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Top companies: Most profitable
Rank Company Global 500
Rank
2011 Profits
($ millions) ▾
Profits % change from 2010
1 Gazprom 15 44,459.6 39.4
2 Exxon Mobil 2 41,060.0 34.8
3 Industrial & Commercial Bank of China 54 32,214.1 32.0
4 Royal Dutch Shell 1 30,918.0 53.6
5 Chevron 8 26,895.0 41.4
6 China Construction Bank 77 26,180.6 31.4
7 Apple 55 25,922.0 85.0
8 BP 4 25,700.0 0.0
9 BHP Billiton 108 23,648.0 85.9
10 Microsoft 119 23,150.0 23.4
11 Vale 159 22,885.0 32.6
12 Petronas 68 21,915.3 25.4
13 Volkswagen 12 21,425.5 136.7
14 Ford Motor 27 20,213.0 208.1
15 Petrobras 23 20,121.0 4.9
16 Bank of China 93 19,208.3 24.5
17 J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. 51 18,976.0 9.2
18 Agricultural Bank of China 84 18,859.5 34.6
19 American International Group 109 17,798.0 128.6
20 Total 11 17,069.2 21.9
21 HSBC Holdings 53 16,797.0 27.6
22 China National Petroleum 6 16,317.0 13.6
23 Wells Fargo 80 15,869.0 28.4
24 International Business Machines 57 15,855.0 6.9
25 Wal-Mart Stores 3 15,699.0 -4.2
26 General Electric 22 14,151.0 21.5
27 Statoil 40 14,055.1 123.0
28 Intel 173 12,942.0 12.9
29 Rosneft Oil 137 12,452.0 19.7
30 ConocoPhillips 9 12,436.0 9.5
31 Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group 144 12,428.7 82.6
32 Samsung Electronics 20 12,059.1 -11.8
33 Procter & Gamble 86 11,797.0 -7.4
34 China Mobile Communications 81 11,702.5 20.2
35 Vodafone Group 105 11,098.8 -10.4
36 Citigroup 60 11,067.0 4.4
37 Sberbank 304 10,755.7 79.3
38 Nestlé 71 10,691.5 -67.4
39 Roche Group 192 10,529.2 26.6
40 Lukoil 49 10,357.0 15.0
41 Berkshire Hathaway 24 10,254.0 -20.9
42 Pfizer 126 10,009.0 21.2
43 AstraZeneca 331 9,983.0 24.0
44 Google 277 9,737.0 14.5
45 Johnson & Johnson 138 9,672.0 -27.5
46 ENI 17 9,538.5 14.0
47 Sinopec Group 5 9,452.9 23.9
48 General Motors 19 9,190.0 48.9
49 Novartis 157 9,113.0 -7.0
50 TNK-BP International 198 8,981.0 54.4
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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