Most Profitable

Exxon Mobil leads Fortune's list of top earners this year. Which other companies are among the most profitable on the planet?

General Electric
General Electric
Global 500 rank: 11 (Previous rank: 11)
Profits (millions): $20,829
Change from 2005: 27.4%
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GE bounced back from a down year in 2005, when profits fell 2.8%. Total profits for 2006 jumped 27%, helped in large part by strong performance at its infrastructure and health-care divisions, both of which increased earnings by nearly 20%. Health care was helped by GE's acquisition of IDX Systems, a health-care software firm, last year.

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Gazprom

Pfizer

Chevron

HSBC

ConocoPhillips

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Chase

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AIG

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Petronas

Petrobras

Microsoft
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