Global 500: The top 25
Wal-Mart retakes the lead on Fortune's annual list of the world's biggest companies. See which other outfits top our list.
By Telis Demos and Christopher Tkaczyk
Old-economy outfits top Fortune's annual Global 500 list, thanks to rising oil prices and a slew of mergers that drove record profits. (
Exxon Mobil leads our list of top earners this year. Which other companies are among the most profitable on the planet? (
Which automaker lost a whopping $12.6 billion last year? And just how far into the red are stalwarts like Goodyear and Tyson Foods? (