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20 most profitable companies in the world

Last updated on: July 15, 2013 15:35 IST
Apple store in Beijing.

Energy, technology and financial companies were the most profitable around the world, according to CNN Money. Let's take a look at 20 most profitable companies in the world.

Source: CNN Money

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Belgian headquarters of oil giant ExxonMobil in Machelen, northern Brussels.

Exxon Mobil

Headquarters: Irving, Texas

Country: The United States

Total profits: $44,880.0 million

Overall rank: 1

Exxon Mobil is the world's largest publicly traded international oil and gas company, providing energy that helps underpin growing economies and improve living standards around the world.

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Apple Store on the East Balcony in New York City's Grand Central Station.

Apple Inc

Headquarters: Cupertino, California

Country: The United States

Total profits: $41,733.0 million

Overall rank: 2

Apple is a multinational corporation that produces consumer electronics, computer software and commercial servers. Apple's core products are iPad, iPhone, iPod music player and Mac computers.

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Gazprom logo on an advertisement in front of the White House in Moscow.

Gazprom

Headquarters: Moscow

Country: Russia

Total profits: $38,086.2 million

Overall rank: 3

Gazprom is a global energy company. Its major business lines are geological exploration, production, transportation, storage, processing and sales of gas, gas condensate and oil, as well as generation and marketing of heat and electric power.

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A man cycles a bike carrying his daughter past a branch of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China in Beijing.

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

Headquarters: Beijing

Country: China

Total profits: $37,806.5 million

Overall rank: 4

At the end of the year, ICBC had 408,859 employees under payroll. ICBC provided a wide range of financial products and services to 4.11 million corporate clients and 282 million individual customers through 16,648 outlets across China, 239 overseas subsidiaries and a global network of more than 1,669 correspondent banks as well as Internet banking, telephone banking and self-service banking.

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A China Construction Bank branch in Shanghai.

China Construction Bank

Headquarters: Beijing

Country: China

Total profits: $30,618.2 million

Overall rank: 5

At the end of 2011, it had a network of 13,581 branches and sub-branches in China, maintained overseas branches in Hong Kong, Singapore, Frankfurt, Johannesburg, Tokyo, Seoul, New York, Ho Chi Minh City and Sydney, and representative offices in Taipei and Moscow.

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A Volkswagen Passat drives along a street in downtown Shanghai.

Volkswagen

Headquarters: Wolfsburg

Country: Germany

Total profits: $27,909.1 million

Overall rank: 6

The Volkswagen Group with its headquarters in Wolfsburg is one of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers and the largest carmaker in Europe. In 2012, the group increased the number of vehicles delivered to customers to 9.276 million, corresponding to a 12.8 per cent share of the world passenger car market.

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Shell's headquarters in the Hague, the Netherlands.

Shell

Headquarters: The Hague

Country: The Netherlands

Total profits: $26,592.0 million

Overall rank: 7

Shell is a global group of energy and petrochemical companies. It operates in more than 70 countries and has more than 87,000 employees.

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A Chevron petrol station in Los Angeles, California.

Chevron

Headquarters: San Ramon, California

Country: The United States

Total profits: $26,179.0 million

Overall rank: 8

In 2012, Chevron's average net production was 2.61 million barrels of oil-equivalent per day. About 75 per cent of that production occurred outside the United States. Chevron had a global refining capacity of 1.95 million barrels of oil per day at the end of 2012.

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Red lanterns are hung at the headquarters of the Agricultural Bank of China in Beijing.

Agricultural Bank of China

Headquarters: Beijing

Country: China

Total profits: $22,996.9 million

Overall rank: 9

In 2012, the bank had 23,472 domestic branch outlets, including the head office, the business department of the head office, three specialised institutions managed by the head office, 37 tier-1 branches (including branches directly managed by the head office), 348 tier-2 branches (including business departments of branches in provinces), 3,482 tier-1 sub-branches (including business departments in municipalities, business departments of branches directly managed by the head office and business departments of tier-2 branches), and 19,600 other establishments.

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Bank of China's branch in Beijing.

Bank of China

Headquarters: Beijing

Country: China

Total profits: $22,099.5 million

Overall rank: 10

As China's most international and diversified bank, Bank of China provides a comprehensive range of financial services to customers across the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and 36 overseas countries.

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JP Morgan Chase & Company headquarters in New York.

JP Morgan Chase & Company

Headquarters: New York

Country: The United States

Total profits: $21,284.0 million

Overall rank: 11

JPMorgan Chase & Company is one of the oldest, largest and best-known financial institutions in the world. The firm's legacy dates back to 1799 when its earliest predecessor was chartered in New York City.

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Samsung outdoor advertisement in Seoul, South Korea.

Samsung Electronics

Headquarters: Seoul

Country: South Korea

Total profits: $20,585.7 million

Overall rank: 12

From its inception as a small export business in Taegu, South Korea, Samsung has grown to become one of the world's leading electronics companies, specialising in digital appliances and media, semiconductors, memory, and system integration.

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A Wells Fargo branch in Washington, DC.

Wells Fargo

Headquarters: San Francisco, California

Country: The United States

Total profits: $18,897.0 million

Overall rank: 13

Wells Fargo & Company is a diversified financial services company providing banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 stores and more than 12,000 ATMs and the Internet across North America and internationally.

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Employees of China National Petroleum Corporation carry out routine checks at a gas refinery in Suining, Sichuan province, China.

China National Petroleum

Headquarters: Beijing

Country: China

Total profits: $18,195.9 million

Overall rank: 14

CNPC is China's largest oil and gas producer and supplier, as well as one of the world's major oilfield service providers and a globally reputed contractor in engineering construction.

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A woman walks past the Fannie Mae headquarters in Washington, DC.

Fannie Mae

Headquarters: Washington, DC

Country: The United States

Total profits: $17,220.0 million

Overall rank: 15

Fannie Mae is the leading source of residential mortgage credit in the US secondary market. It reported $8.1 billion in net income for the first quarter of 2013‚ its fifth consecutive quarterly profit and the largest quarterly pre-tax income in its history.

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A Walmart Supercenter in Rogers, Arkansas, United States.

Walmart Stores

Headquarters: Rogers, Arkansas

Country: The United States

Total profits: $16,999.0 million

Overall rank: 16

Each week, more than 245 million customers and members visit its 10,800 stores under 69 banners in 27 countries and e-commerce websites in 10 countries. With fiscal year 2013 sales of about $466 billion, Walmart employs 2.2 million associates worldwide.

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A view of Microsoft's headquarters in Issy-les-Moulineaux, near Paris, France.

Microsoft

Headquarters: Redmond, Washington

Country: The United States

Total profits: $16,978.0 million

Overall rank: 17

Microsoft, the world's largest software manufacturer, has more than 90,000 employees in over 190 countries.

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A view of the headquarters of IBM Japan in Tokyo.

International Business Machines

Headquarters: New York

Country: The United States

Total profits: $16,604.0 million

Overall rank: 18

IBM is a global technology and innovation company that stands for progress. With operations in over 170 countries, IBMers around the world invent and integrate hardware, software and services to help forward-thinking enterprises, institutions and people everywhere succeed in building a smarter planet.

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Malaysia's landmark Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur.

Petronas

Headquarters: Kuala Lumpur

Country: Malaysia

Total profits: $16,001.1 million

Overall rank: 19

Petronas is the national oil and gas company of Malaysia and is wholly-owned by the Government of Malaysia. Together with its subsidiaries and associated companies, Petronas, a Fortune Global 500 company, has fully integrated oil and gas operations in a broad spectrum of the oil and gas value-chain.

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BHP Billiton head office in central Melbourne, Australia.

BHP Billiton

Headquarters: Melbourne

Country: Australia

Total profits: $15,417.0 million

Overall rank: 20

BHP Billiton is among the world’s largest producers of major commodities, including aluminium, coal, copper, iron ore, manganese, nickel, silver and uranium, and have substantial interests in oil and gas.