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?

11. Microsoft
Redmond only nudged the earnings needle up by 3%, to $12.6 billion. But that's enough to make it one of the Fortune 500's most profitable corporations. Still, Gates & company have their work cut out for them as they try to adapt to an increasingly Web-centric software arena.

Exxon Mobil



Bank Of America

General Electric




J.P. Morgan Chase

American Intl. Group


Altria Group

Wal-Mart Stores

Johnson & Johnson

Berkshire Hathaway

Goldman Sachs Group


Procter & Gamble

Wells Fargo

Owens Corning
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