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Money losers
In a dismal year, these 20 companies saw the steepest losses. more
Meet Shell's new CEO
Peter Voser, head of the world's largest oil company, is shaking things up. more
Most profitable
Oil companies are the biggest money makers on this year’s Global 500. more
How Dr. Z plans to fix Mercedes
Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche is trying to outrace BMW and Audi. more
Global 500 companies by country
The United States lays claim to the most global giants, followed by Japan, and then France. more
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Top performers
China United Telecommunications is among the companies that boasted the fastest growing profits last year. more
Women CEOs
There are currently 13 Fortune Global 500 companies run by women, compared with last year, when there were 12. Archer Daniels Midland chief executive Patricia Woertz leads the pack; new this year is Sunoco’s Lynn Elsenhans. more
Which industries rule?
The oil industry saw the biggest increase in profits this year, with earnings up 16%. more
Anne Fisher: How to be a better global manager
Success in foreign markets demands that you understand differences between cultures. A new book tells how. more
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Rank # of Global 500 Companies
U.S. 140
Japan 68
France 40
Company 2008 Number of Employees
Wal-Mart Stores 2,100,000
China National Petroleum 1,618,393
State Grid 1,537,000
Company 2008 Profits
($ millions)
Exxon Mobil $45,220
Gazprom $29,864
Royal Dutch Shell $26,277
FAQ and methodology
All companies on the list must publish financial data and report part or all of their figures to a government agency. In the U.S., private companies and cooperatives... More
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