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Rank Company Global 500
Rank
Profits % change from 2010 ▾ 2011 Profits ($ millions)
1 Medipal Holdings 310 641.6 147.5
2 Merck 207 628.5 6,272.0
3 INTL FCStone 102 590.7 37.3
4 Valero Energy 35 545.1 2,090.0
5 Enterprise Products Partners 226 538.1 2,046.9
6 ChemChina 402 531.3 100.1
7 EXOR Group 45 286.2 700.8
8 Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance 457 239.8 877.4
9 GlaxoSmithKline 231 234.2 8,434.5
10 United Continental Holdings 283 232.0 840.0
11 Glencore International 14 213.6 4,048.0
12 Électricité de France 73 209.8 4,185.3
13 Ford Motor 27 208.1 20,213.0
14 Swiss Re 394 204.3 2,626.0
15 Wuhan Iron & Steel 321 191.7 664.4
16 Hutchison Whampoa 362 179.0 7,196.6
17 SK Holdings 65 165.0 1,510.3
18 MetLife 114 150.2 6,981.0
19 Alcoa 439 140.6 611.0
20 Japan Tobacco 427 140.1 4,064.0
21 Volkswagen 12 136.7 21,425.5
22 China Post Group 258 136.0 3,084.7
23 American International Group 109 128.6 17,798.0
24 Continental 241 126.4 1,727.2
25 Statoil 40 123.0 14,055.1
26 Xerox 488 113.7 1,295.0
27 China National Building Materials Group 365 109.6 656.5
28 International Paper 424 108.2 1,341.0
29 HCA Holdings 343 104.2 2,465.0
30 Itochu 172 102.5 3,805.9
31 Bayer 187 99.3 3,434.4
32 Ecopetrol 303 97.8 8,347.6
33 Husky Energy 466 97.5 2,248.6
34 EADS 125 96.1 1,436.3
35 CHS 287 91.4 961.4
36 Plains All American Pipeline 319 91.3 966.0
37 Deutsche Bank 104 87.8 5,745.3
38 Surgutneftegas 430 87.6 7,931.1
39 BHP Billiton 108 85.9 23,648.0
40 Apple 55 85.0 25,922.0
41 Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group 144 82.6 12,428.7
42 Caterpillar 155 82.5 4,928.0
43 Volvo 208 81.3 2,734.6
44 Softbank 253 79.4 3,973.7
45 Sberbank 304 79.3 10,755.7
46 ING Group 18 79.2 6,590.7
47 S-Oil 383 76.2 1,075.1
48 Woori Finance Holdings 449 73.9 1,928.9
49 Lenovo Group 370 73.1 473.0
50 TIAA-CREF 323 69.9 2,388.4
From the July 23, 2012 issue
Top 50 Headquarters
MAPS

Rank # of Global 500 Companies
U.S. 132
China 73
Japan 68
Company 2011 Number of Employees
Wal-Mart Stores 2,200,000
China National Petroleum 1,668,072
State Grid 1,583,000
Company 2011 Profits
($ millions)
Gazprom $44,459.6
Exxon Mobil $41,060
Industrial & Commercial Bank of China $32,214.1
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