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International Business Machines
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Rank: 18 (Previous rank: 20)
CEO: Samuel J. Palmisano
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When Big Blue celebrates its centennial later this year, it will do so in style. Sales reached almost $100 billion in 2010 and profits, which have quadrupled during CEO Sam Palmisano's nine-year reign, hit a record.

The secret: a heavy focus on innovation. IBM spent $24 billion on R&D last year and filed over 18,000 patents -- more than any other company in the world. Most firms pulled back during the recession, while IBM invested big in projects like artificial intelligence (who didn't watch Watson on Jeopardy?) and Smart Planet, its plan to use networking computer technology to ease traffic congestion and overtaxed power grids. --P.N.

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Key financials $ millions % change
from 2009
Revenues 99,870.0 4.3
Profits 14,833.0 10.5
Assets 113,452.0
Stockholders' equity 23,046.0
Market value (3/25/2011) 197,784.3
Profits as % of  
Revenues 14.9
Assets 13.1
Stockholders' equity 64.4
Earnings per share  
2010 $ 11.52
% change from 2009 15.1
2000-2010 annual growth rate % 10.0
Total return to investors %
2010 14.3
2000-2010 annual rate 6.9
Rank Company 500
($ millions)
1 International Business Machines 18 99,870.0
2 Computer Sciences 155 16,128.0
3 SAIC 219 11,117.0
4 Booz Allen Hamilton Holding 438 5,122.6
5 Cognizant Technology Solutions 484 4,592.4
Issue date: May 23, 2011
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