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?

Procter & Gamble
18. Procter & Gamble
The consumer-products giant posted $8.7 billion in earnings last year, up 20% from the previous year. The company bulked up its offerings in 2005 with its $57 billion acquisition of Gillette, whose brands included its signature razors, Duracell batteries and Oral-B dental care products.

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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