20 most profitable companies

Exxon Mobil was the most profitable company last year by far, raking in $39.5 billion in earnings. Who else made the top 20?

American Intl. Group
10. American Intl. Group
The hurricane forecasts in 2006 were dire, but the season turned out to be tame. So AIG saw a 20% reduction in the number of property and casualty claims it had to field, which in 2005 had escalated due to Wilma and Katrina. Earnings jumped 34% to $14 billion.

Exxon Mobil

UAL

Citigroup

Bank Of America

General Electric

Pfizer

Chevron

ConocoPhillips

J.P. Morgan Chase

American Intl. Group

Microsoft

Altria Group

Wal-Mart Stores

Johnson & Johnson

Berkshire Hathaway

Goldman Sachs Group

IBM

Procter & Gamble

Wells Fargo

Owens Corning
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