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10 most profitable companies in the world

November 11, 2014 09:09 IST

Image: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella speaks during a Microsoft cloud briefing event in San Francisco.
Photograph: Robert Galbraith/Reuters

With its new iPhones and iPads, Apple continues to be among the three most profitable companies in the world. However, if you look at the 10 top profitable companies in the world, most are from China, and surprisingly all are diversified banks.

24/7 Wall St. came up with the list of most profitable companies globally. Here are the top 10...

Microsoft Corporation


Image: A pedestrian walks a sign on Microsoft Headquarters campus.
Photograph
: Stephen Brashear/Getty Images

Rank: 10

Net income from cont. operations: $22.1 billion

Country: United States

Industry: Systems software

Revenue: $86.8 billion

BP


Image: A woman directs shareholders to the BP Annual General Meeting at the Excel Centre in east London.
Photograph
: Neil Hall/Reuters

Rank: 9

Net income from cont. operations: $23.5 billion

Country: United Kingdom

Industry: Integrated oil and gas

Revenue: $379.6 billion

Bank of China


Image: Bank of China building.
Photograph
: Mailer_Diablo/Wikimedia Commons

Rank: 8

Net income from cont. operations: $25.5 billion

Country: China

Industry: Diversified banks

Revenue: $63.3 billion

Agricultural Bank of China


Image: An elderly woman pushes her twin grandchildren on a cart past a branch of Agricultural Bank of China in Xiangyang.
Photograph
: Reuters

Rank: 7

Net income from cont. operations: $27.1 billion

Country: China

Industry: Diversified banks

Revenue: $68.2 billion

Samsung Electronics


Image: A man using his mobile phone walks past a Samsung Electronics shop in the company's main office building in central Seoul.
Photograph
: ReutersLee Jae-Won/Reuters

Rank: 6

Net income from cont. operations: $27.2 billion

Country: South Korea

Industry: Technology hardware, storage and peripherals

Revenue: $216.6 billion

Exxon Mobil


Image: An Exxon service station is pictured near a Mobil station in Falls Church, Virginia.
Photograph
: Reuters

Rank: 5

Net income from cont. operations: $32.6 billion

Country: United States

Industry: Integrated oil and gas

Revenue: $393.7 billion

China Construction Bank


Image: Customers walk out of a China Construction Bank branch in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen.
Photograph
: Bobby Yip/Reuters

Rank: 4

Net income from cont. operations: $34.9 billion

Country: China

Industry: Diversified banks

Revenue: $76.9 billion

Gazprom


Image: Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) and China's Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli attend a ceremony marking the start of the construction of the "Power of Siberia" pipeline at the village of Us Khatyn.
Photograph
: Reuters

Rank: 3

Net income from cont. operations: $35.7 billion

Country: Russia

Industry: Integrated oil and gas

Revenue: $156.6 billion

Apple


Image: Attendees sit in front of an Apple logo at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2013 in San Francisco.
Photograph
: Stephen Lam/Reuters

Rank: 2

Net income from cont. operations: $37.0 billion

Country: United States

Industry: Technology hardware, storage and peripherals

Revenue: $170.9 billion

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China


Image: Business Center of ICBC in Beijing.
Photograph
: RudolfSimon/Wikimedia Commons

Rank: 1

Net income from cont. operations: $42.7 billion

Country: China

Industry: Diversified banks

Revenue: $89.4 billion