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?

Goldman Sachs Group
16. Goldman Sachs Group
It was a good year on Wall Street; Goldman's profits soared 70% to $9.5 billion thanks to hefty investment banking and trading revenue. The bank has been a big investor in alternative-energy companies, and is now turning its attention to opportunities in China.

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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