Rank: 33 (Previous rank: 17)
CEO: Robert H. Benmosche
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Many companies faced tough times in 2008 -- and AIG was one of them. Receiving a massive $182 billion bailout check from the Federal Reserve and the Treasury Department during the Bush and Obama administrations, AIG saved itself – and a lot of Wall Street banks – from unrecoverable losses. The bailout kept the insurance giant afloat and in 2011, AIG had $17.8 billion in profits, a 128.6% increase from 2010.
Industry: Insurance: Property and Casualty (stock)