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6. Goldman Sachs Group
Fortune 500 rank: 39
2009 profit: $13.4 billion
After returning TARP funds in June, Goldman Sachs got back to doing what it does best: making money.

The financial services titan posted a $3.4 billion profit in the second quarter to the chagrin of lawmakers who had bailed out the Wall Street bank just months before.

For the full year Goldman earnings jumped almost six-fold over 2008 on gains from trading and its own investments.

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