List of largest corporate profits and losses

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This page lists the largest annual and quarterly earnings and losses in corporate history. In general terms the oil and gas industry is the one generating both largest annual and quarterly earnings. In contrast, both the annual and quarterly losses are more distributed across industries. Telecommunications and financial services, however, are represented quite often on the lists of largest losses.


Largest Corporate Annual Earnings of All Time[edit]

This list has all global annual earnings of all time, limited to earnings of more than $20 Billion in "real" (i.e. CPI adjusted) value (December 2012).

# Company Industry Country Year Report Date Earnings (Billion) USD Inflation to December 2012[1] USD "Real" Earnings (Billion)
1 ExxonMobil Oil and gas  United States 2008 31 December 2008 $45.22[2] 9.40% $49.50
2 ExxonMobil Oil and gas  United States 2006 31 December 2006 $39.5[2] 13.95% $45.01
3 ExxonMobil Oil and gas  United States 2007 31 December 2007 $40.61[2] 9.50% $44.47
4 ExxonMobil Oil and gas  United States 2005 31 December 2005 $36.13[3] 16.85% $42.22
5 ExxonMobil Oil and gas  United States 2011 31 December 2011 $41.06[4] 1.90% $41.84
6 Apple Consumer electronics  United States 2012 29 September 2012 $41.73 [5] -0.63% $41.47
- Industrial & Commercial Bank of China Banking  China 2012 31 December 2012 RMB 238.7[6] - $38.07
7 Nestlé Food processing   Switzerland 2010 31 December 2010 $37.88[7] 4.92% $39.74
8 Royal Dutch Shell Oil and gas  Netherlands  UK 2007 31 December 2007 $31.33[8] 9.50% $34.31
9 Industrial & Commercial Bank of China Banking  China 2011 31 December 2011 RMB 208.27[9] 1.90% $33.34
10 ExxonMobil Oil and gas  United States 2010 31 December 2010 $31.40[2] 4.92% $32.95
11 Royal Dutch Shell Oil and gas  Netherlands  UK 2011 31 December 2011 $31.19[10] 1.90% $31.78
12 Gazprom Oil and gas  Russia 2011 31 December 2011 RUB 1,000.9[11] 1.90% $31.65
13 Ford Motor Company Automotive  United States 1998 31 December 1998 $22.07[12] 40.03% $30.96
14 ExxonMobil Oil and gas  United States 2004 31 December 2004 $25.33[3] 20.84% $30.61
- China Construction Bank Banking  China 2012 31 December 2012 RMB 193.18[13] - $31.1
15 Royal Dutch Shell Oil and gas  Netherlands  UK 2005 31 December 2005 $25.31[8] 16.85% $29.57
16 Royal Dutch Shell Oil and gas  Netherlands  UK 2006 31 December 2006 $25.44[8] 13.95% $28.99
17 Royal Dutch Shell Oil and gas  Netherlands  UK 2008 31 December 2008 $26.28[8] 9.40% $28.75
- Volkswagen Automotive  Germany 2012 31 December 2012 $28.6[14] - $28.6
18 Citigroup Banking  United States 2005 31 December 2005 $24.59[15] 16.85% $28.73
19 Chevron Oil and gas  United States 2011 31 December 2011 $26.90[16] 1.90% $27.41
20 China Construction Bank Banking  China 2011 31 December 2011 RMB 169.26[17] 1.90% $27.10
21 ExxonMobil Oil and gas  United States 2003 31 December 2003 $21.51[3] 24.77% $26.83
22 Royal Dutch Shell Oil and gas  Netherlands  UK 2012 31 December 2012 $26.59[8] $26.59
23 Gazprom Oil and gas  Russia 2010 31 December 2010 RUB 771.2[11] 4.92% $26.50
24 BP Oil and gas  United Kingdom 2005 31 December 2005 $22.63[18] 16.85% $26.44
25 Chevron Oil and gas  United States 2012 31 December 2012 $26.34[19] $26.34
26 Apple Consumer electronics  United States 2011 26 October 2011 $25.92[20] 1.56% $26.32
27 BP Oil and gas  United Kingdom 2011 31 December 2011 $25.70[21] 1.90% $26.18
28 Chevron Oil and gas  United States 2008 31 December 2008 $23.93[22] 9.40% $26.18
29 United Airlines Airline  United States 2006 31 December 2006 $22.88[23] 13.95% $26.07
30 BP Oil and gas  United Kingdom 2006 31 December 2006 $22.60[24] 13.95% $25.75
31 Industrial & Commercial Bank of China Banking  China 2010 31 December 2010 $24.40[25] 4.92% $25.60
32 Citigroup Banking  United States 2006 31 December 2006 $21.54[15] 13.95% $24.54
33 General Electric Conglomerate  United States 2007 31 December 2007 $22.21[26] 9.50% $24.32
34 BHP Billiton Mining  United Kingdom  Australia 2011 31 December 2011 $23.65[27] 1.90% $24.10
35 Bank of America Banking  United States 2006 31 December 2006 $21.13[28] 13.95% $24.08
36 Gazprom Oil and gas  Russia 2006 31 December 2006 RUB 552.4[29] 13.95% $23.91
37 BP Oil and gas  United Kingdom 2008 31 December 2008 $21.67[24] 9.40% $23.71
38 General Electric Conglomerate  United States 2006 31 December 2006 $20.74[26] 13.95% $23.63
39 Microsoft Software  United States 2011 31 June 2011 $23.15[30] 1.87% $23.58
40 ExxonMobil Oil and gas  United States 2000 31 December 2000 $17.7[31] 32.16% $23.39
41 Vale Mining  Brazil 2011 31 December 2011 $22.89[32] 1.90% $23.32
42 BP Oil and gas  United Kingdom 2007 31 December 2007 $21.17[24] 9.50% $23.18
43 Royal Dutch Shell Oil and gas  Netherlands  UK 2004 31 December 2004 $18.54[8] 20.84% $22.40
44 Gazprom Oil and gas  Russia 2009 31 December 2009 RUB 634.1[11] 6.49% $22.30
45 Citigroup Banking  United States 2003 31 December 2003 $17.85[15] 24.77% $22.28
46 Samsung Conglomerate  Republic of Korea 2010 2010 $21.2[33] 4.92% $22.24
47 Petrochina Oil and gas  China 2010 31 December 2010 RMB 139.99[34] 4.92% $22.21
48 Gazprom Oil and gas  Russia 2007 31 December 2007 RUB 492.7[29] 9.50% $22.01
49 Royal Dutch Shell Oil and gas  Netherlands  UK 2010 31 December 2010 $20.47[35] 4.92% $21.48
50 China Construction Bank Banking  China 2010 31 December 2010 RMB 134.84[17] 4.92% $21.40
51 Petrochina Oil and gas  China 2011 31 December 2011 RMB 132.96[34] 1.90% $21.29
52 Total S.A. Oil and gas  France 2007 31 December 2007 EUR 13.18[36] 9.50% $21.24
53 Petrobras Oil and gas  Brazil 2010 31 December 2010 $20.06[37] 4.92% $21.04
54 BP Oil and gas  United Kingdom 2004 31 December 2004 $17.26[38] 20.84% $20.86
55 AT&T Telecommunications  US 2010 31 December 2010 $19.86>[39] 4.92% $20.84
56 Petrobras Oil and gas  Brazil 2008 31 December 2008 $18.88[37] 9.4% $20.65
57 Ford Motor Company Automotive  United States 2011 31 December 2011 $20.22[40] 1.90% $20.60
58 Citigroup Banking  United States 2004 31 December 2004 $17.05[15] 20.84% $20.60
59 Petrobras Oil and gas  Brazil 2011 31 December 2011 $20.12[37] 1.9% $20.50
60 Volkswagen Group Automotive  Germany 2011 31 December 2011 €15.41[41] 1.90% $20.33
61 China Mobile Telecommunications  China 2011 31 December 2011 RMB 125.87[42] 1.90% $20.15

Largest Corporate Annual Losses of All Time[edit]

This list has all global annual losses of all time, limited to losses of more than $20 Billion in real value (June 2011).

# Company Industry Country Year Report Date Nominal Loss (Billion) USD FX Rate at Period End[43] USD Equivalent Loss (Billion) USD Inflation to June 2011[1] USD Real Loss (Billion)
1 AOL Time Warner Media conglomerate  United States 2002 31 December 2002 $98.7[44] 1 $98.7 24.78% $123.16
2 American International Group (AIG) Insurance
Financial services
 United States 2008 31 December 2008 $99.3[45] 1 $99.3 7.37% $106.62
3 Fannie Mae Government-sponsored enterprise
Public company
 United States 2009 31 December 2009 $74.4 1 $74.4 4.53% $77.77
4 JDS Uniphase Optical products and broadband communications  United States 2001 31 December 2001 $56.1[46] 1 $56.1 27.74% $71.66
5 Fannie Mae Government-sponsored enterprise
Public company
 United States 2008 31 December 2008 $59.8[47] 1 $59.8 7.37% $64.21
6 Freddie Mac Credit services  United States 2008 31 December 2008 $50.8 1 $50.8 7.37% $54.54
7 Qwest Communications Telecommunications  United States 2002 31 December 2002 $35.9[48] 1 $35.9 24.78% $44.8
8 General Motors Automotive  United States 2007 31 December 2007 $38.7[49] 1 $38.7 7.47% $41.59
9 Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) Finance and insurance  United Kingdom 2008 31 December 2008 £24.1[50] 1.4479 $34.9 7.37% $37.47
10 General Motors Automotive  United States 1992 31 December 1992 $23.50[51] 1 $23.50 59.07% $37.38
11 General Motors Automotive  United States 2008 31 December 2008 $30.9[49] 1 $30.9 7.37% $33.18
12 Citigroup Banking
Financial services
 United States 2008 31 December 2008 $27.68[52] 1 $27.68 7.37% $29.72
13 Vodafone Group Telecommunications  United Kingdom 2006 31 March 2006 £14.853[53] 1.7398 $25.84 12.97% $29.19
14 Freddie Mac Credit services  United States 2009 31 December 2009 $25.7[54] 1 $25.7 4.53% $26.86
15 Vodafone Group Telecommunications  United Kingdom 2002 31 March 2002 £13.539[55] 1.4262 $19.309 26.24% $24.38
16 United Airlines Airline  United States 2005 31 December 2005 $21.18[56] 1 $21.18 14.7% $24.29
17 Nakheel Real Estate Developer  United Arab Emirates 2009 31 December 2009 $20.85[57] 1 $20.85 4.53% $21.79
18 UBS Banking
Financial services
  Switzerland 2008 31 December 2008 CHF19.7[58] 0.9473 $18.7 7.37% $20.08

Largest Corporate Quarterly Earnings of All Time[edit]

This list has all global quarterly earnings of all time, limited to earnings of more than $10 Billion in real value (June 2011).

# Company Industry Country Year Fiscal Quarter Report Date Earnings (Billion) USD Inflation to June 2011 USD Real Earnings (Billion)
1 Gazprom Oil and gas  Russia 2011 1Q 30 August 2011 $16.24 $16.24
2 Royal Dutch Shell Oil and gas  Netherlands  UK 2008 2Q 30 June 2008 $15.68 3.16% $16.18
3 ExxonMobil Oil and gas  United States 2008 3Q 30 September 2008 $14.8 3.17% $15.27
4 Apple Consumer electronics  United States 2014 1Q 27 January 2014 $13.10 [59] 0% $13.10
5 Apple Consumer electronics  United States 2013 1Q 23 January 2013 $13.08 [60] 0% $13.08
6 Apple Consumer electronics  United States 2012 1Q 24 January 2012 $13.06 0% $13.06
7 ExxonMobil Oil and gas  United States 2007 4Q 31 December 2007 $11.66 7.47% $12.53
8 Apple Consumer electronics  United States 2012 2Q 24 April 2012 $11.6 0% $11.6
9 ExxonMobil Oil and gas  United States 2005 4Q 31 December 2005 $10.71 14.7% $12.28
10 ExxonMobil Oil and gas  United States 2008 2Q 30 June 2008 $11.68 3.16% $12.05
11 ExxonMobil Oil and gas  United States 2006 3Q 30 September 2006 $10.49 11.25% $11.67
12 ExxonMobil Oil and gas  United States 2006 2Q 30 June 2006 $10.36 11.25% $11.53
13 ExxonMobil Oil and gas  United States 2008 1Q 31 March 2008 $10.89 5.71% $11.51
14 ExxonMobil Oil and gas  United States 2006 4Q 31 December 2006 $10.25 11.85% $11.46
15 ExxonMobil Oil and gas  United States 2005 3Q 30 September 2005 $9.92 13.54% $11.26
16 Royal Dutch Shell Oil and gas  Netherlands  UK 2008 3Q 30 September 2008 $10.90 3.17% $11.25
17 ExxonMobil Oil and gas  United States 2007 2Q 30 June 2007 $10.26 8.34% $11.12
18 ExxonMobil Oil and gas  United States 2011 1Q 31 March 2011 $10.69 1.01% $10.8
19 ExxonMobil Oil and gas  United States 2011 2Q 30 June 2011 $10.68 0% $10.68
20 ExxonMobil Oil and gas  United States 2011 3Q 30 September 2011 $10.33 0% $10.33
21 BP Oil and gas
Alternative fuels
 United Kingdom 2008 3Q 30 September 2008 $10.0 3.17% $10.32
22 Apple Consumer electronics  United States 2014 2Q 23 April 2014 $10.2 [61] 0% $10.2
23 ExxonMobil Oil and gas  United States 2007 3Q 30 September 2007 $9.41 8.27% $10.19

Largest Corporate Quarterly Losses of All Time[edit]

This list has all global quarterly losses of all time, limited to losses of more than $10 Billion in real value (June 2011).

# Company Industry Country Year Fiscal Quarter Report Date Nominal Loss (Billion) USD FX Rate at Period End[43] USD Equivalent Loss (Billion) USD Inflation to June 2011[1] USD Real Loss (Billion)
1 American International Group (AIG) Insurance
Financial services
 United States 2008 4Q 31 December 2008 $61.66[62] 1 $61.66 7.37% $66.2
2 Fannie Mae Government-sponsored enterprise
Public company
 United States 2009 1Q 31 March 2009 $58.7[47] 1 $58.7 6.12% $62.29
3 AOL Time Warner Media conglomerate  United States 2002 4Q 31 December 2002 $44.9[44] 1 $44.9 24.78% $56.03
4 Freddie Mac Credit services  United States 2009 1Q 31 March 2009 $50.8[54] 1 $50.8 6.12% $53.91
5 General Motors Automotive  United States 2007 3Q 30 September 2007 $42.5[63] 1 $42.5 8.27% $46.01
6 Fannie Mae Government-sponsored enterprise
Public company
 United States 2009 2Q 30 June 2009 $38.4[47] 1 $38.4 4.65% $40.19
7 Fannie Mae Government-sponsored enterprise
Public company
 United States 2009 3Q 30 September 2009 $19.8[47] 1 $19.8 4.52% $20.69
8 BP Oil and gas
Alternative fuels
 United Kingdom 2010 2Q 30 June 2010 $17.2[64] 1 $17.2 3.56% $17.81
9 Time Warner Media conglomerate  United States 2008 4Q 31 December 2008 $16.03[65] 1 $16.03 7.37% $17.21
10 Fannie Mae Government-sponsored enterprise
Public company
 United States 2009 4Q 31 December 2009 $16.3[47] 1 $16.3 4.53% $17.04
11 Fannie Mae Government-sponsored enterprise
Public company
 United States 2010 1Q 31 March 2010 $13.1[47] 1 $13.1 3.72% $13.59
12 UBS Banking
Financial services
  Switzerland 2007 4Q 31 December 2007 CHF12.5[66] 0.8884 $11.105 7.47% $11.93

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