I have seen a post going around on Facebook containing a list of "facts" about Walmart. Two of them seem like very large claims:
- Wal-Mart employs 1.6 million people, is the world's largest private employer, and most speak English.
- Wal-Mart is the largest company in the history of the world.
Are either of those two claims true?
Update addressing the questions in the comments
For employment let's assume this does not include any military, or non profits. My thoughts around this are 1) Militaries are more of a branch of government and not really "private", and for non-profits, where do you draw the line on employment? Are members considered employees? Only those who receive paychecks? So for simplicity, let's stick to corporations where employees are considered to be people paid for their services.
I am not 100% sure what measurement to use for largest company, but I think revenue can be a good starting point. If you feel there is a better one feel free to comment.