Wells Fargo is the third-largest bank in the U.S., with $1.8 trillion in assets and 6,200 domestic branches at year-end 2015. But in other respects it’s first among its peers: in the size of its loan portfolio ($917 billion), in market capitalization (it’s the world’s most valuable bank), in five-year total shareholder return (14.7%) — and in the opinions of CFO’s readers. The British magazine The Banker shares their assessment, rating Wells Fargo the best global and U.S. bank of 2015. Last year the bank extended $34.4 billion in middle-market loans and $18.8 billion in new loan commitments to small-business customers, generally companies with at least $5 million in sales.
Runners-Up: JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America