Ranking of the 50 most profitable companies worldwide 2018

In 2018, Saudi Aramco, the Saudi Arabian petroleum and natural gas company, was the most profitable company in the world by net income, with 110.97 billion U.S. dollars. Apple, the Industrial & Commercial Bank of China, Samsung Electronics, and China Construction Bank rounded out the top five spots in the ranking of most profitable companies.

What is net income?

Net income, or net profit, is the figure that gives the most complete overview of a company’s profitability: Net income accounts for all money that flows in and out of a company, and is calculated as the revenue of a company less all operating expenses, debt payments, interest paid, income from subsidiary holdings, taxes, etc. Different industries have different net profit margins, with corporations in the financial industry reporting about 380 billion U.S. dollars of profit in 2018.

The Apple doesn’t fall far

In terms of market value, Apple was the leading company in the world in 2018. Since the beginning of the new millennium, Apple has reported ever rising amounts of worldwide revenue, with iPhone sales leading the charge.

The leading companies in the world in 2018, by net income

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Release date

July 2019



Survey time period

fiscal year 2018

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