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 $30 Billion in "real" (i.e. CPI adjusted) value. Note that some record earning may be caused by nonrecurring revenue, like Vodafone in 2014 (disposal of its interest in Verizon Wireless)[1] or Fannie Mae in 2013 (benefit for federal income taxes).[2]

# Company Industry Country Year Report Date Earnings (Billion) USD "Real" Earnings (Billion)
1 Vodafone Telecommunications  United Kingdom 2014 31 March 2014 £59.42[1] $100.01
2 Fannie Mae Government-sponsored enterprise
Public company
 United States 2013 31 December 2013 $83.98[2] $86.35
3 Apple Consumer electronics  United States 2015 26 September 2015 $53.4[3] $53.95
4 ExxonMobil Oil and gas  United States 2008 31 December 2008 $45.22[4] $50.30
5 Apple Consumer electronics  United States 2016 24 September 2016 $45.7[5] $45.70
6 ExxonMobil Oil and gas  United States 2006 31 December 2006 $39.5[4] $46.93
7 ExxonMobil Oil and gas  United States 2007 31 December 2007 $40.61[4] $46.91
8 Industrial & Commercial Bank of China Banking  China 2014 31 December 2014 RMB 276.286[6] $45.42
9 ExxonMobil Oil and gas  United States 2005 31 December 2005 $36.13[7] $44.31
10 Industrial & Commercial Bank of China Banking  China 2013 31 December 2013 RMB 262.7 $44.18
11 ExxonMobil Oil and gas  United States 2011 31 December 2011 $41.06[8] $43.71
12 Apple Consumer electronics  United States 2012 29 September 2012 $41.73 [9] $43.53
13 Industrial & Commercial Bank of China Banking  China 2015 31 December 2015 RMB 277.720[6] $43.23
14 Gazprom Oil and gas  Russia 2012 31 December 2012 RUB 1,224.5 $41.91
15 Nestlé Food processing   Switzerland 2010 31 December 2010 $37.88[10] $41.60
16 Apple Consumer electronics  United States 2014 27 September 2014 $39.51 [11] $39.97
17 Industrial & Commercial Bank of China Banking  China 2012 31 December 2012 RMB 238.7[12] $39.42
18 Apple Consumer electronics  United States 2013 29 September 2013 $37.04 $38.08
19 China Construction Bank Banking  China 2014 31 December 2014 RMB 228.247[13] $37.52
20 Royal Dutch Shell Oil and gas  Netherlands  UK 2007 31 December 2007 $31.33[14] $36.19
21 China Construction Bank Banking  China 2013 31 December 2013 RMB 214.65 $36.10
22 Gazprom Oil and gas  Russia 2013 31 December 2013 RUB 1,139.2 $35.71
23 China Construction Bank Banking  China 2015 31 December 2015 RMB 228.886[13] $35.63
24 Industrial & Commercial Bank of China Banking  China 2011 31 December 2011 RMB 208.27[15] $34.84
25 ExxonMobil Oil and gas  United States 2010 31 December 2010 $31.40[4] $34.49
26 ExxonMobil Oil and gas  United States 2003 31 December 2013 $32.58 $33.50
27 Royal Dutch Shell Oil and gas  Netherlands  UK 2011 31 December 2011 $31.19[16] $33.21
28 Gazprom Oil and gas  Russia 2011 31 December 2011 RUB 1,000.9[17] $33.07
29 Ford Motor Company Automotive  United States 1998 31 December 1998 $22.07[18] $32.43
30 ExxonMobil Oil and gas  United States 2004 31 December 2004 $25.33[7] $32.12
31 China Construction Bank Banking  China 2012 31 December 2012 RMB 193.179[19] $31.90
32 Royal Dutch Shell Oil and gas  Netherlands  UK 2005 31 December 2005 $25.31[14] $31.04
33 Royal Dutch Shell Oil and gas  Netherlands  UK 2006 31 December 2006 $25.44[14] $30.22

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[20] USD Equivalent Loss (Billion) USD Inflation to June 2011[21] USD Real Loss (Billion)
1 AOL Time Warner Media conglomerate  United States 2002 31 December 2002 $98.7[22] 1 $98.7 24.78% $123.16
2 American International Group (AIG) Insurance
Financial services
 United States 2008 31 December 2008 $99.3[23] 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[24] 1 $56.1 27.74% $71.66
5 Fannie Mae Government-sponsored enterprise
Public company
 United States 2008 31 December 2008 $59.8[25] 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[26] 1 $35.9 24.78% $44.8
8 General Motors Automotive  United States 2007 31 December 2007 $38.7[27] 1 $38.7 7.47% $41.59
9 Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) Finance and insurance  United Kingdom 2008 31 December 2008 £24.1[28] 1.4479 $34.9 7.37% $37.47
10 General Motors Automotive  United States 1992 31 December 1992 $23.50[29] 1 $23.50 59.07% $37.38
11 General Motors Automotive  United States 2008 31 December 2008 $30.9[27] 1 $30.9 7.37% $33.18
12 Citigroup Banking
Financial services
 United States 2008 31 December 2008 $27.68[30] 1 $27.68 7.37% $29.72
13 Vodafone Group Telecommunications  United Kingdom 2006 31 March 2006 £14.853[31] 1.7398 $25.84 12.97% $29.19
14 Freddie Mac Credit services  United States 2009 31 December 2009 $25.7[32] 1 $25.7 4.53% $26.86
15 Vodafone Group Telecommunications  United Kingdom 2002 31 March 2002 £13.539[33] 1.4262 $19.309 26.24% $24.38
16 United Airlines Airline  United States 2005 31 December 2005 $21.18[34] 1 $21.18 14.7% $24.29
17 Nakheel Real Estate Developer  United Arab Emirates 2009 31 December 2009 $20.85[35] 1 $20.85 4.53% $21.79
18 UBS Banking
Financial services
  Switzerland 2008 31 December 2008 CHF19.7[36] 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 Fannie Mae Government-sponsored enterprise
Public company
 United States 2013 1Q 9 May 2013 $58.7[37] 0% $58.7
2 Apple Consumer electronics  United States 2016 1Q 26 January 2016 $18.4[38] 0% $18.4
3 Apple Consumer electronics  United States 2015 1Q 27 January 2015 $18.04[39] 0% $18.04
4 Apple Consumer electronics  United States 2017 1Q 31 January 2017 $17.89[40] 0% $17.89
5 Gazprom Oil and gas  Russia 2011 1Q 30 August 2011 $16.24 $16.24
6 Royal Dutch Shell Oil and gas  Netherlands  UK 2008 2Q 30 June 2008 $15.68 3.16% $16.18
7 ExxonMobil Oil and gas  United States 2008 3Q 30 September 2008 $14.8 3.17% $15.27
8 Apple Consumer electronics  United States 2015 2Q 27 April 2015 $13.6 [41] 0% $13.60
9 Apple Consumer electronics  United States 2014 1Q 27 January 2014 $13.10 [42] 0% $13.10
10 Apple Consumer electronics  United States 2013 1Q 23 January 2013 $13.08 [43] 0% $13.08
11 Apple Consumer electronics  United States 2012 1Q 24 January 2012 $13.06 0% $13.06
12 ExxonMobil Oil and gas  United States 2007 4Q 31 December 2007 $11.66 7.47% $12.53
13 Apple Consumer electronics  United States 2012 2Q 24 April 2012 $11.6 0% $11.6
14 ExxonMobil Oil and gas  United States 2005 4Q 31 December 2005 $10.71 14.7% $12.28
15 ExxonMobil Oil and gas  United States 2008 2Q 30 June 2008 $11.68 3.16% $12.05
16 ExxonMobil Oil and gas  United States 2006 3Q 30 September 2006 $10.49 11.25% $11.67
17 ExxonMobil Oil and gas  United States 2006 2Q 30 June 2006 $10.36 11.25% $11.53
18 ExxonMobil Oil and gas  United States 2008 1Q 31 March 2008 $10.89 5.71% $11.51
19 ExxonMobil Oil and gas  United States 2006 4Q 31 December 2006 $10.25 11.85% $11.46
20 ExxonMobil Oil and gas  United States 2005 3Q 30 September 2005 $9.92 13.54% $11.26
21 Royal Dutch Shell Oil and gas  Netherlands  UK 2008 3Q 30 September 2008 $10.90 3.17% $11.25
22 ExxonMobil Oil and gas  United States 2007 2Q 30 June 2007 $10.26 8.34% $11.12
23 ExxonMobil Oil and gas  United States 2011 1Q 31 March 2011 $10.69 1.01% $10.8
24 ExxonMobil Oil and gas  United States 2011 2Q 30 June 2011 $10.68 0% $10.68
25 ExxonMobil Oil and gas  United States 2011 3Q 30 September 2011 $10.33 0% $10.33
26 BP Oil and gas
Alternative fuels
 United Kingdom 2008 3Q 30 September 2008 $10.0 3.17% $10.32
27 Apple Consumer electronics  United States 2014 2Q 23 April 2014 $10.2 [44] 0% $10.2
Apple Consumer electronics  United States 2016 2Q 26 April 2016 $10.5 0% $10.5

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[20] USD Equivalent Loss (Billion) USD Inflation to June 2011[21] USD Real Loss (Billion)
1 American International Group (AIG) Insurance
Financial services
 United States 2008 4Q 31 December 2008 $61.66[45] 1 $61.66 7.37% $66.2
2 Fannie Mae Government-sponsored enterprise
Public company
 United States 2009 1Q 31 March 2009 $58.7[25] 1 $58.7 6.12% $62.29
3 AOL Time Warner Media conglomerate  United States 2002 4Q 31 December 2002 $44.9[22] 1 $44.9 24.78% $56.03
4 Freddie Mac Credit services  United States 2009 1Q 31 March 2009 $50.8[32] 1 $50.8 6.12% $53.91
5 General Motors Automotive  United States 2007 3Q 30 September 2007 $42.5[46] 1 $42.5 8.27% $46.01
6 Fannie Mae Government-sponsored enterprise
Public company
 United States 2009 2Q 30 June 2009 $38.4[25] 1 $38.4 4.65% $40.19
7 Fannie Mae Government-sponsored enterprise
Public company
 United States 2009 3Q 30 September 2009 $19.8[25] 1 $19.8 4.52% $20.69
8 BP Oil and gas
Alternative fuels
 United Kingdom 2010 2Q 30 June 2010 $17.2[47] 1 $17.2 3.56% $17.81
9 Time Warner Media conglomerate  United States 2008 4Q 31 December 2008 $16.03[48] 1 $16.03 7.37% $17.21
10 Fannie Mae Government-sponsored enterprise
Public company
 United States 2009 4Q 31 December 2009 $16.3[25] 1 $16.3 4.53% $17.04
11 Fannie Mae Government-sponsored enterprise
Public company
 United States 2010 1Q 31 March 2010 $13.1[25] 1 $13.1 3.72% $13.59
12 UBS Banking
Financial services
  Switzerland 2007 4Q 31 December 2007 CHF12.5[49] 0.8884 $11.105 7.47% $11.93

See also[edit]

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