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15. General Motors
General Motors
Rank: 15 (Previous rank: 6)
CEO: Edward E. Whitacre Jr.
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2009 was a tornado for the 101-year-old automaker. There were three CEOs, four divested car brands, and a bankruptcy reorganization that left American taxpayers as its largest shareholders. Don't forget 2,300 eliminated dealers, 10 closed plants, and 21,000 layoffs.

The world's second-largest automaker is now run by CEO Ed Whitacre and CFO Christopher P. Liddell, neither of whom have previous auto experience. Liddell says GM has a “reasonable chance” of making a profit in 2010, expects to pay back the remaining $5.6 billion in government loans by June, and plans a public stock offering “as soon as it makes sense.” --Alex Taylor III

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Key financials $ millions % change
from 2008
Revenues 104,589.0 -29.8
Profits N.A. N.A.
Assets 136,295.0
Stockholders' equity 21,249.0
Market value (3/26/2010) N.A.
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Stockholders' equity N.A.
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Rank Company 500
($ millions)
1 Ford Motor 8 118,308.0
2 General Motors 15 104,589.0
3 Johnson Controls 83 28,497.0
4 Goodyear Tire & Rubber 141 16,301.0
5 TRW Automotive Holdings 201 11,614.0
6 Navistar International 202 11,569.0
7 Lear 242 9,739.6
8 Paccar 282 8,086.5
9 Icahn Enterprises 290 7,865.0
10 Visteon 335 6,685.0
11 Oshkosh 386 5,433.3
12 Dana Holding 398 5,228.0
13 Autoliv 410 5,120.7
14 Tenneco 446 4,649.0
15 ArvinMeritor 450 4,617.0
Issue date: May 3, 2010.
This is the "new" GM. The "old" GM filed for Chapter 11, June 1, 2009. The "new" GM was formed by assets it purchased from "old" GM, now called Motors Liquidation Co., July 10, 2009. The company is owned 60.8% by the U.S. Government; 17.5% by UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust; 11.7% by Canada and Ontario Governments and 10% by Motors Liquidation.
Net income is not included because company’s emergence from bankruptcy, which included forgiveness of debt, distorted results. Combining the predecessor company with the successor company, General Motors reported net income of $104.8 billion to the SEC.
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Detroit, MI 48265
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Company 2009 $ (millions)
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