Accounting & Tax

10 X 5: The Big Five’s Ten Biggest Clients

Who are the largest publicly traded clients of the Big Five accounancies?
John GoffJanuary 1, 2002

Here are the top ten clients of the Big Five accounting firms, as of 12/31/01. Numbers in parenthesis are 2001 annual sales for each company (in billions of dollars).

Arthur Andersen

1. Merck & Co.* ($40.3)
2. Enron Corp.* ($40.1)
3. Costco Companies ($32.2)
4. Dynergy Inc. ($29.4)
5. UtiliCorp United ($29.0)
6. Freddie Mac* ($28.4)
7. International Paper ($28.2)
8. Georgia Pacific ($22.2)
9. Walgreen Co. ($21.2)
10. UnitedHealth Group ($21.1)
*Has hired a different auditor since 12/31/01

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Deloitte & Touche
1. General Motors ($178.2)
2. Boeing Company ($56.2)
3. Duke Energy ($49.3)
4. Morgan Stanley Dean Witter ($45.4)
5. Merrill Lynch & Co. ($44.9)
6. Procter & Gamble ($40.0)
7. Sears Roebuck Co. ($35.0)
8. McKessonHBCO ($30.4)
9. Cardinal Health ($29.9)
10. Reliant Energy ($29.3)

Ernst & Young
1. Wal Mart Stores ($165.0)
2. VeriZon Communications ($64.7)
3. SBC Communications ($51.5)
4. Hewlett Packard Co. ($48.8)
5. Compaq Computer Corp. ($42.4)
6. Target Corp. ($36.9)
7. Intel Corp. ($29.4)
8. Lehman Brothers Holdings ($26.4)
9. Lockheed Martin Corp. ($22.9)
10. Tech Data Corporation ($20.4)

KPMG
1. General Electric ($111.6)
2. CitiGroup ($82.0)
3. Fannie Mae ($72.8)
4. Motorola Inc. ($37.6)
5. J.C. Penney Company ($32.5)
6. Home Depot ($30.2)
7. Wells Fargo & Co. ($27.6)
8. Aetna Inc. ($26.8)
9. Bank One Corp. ($25.2)
10. PepsiCo. Inc. ($20.4)

PricewaterhouseCoopers
1. Ford Motor Co. ($137.0)
2. Exxon Mobil Corp. ($115.4)
3. IBM ($88.4)
4. Philip Morris Companies ($78.6)
5. AT&T Corp. ($66.0)
6. AT&T Wireless Group ($53.2)
7. Chevron Texaco Corp. ($52.1)
8. Bank of America Corp. ($51.4)
9. Kroger Co. ($45.4)
10. Conoco Inc. ($39.3)

(SOURCE: Bowman’s Accounting Report)