Fortune 500 rank: 6
2010 profit: $11.6 billion
GE is back to health. After one of the worst stretches in its history, GE's finance, health-care, and transportation businesses all posted higher profits last year amid the economic recovery, boosting GE's bottom line 6%. CEO Jeff Immelt continued working to shrink GE Capital, the troublesome finance division that strained GE during the credit crisis.
The division posted a $3.3 billion profit in the year -- more than double its profit during 2009 but well below its peak. Further proof of the industrial giant's improved state: Its dividend was raised twice, and its stock increased 21% in 2010.
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Last updated May 10 2011: 8:38 AM ET