I believe that it is important to make a distinction here between an official listing and an over-the-counter listing.

According to Refinitiv (formerly known as Thomson Reuters), there are 108,790 listed companies around the world.

However, according to the latest statistics by the World Federation of Exchanges membership which comprises 200 exchanges, as of the end of 2015, there were 10,203 listed companies in the Americas across 10 exchanges; 25,401 listed companies in Asia – Pacific across 19 exchanges; and 10,136 listed in Europe – Middle-East – Africa across 27 exchanges bringing the total at 45,740 companies.

In addition to those, you have a number of ADRs, GDRs, cross-listings, over the counter listing, pink slips, etc

One trend that needs to be highlighted is the number of listed companies in the US: over the past 20-years from 1996 to 2016 they have been falling by half from approx 7,322 to 3,671

Here is the link to the WorldbankListed companies, totalwhere you can enjoy additional charts

Fun fact: there are over 3.7 million indexes globally with equity indexes representing over 95 percent of benchmarks calculated.Index Industry Association Survey Reveals 3.7 Million Indexes Globally

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