Global 500 rank: 52 (Previous rank: 102)
Profits (millions): $20,321
Change from 2005: 36.7%
No. 52 overall on the Global 500, Moscow-based natural gas giant Gazprom is the most profitable Russian company ever to make the list. Because it controls a quarter of the natural gas market in Europe, Gazprom has enjoyed incredible pricing power that helped pushed net income up 37% last year, to $20.3 billion, on revenues of $81 billion.
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