Ford Motor
Ford Motor
Fortune 500 rank: 9
2011 profit: $20.2 billion

With a more than 200% increase in net income compared to the previous year, 2011 was the strongest year in a decade for Ford. Despite its success, the company was certainly not immune to the European fiscal crisis; its operations in Europe lost $190 million in the fourth quarter alone. The company also absorbed losses due to floods in Thailand in 2011, but Ford seems to be moving ahead in sixth gear.

By Caitlin Keating, reporter @FortuneMagazine - Last updated May 07 2012: 10:59 AM ET
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