heritage companies like Marvel Entertainment and Lucasfilm of the Star Wars franchise. The mission is to entice and inspire people from all over, with recognized brands, entertaining sources and new innovations.

Time Warner

Net Worth is estimated at around $80 billion.

Time Warner is an independent conglomerate, and is also recognized as the world’s biggest producers by revenue. By 1990, the company became the world’s most famous media company until Warner signed an unsuccessful amalgamation with Dot-Com Bubble that ultimately led to heavy fall of $98.7 billion alliance in 2002.

The Dot-Com Bubble was one of the most major economic events in recent history that ultimately led to a stock market crash. The Dot-Com Bubble started in 1990s with a rapid wave of new internet companies. So like many other companies, Time Warner too suffered recession with the merger.

But in 2009, Time Warner regained its leader position. As per 2017 reports, Warner is estimated to have raised $31.27 billion in approx. Since then, AOL and Time Inc., as well as Time Warner’s entire cable division have become separate companies.

CBS and Viacom

Net worth of Viacom CBS is estimated at around $17.5 billion.

CBS and Viacom, being among the diversified multimedia conglomerate reportedly made about $14 to $15 billion in revenue each as per 2013 records. They used to be a single conglomerate administered by National Amusements, a movie theater chain.

Viacom CBS
Viacom CBS

On 13 August 2019, it was officially announced that CBS and Viacom would merge into a new entity known as Viacom CBS after their separation from the first personification of Viacom in January 2006.

Netflix

Net Worth is estimated at around $234billion.

Relatively a new comer to the Entertainment industry, Netflix is one of the top entertainment media that has expanded over time. In just 20-25 years, it has set the bar high making billions in annual revenue, and ranking 15th on the most innovative companies list. And is the 79th most relevant media in the world.

Netflix Fact
Netflix Fact

The film and television joint i.e., Netflix both in annual revenue of approximately $7.15million. The company is headquartered in the town of Scotts Valley, California.

Sony

Net Worth is estimated at around $95billion.

Sony is the biggest and most diverse conglomerate corporation, based in Japan that includes game and network services, music, pictures, and electronic products and solutions.

The New York Times Company

Net Worth is estimated at around $10 billion.

Established in the year 1851, The New York Times Company is currently under the chairmanship of A.G. Sulzberger. The company aims in enhancing society by creating, collecting and distributing high quality news, and other media properties.

It also produce iconic newspapers and is one of the most respected source of news. In 2019, it had a raise of $1.81 billion revenue. Along with YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, the company added new digital subscribers in the recent quarter.

YouTube

Net Worth is estimated at around $170 billion.

Indeed YouTube is the pulsating sensation of the electronic community that has incited the video sector. From my reminiscence, VCR and then DVD player were the only source of medium to watch videos, and then we moved to cable networks and now its YouTube.

YouTube fact
YouTube fact

But only about 30 years ago, streaming videos over the internet was pretty much the toughest science figment. The YouTube phenomena has been around for approximately 15 years and already it has definitely changed the world with its influence and it is truly over-whelming.

Zee News

Net Worth is estimated at around $93 billion.

Owned by the Essel Group, Zee News is an exclusive news channel from India and World that research and streamline breaking news relating to business, glamour, economy, politics, sports, art and science. With a dedicated team of sincere and efficient employees, the company is predominantly focused on public awareness about all affairs.

The journalists reach anywhere and everywhere to give eyes to the necessities, and with this they are able to spread cognizance about uncertainties and promote good for the better. In 2018, there was a raise in valuation from about 75 billion rupees.

FAQ

Is Google a media company?

Richard Gingras, an American Internet executive and entrepreneur, argues that the company does not "produce media" that this is the reason Google does not describe itself as a media company.

What is the richest entertainment company in the world?

Comcast is the richest entertainment company in the world.

Who is the biggest broadcaster in the world?

Comcast Corp is the biggest broadcaster in the world.

Conclusion

Digital media companies are different from traditional companies as they tend to have more streams of revenue. Media industry is considered as the one of the most profitable industries in world. Many advertisers are more comfortable paying to reach consumers online.

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