The power behind the board

Published in Upward Curve

The Big Four accountancy firms are on international executives’ speed-dial, thanks to their comprehensive skillset and vast global reach. Sally Percy finds out more

They are the superpowers of the professional services world. Between them, the “Big Four” as they are known, earn combined revenues around the world of over US$103bn, have more than 35,000 partners, employ some 500,000 professional staff, run offices in 158 countries and work for just about every blue-chip company that you can think of.

To put it in context, if the Big Four were a country, they would have a GDP greater than Morocco and a population bigger than Luxembourg.

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