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5. International Business Machines
Fortune 500 rank: 20
2009 profit: $13.4 billion
Big Blue outshined its rivals in one of the worst years for tech spending.

With its focus on software and services, such as managing traffic systems in Europe, IBM boosted profits by 9%, giving investors renewed faith that CEO Sam Palmisano's focus on more profitable businesses is working.

NEXT: 6. Goldman Sachs Group

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