Hosting the majority of the planet's population, it is not a surprise to see Asian countries playing an increasingly prominent role in today's business world. With a little under half of the countries on this top-20 of IBTimes1000 list coming from Asia, their collective business and geopolitical clout indeed suggests history's torch is moving from West to East.

For several decades, the economic leader in Asia was Japan, but now China is among the region's rising stars. We only have to look at where the majority of our goods are manufactured to understand the role China plays on the global stage.

The United States, with the world's largest and most diverse economy, maintains its top spot in terms of GDP, but is outpaced by the likes of Greater China and India in its number of fastest growing global companies.

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