Interesting graphic showing the world’s most profitable companies.

Its no surprise that 6 of the top 10 firms with the greatest earnings  are Oil companies.

Vis Profit Cos 1

Full list after jump . . .

Vis Profit Cos 2

via Bill Shrink

Category: Digital Media, Earnings

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15 Responses to “Most Profitable Global Companies”

  1. joro says:

    Would have not guessed Nestle was in the top ten if I had an hour to rattle off companies. Also shocking that Canada is tied with Mexico with one company on the list

  2. Crabbybill says:

    Where did China go on this map?

  3. Transor Z says:

    Where did China go on this map?

    They’re Russia’s pen1s.

  4. Marcus Aurelius says:



  5. Kristjan says:

    While infographics like this are interesting, they are somewhat misleading because they only list the top public companies. The list would surely be different if it listed the 100 most profitable public, private & government owned companies. Arabian oil companies would no doubt he in the top 100, along with a few weapons manufacturers. Unfortunately, such information is not available or is very hard to find. I presume that the reason American companies top the list at over 50% is not because they are the most profitable, but because America is a bastion of free trade and it is very common for a company to be traded on an exchange. A lot of companies in Russia, Eastern Europe, China and other less developed parts of the world are not even on the radar screen of investors.
    Just my $0.02


    BR: Not that Bloomberg would make the top 10, but I’d bet they’d make the top 100

  6. Mr. Micawber says:

    This actually reminds me of how full of horsesh*t the Economist has become.

    Anyone remember their leader a few weeks ago about how Toyota was doomed to collapse?

    Also tells me that, if Peak Oil isn’t true, we sure do have a ton of profits going to companies extracting a resource that isn’t supposed to be that scarce.

  7. Clay says:

    To provide perspective, they should have shown percentages of Net Income as a percentage Total Revenue/Sales for each company and shown separate rankings for some of the largest companies based on these percentages.

    My guess is that most of the companies included in the above graphics have Net Income percentages between 3% and 8%.

  8. MattS says:

    Or… With ExxonMobil’s profits from last year alone they could… generate returns for the shareholders who risked their capital in a business linked to a volatile commodity price affording people around the world mobility, heat and helpful chemicals and plastics. But why point out that stuff?

    Also, these companies have the biggest absolute profit numbers, but aren’t those with the highest profitability. The anti-profit types have grabbed the artificial moral high ground and exploit it beautifully. I love the assumption that ExxonMobil “could” give away all of that money. What if they did? We’d be walking to work real quick.

  9. sgornick says:

    Add back the bonuses (net, after subtracting corporate income tax) and Goldman Sachs would be on that list, no?

  10. MattS,

    have you ever wondered why, post ’89, we were never entreated to the Soviet-era “Anti-American/Anti-Capitalist” Propaganda, of Cold-War fame?

    seriously, didn’t you think some enterprising ‘entrepenuer’ would have Imported that stuff for a cross-country Tour, showing at a Cineplex/Drive-In/Shopping Mall near you?

    but, never happened, right?

  11. Mike in Nola says:

    Well, looky there: collapsing MSFT is still there even though APPL gets all the press. Where’s Apple? Fanbois will not believe this chart.

  12. Mike in Nola says:

    Clay: Profit margins depend on the capital investments needed. Industrial companies have high capital costs which drag down margins; companies like MSFT that don’t sell hardware or have to invest heavily in equipment have an advantage there.



    Q3 (Sep ’09) 2008
    Net profit margin 5.92% 9.47%
    Operating margin 11.19% 17.13%
    EBITD margin – 20.20%
    Return on average assets 8.61% 19.24%
    Return on average equity 17.74% 38.53%
    Employees 79,900

    Q3 (Sep ’09) 2009 [2008?]
    Net profit margin 27.66% 24.93%
    Operating margin 34.55% 34.85%
    EBITD margin – 38.77%
    Return on average assets 17.98% 19.34%
    Return on average equity 35.50% 38.42%
    Employees 93,000
    Uncle Festus is doing ok, despite everyone dumping on MSFT.

    Interestingly, MSFT has better margins than Google, I suppose because Google has to maintain huge server farms.

  13. willid3 says:

    software companies always have better margins. they should too.other than some hardware, the production of their product is actually pretty simple. a lot of them will have very large profit margins (+30) but they also get them selves into trouble really easily. they do have a large server farm, just not as big as Google maybe.

  14. Mike in H-town,

    you’re forgetting about MSFT bleeding through the orifices with projects X-box, and Zune, for starters..
    and, going-fwd, seemingly, potential Loss of Rev. from Word sales..

    and, these continuing issues, ready for future Lawsuits..

    does MSFT represent “Goodwill” in negative #’s, on its Bal. Sheet?

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