Top Earning Companies in the World

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This post was originally published in 2009 – back then offline businesses still led the way in terms of profits, but things have changed a lot in last few years as you will see if you check out: Top Earning Websites

Top 30 earning companies in the world

First Point To make…

Running a website instead of a traditional company can be a lot better in so many ways.

For example:

  • No physical products
  • No physical location
  • Can work from anywhere in the world
  • You don’t need customers
  • Can be automated
  • Outsource everything
  • The 9 – 5 doesn’t exist, this post was published while I was in bed!
  • You have no one barking orders at you.

With that in mind, the benefits of having a traditional business over a web business are second to none. When I compare the top earning company and the top earning website, the difference is clear! Wal-Mart are on course to earn $400,000,000,000 this year with profit under $14,000,000,000 compared to Googles $21,000,000,000 in 2008 with a profit of $4,200,000,000 – making Google more than 5 times more profitable!

Wal-Mart Stores Earn $12,011.64 a Second!

Rank Company Industry Founders Revenue Per Year Revenue Per Second
1 Wal-Mart Stores General Merchandisers Sam Walton $378,799,000,000 $12,011.64
2 Exxon Mobil Petroleum Refining John D. Rockefeller $372,824,000,000 $11,822.17
3 Royal Dutch Shell Petroleum Refining Jean Baptiste August Kessler $355,782,000,000 $11,281.77
4 BP Petroleum Refining T. Boone Pickens $291,438,000,000 $9,241.44
5 Toyota Motor Motor Vehicles and Parts Kiichiro Toyoda $230,201,000,000 $7,299.63
6 Chevron Petroleum Refining Lyman Stewar $210,783,000,000 $6,683.89
7 ING Group Banks: Commercial and Savings Jan Hommen $201,516,000,000 $6,390.03
8 Total Petroleum Refining Ernest Mercier $187,280,000,000 $5,938.61
9 General Motors Motor Vehicles and Parts William C. Durant $182,347,000,000 $5,782.19
10 ConocoPhillips Petroleum Refining Frank and L.E. Phillips $178,558,000,000 $5,662.04
11 Daimler Motor Vehicles and Parts Gottlieb Daimler. $177,167,000,000 $5,617.93
12 General Electric Diversified Financials Thomas Edison $176,656,000,000 $5,601.73
13 Ford Motor Motor Vehicles and Parts Henry Ford $172,468,000,000 $5,468.92
14 Fortis Banks: Commercial and Savings Kira Bruno $164,877,000,000 $5,228.22
15 AXA Insurance: Life, Health (stock) Claude Bébéar $162,762,000,000 $5,161.15
16 Sinopec Petroleum Refining Su Shulin $159,260,000,000 $5,050.10
17 Citigroup Banks: Commercial and Savings Bill Smith $159,229,000,000 $5,049.12
18 Volkswagen Motor Vehicles and Parts Ferdinand Porsche $149,054,000,000 $4,726.47
19 Dexia Group Banks: Commercial and Savings Michael Wilson $147,648,000,000 $4,681.89
20 HSBC Holdings Banks: Commercial and Savings Thomas Sutherland $146,500,000,000 $4,645.49
21 BNP Paribas Banks: Commercial and Savings Louis Pasteu $140,726,000,000 $4,462.39
22 Allianz Insurance: Property and Casualty Henning Schulte-Noelle $140,618,000,000 $4,458.97
23 Crédit Agricole Banks: Commercial and Savings Henri Germain $138,155,000,000 $4,380.87
24 State Grid Utilities Liu Zhenya $132,885,000,000 $4,213.76
25 China National Petroleum Petroleum Refining Chinese National Government $129,798,000,000 $4,115.87
26 Deutsche Bank Banks: Commercial and Savings Georg Siemens $122,644,000,000 $3,889.02
27 ENI Petroleum Refining Tully Ryan $120,565,000,000 $3,823.09
28 Bank of America Corp. Banks: Commercial and Savings Madeo Giannini $119,190,000,000 $3,779.49
29 AT&T Telecommunications Alexander Graham Bell $118,928,000,000 $3,771.18
30 Berkshire Hathaway Insurance: Property and Casualty (stock) Oliver Chace $118,245,000,000 $3,749.52

Which would you prefer a top earning website or a top earning company?

Read more: ‘Top 30 Website Sales Of All Time’

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