Our annual ranking of America's largest corporations

Top companies: Most profitable
Rank ▾ Company 500 Rank 2011 Profits as % of Equity
1 Philip Morris International 99 3,751.5
2 Limited Brands 256 620.5
3 Energy Transfer Equity 312 579.3
4 Lockheed Martin 58 265.2
5 Ford Motor 9 134.5
6 Western Union 445 130.2
7 Boeing 39 114.3
8 Colgate-Palmolive 155 102.4
9 Altria Group 156 92.1
10 International Business Machines 19 78.7
11 Hershey 404 74.1
12 Campbell Soup 334 74.0
13 Yum Brands 213 72.4
14 Kellogg 205 69.9
15 Sara Lee 220 66.2
16 McGraw-Hill 384 60.4
17 United Parcel Service 52 54.1
18 Express Scripts Holding 60 51.6
19 MGM Resorts International 331 51.2
20 US Airways Group 208 47.3
21 TJX 125 46.6
22 Advance Auto Parts 392 46.5
22 United Continental Holdings 76 46.5
24 Goodyear Tire & Rubber 126 45.8
25 Celanese 368 45.3
26 Ross Stores 299 44.0
27 Rockwell Collins 496 41.6
27 Gilead Sciences 306 41.6
29 Deere 97 41.2
30 Microsoft 37 40.6
31 DuPont 72 40.4
32 Rockwell Automation 410 39.9
33 TRW Automotive Holdings 161 39.4
34 Dell 44 39.2
35 Caterpillar 46 38.3
36 McDonald's 107 38.2
37 Eastman Chemical 346 37.2
38 Exelis 422 36.5
39 Ball 297 36.4
40 Dollar Tree 373 36.3
40 Medco Health Solutions 36 36.3
42 Family Dollar Stores 301 35.7
43 Nordstrom 242 34.9
44 C.H. Robinson Worldwide 259 34.6
45 CF Industries Holdings 402 33.9
46 Baxter International 195 33.8
46 Apple 17 33.8
48 PPG Industries 180 33.7
49 Cummins 150 33.6
50 Avon Products 234 32.7
Issue date: May 21, 2012
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Rank # of Fortune 500 Companies
California 53
Texas 52
New York 50
Company Rank
Google 73
NetApp 474
NuStar Energy 377
Company 2011 $ (millions)
Exxon $41,060.0
Chevron $26,895.0
Apple $25,922.0
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