The dividends paid to shareholders around the world reached 1.03 trillion dollars (748 billion euros) last year. That’s according to research by investment management firm Henderson Global Investors who pointed out payments grew very slowly in 2013 at just 2.8 percent.
But there has been a 43 percent rise in the value of global dividends since 2009.
A third of all payments were made by firms listed on the US stock markets with European-listed companies in second place.
The survey showed that 9 percent of all dividends paid globally came from just 10 giant companies in the oil, banking and telecoms industries.