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The 25 Most Profitable Companies — and How Much They Make

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It’s easy to assume that a big company, especially one that is a household name, might also be incredibly profitable, but that’s not true for every company. Some are far more profitable than others, and we wanted to know which ones.

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For this piece, GOBankingRates determined the 25 companies with the most total profits by looking at the Fortune 500 companies for 2021 and ranked them based on that. GOBankingRates also found each companies total revenues, total assets, total employees and the companies’ current rank on the 2021 Fortune 500 list. Here’s a closer look at the 25 most profitable companies.

Last updated: Sept. 1, 2021
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25. Cigna

Cigna is a health insurance company.

  • Revenues: $160,401,000,000
  • Profits: $8,458,000,000
  • Assets: $155,451,000,000
  • Employees: 72,963
  • Fortune 500 rank: 13

 

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24. Goldman Sachs Group

Goldman Sachs Groups is a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm, according to its website.

  • Revenues: $53,498,000,000
  • Profits: $9,459,000,000
  • Assets: $1,163,028,000,000
  • Employees: 40,500
  • Fortune 500 rank: 59

 

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23. Pfizer

Pfizer is a leading biopharmaceutical company, known for producing one of the COVID-19 vaccines.

  • Revenues: $41,908,000,000
  • Profits: $9,616,000,000
  • Assets: $154,229,000,000
  • Employees: 78,500
  • Fortune 500 rank: 77
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22. Oracle

Oracle is an American technology company.

  • Revenues: $39,068,000,000
  • Profits: $10,135,000,000
  • Assets: $115,438,000,000
  • Employees: 135,000
  • Fortune 500 rank: 80
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21. Comcast

Comcast is a leading telecommunications company, providing internet, phone and TV services.

  • Revenues: $103,564,000,000
  • Profits: $10,534,000,000
  • Assets: $273,869,000,000
  • Employees: 168,000
  • Fortune 500 rank: 26
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20. Visa

Visa is a financial services and credit company.

  • Revenues: $21,846,000,000
  • Profits: $10,866,000,000
  • Assets: $80,919,000,0000
  • Employees: 20,500
  • Fortune 500 rank: 133
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19. Morgan Stanley

Morgan Stanley is a global financial institution.

  • Revenues: $52,047,000,000
  • Profits: $10,996,000,000
  • Assets: $1,115,862,000,000
  • Employees: 68,097
  • Fortune 500 rank: 61
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18. Citigroup

Citigroup is a financial services and banking institution.

  • Revenues: $88,839,000,000
  • Profits: $11,047,000,000
  • Assets: $2,260,090,000,000
  • Employees: 210,153
  • Fortune 500 rank: 33

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17. Cisco Systems

Cisco is one of the leading internet networking companies, founded by computer scientists from Stanford in 1984.

  • Revenues: $49,301,000,000
  • Profits: $11,214,000,000
  • Assets: $94,853,000,000
  • Employees: 77,500
  • Fortune 500 rank: 63

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16. Fannie Mae

Fannie Mae is the nickname for the Federal National Mortgage Association, which provides mortgage financing.

  • Revenues: $106,437,000,000
  • Profits: $11,805,000,000
  • Assets: $3,985,749,000,000
  • Employees: 7,700
  • Fortune 500 rank: 25

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15. Home Depot

Home Depot is a home improvement and home goods retailer.

  • Revenues: $132,110,000,000
  • Profits: $12,866,000,000
  • Assets: $70,581,000,000
  • Employees: 504,800
  • Fortune 500 rank: 18

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14. Procter & Gamble

Procter & Gamble is a leading retailer of such household products as dishwashing liquid, diapers, toothpaste and much more.

  • Revenues: $70,950,000,000
  • Profits: $13,027,000,000
  • Assets: $120,700,000,000
  • Employees: 99,000
  • Fortune 500 rank: 43
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13. Walmart

Walmart is the largest retailer in the world, according to its website.

  • Revenues: $559,151,000,000
  • Profits: $13,510,000,000
  • Assets: $252,496,000,000
  • Employees: 2,300,000
  • Fortune 500 rank: 1

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12. Johnson & Johnson

Johnson & Johnson is an American healthcare company that makes a variety of products and services, including one of the COVID-19 vaccines.

  • Revenues: $82,584,000,000
  • Profits: $14,714,000,000
  • Assets: $174,894,000,000
  • Employees: 134,500
  • Fortune 500 rank: 36
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11. UnitedHealth Group

United Health Group is an American health insurance company.

  • Revenues: $257,141,000,000
  • Profits: $15,403,000,000
  • Assets: $197,289,000,000
  • Employees: 330,000
  • Fortune 500 rank: 5
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10. Verizon Communications

Verizon is an American wireless network operator.

  • Revenues: $128,292,000,000
  • Profits: $17,801,000,000
  • Assets: $316,481,000,000
  • Employees: 132,200
  • Fortune 500 rank: 20
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9. Bank of America

Bank of America is a banking and investing company.

  • Revenues: $93,753,000,000
  • Profits: $17,894,000,000
  • Assets: $2,819,627,000,000
  • Employees: 212,505
  • Fortune 500 rank: 29
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8. Intel

Intel is an American manufacturer of semiconductor circuits for computers.

  • Revenues: $77,867,000,000
  • Profits: $20,899,000,000
  • Assets: $153,091,000,000
  • Employees: 110,600
  • Fortune 500 rank: 40
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7. Amazon

Amazon.com is an online retailer that began selling only books and eventually branched out into almost any product one can imagine, making its founder, current executive chairman Jeff Bezos, the richest man in the world, as of July 2021, according to Forbes.

  • Revenues: $386,064,000,000
  • Profits: $21,331,000,000
  • Assets: $321,195,000,000
  • Employees: 1,298,000
  • Fortune 500 rank: 2

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6. JP Morgan Chase

JP Morgan Chase is a financial investment and holding company.

  • Revenues: $129,503,000,000
  • Profits: $29,131,000,000
  • Assets: $3,386,071,000,000
  • Employees: 255,351
  • Fortune 500 rank: 19
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5. Facebook

Facebook is a social media company founded by Mark Zuckerberg.

  • Revenues: $85,965,000,000
  • Profits: $29,146,000,000
  • Assets: $159,316,000,000
  • Employees: 58,604
  • Fortune 500 rank: 34
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4. Alphabet

Alphabet is a collection of companies that most notably owns Google, the search engine, software and technology company.

  • Revenues: $182,527,000,000
  • Profits: $40,269,000,000
  • Assets: $319,616,000,000
  • Employees: 135,301
  • Fortune 500 rank: 9

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3. Berkshire Hathaway

Berkshire Hathaway is a financial holding company run by chair and CEO Warren Buffet.

  • Revenues: $245,510,000,000
  • Profits: $42,521,000,000
  • Assets: $873,729,000,000
  • Employees: 360,000
  • Fortune 500 rank: 6
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2. Microsoft

Microsoft is a technology company that produces software for personal and business use.

  • Revenues: $143,015,000,000
  • Profits: $44,281,000,000
  • Assets: $301,311,000,000
  • Employees: 163,000
  • Fortune 500 rank: 15
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1. Apple

Apple barely needs any explanation — the popular company designs smartphones, watches, personal computers, tablets and much more.

  • Revenues: $274,515,000,000
  • Profits: $57,411,000,000
  • Assets: $323,888,000,000
  • Employees: 147,000
  • Fortune 500 rank: 3

    Methodology: GOBankingRates looked at the Fortune 500 companies for 2021 and found the 25 companies with the most (1) total profits. For the 25 most profitable companies GOBankingRates also found: (2) total revenues; (3) total assets; (4) total employees; (5) the companies current rank on the 2021 list. All data was collected and is up to date as of Aug. 25, 2021.