The 10 biggest companies of the Fortune 500

Courtesy of CVS Health

In this year’s ranking of the Fortune 500, Walmart (WMT) claims the top spot for the third consecutive year, CVS Health (CVS) debuts in the top 10, Facebook (FB) jumps nearly 100 spots to crack the top 250 in just its third year on the list, and there are 26 new companies, including Netflix (NFLX) and (CRM), which are making debuts.

For 2014, the Fortune 500 companies had revenues that equaled 71.9% of U.S. GDP—up from 58.4% two decades ago, and 35% in 1955, when the first list was published.

As the recovering economy picked up speed in 2014, revenue growth more than doubled. With a record cumulative total of $12.5 trillion in revenue for FY2014, America’s 500 largest corporations grew 2.6% over the previous year, twice the growth seen in post-recession 2013.

This year’s Fortune 500 generated a total of $944.5 billion in earnings, which are down 12.6% from last year’s record of $1.08 trillion, in large part because tumbling oil prices took a toll on the majority of the companies on the list. The hardest hit was the energy industry, which posted a cumulative loss of $2.8 billion.

But thanks to eager investors and surging stock markets, Wall Street was on a tear last year. Commercial banks were the most profitable industry in 2014, recording a cumulative $103.9 billion in earnings, beating out diversified financials, last year’s leader, which saw a 72% profit decrease, from $151 billion to $43 billion, owing to revenue and profit declines for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

For the year, the Fortune 500 saw a return-on-equity of 14.3%, above the historical norm of 12%, and the median 1-year total return was 15.3%, down from 38% in 2013.

The all-new digital edition of the Fortune 500 has more data than ever before, presented in an easy-to-use, sortable and filterable format that includes information about 1,000 companies. It’s the go-to database for big business.

For the top 10, see below.

1. Walmart Stores

Photo By Spencer Tirey

Fortune 500 rank: 1
Revenues (millions): $485,651
CEO: C. Douglas McMillon

2. Exxon Mobil

Fortune 500 rank: 2
Revenues (millions): $382,597
CEO: Rex W. Tillerson

3. Chevron

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Fortune 500 rank: 3
Revenues (millions): $203,784
CEO: John S. Watson

4. Berkshire Hathaway

Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett reacts after throwing in a newspaper throwing contest prior to the Berkshire annual meeting in Omaha, Nebraska May 2, 2015. REUTERS/Rick Wilking - RTX1B8NQ

Fortune 500 rank: 4
Revenues (millions): $194,673
CEO: Warren Buffett

5. Apple

Fortune 500 rank: 5
Revenues (millions): $182,795
CEO: Tim Cook

6. General Motors

Chevrolet Malibu aerodynamic engineer Suzy Cody tests a Malibu with a smoke wand at the General Motors wind tunnel in Warren, Michigan. (Photo by Steve Fecht for Chevrolet)

Fortune 500 rank: 6
Revenues (millions): $155,929
CEO: Mary Barra

7. Phillips 66

Fortune 500 rank: 7
Revenues (millions): $149,434
CEO: Greg C. Garland

8. General Electric

Fortune 500 rank: 8
Revenues (millions): $148,321
CEO: Jeff Immelt

9. Ford Motor

2015 Ford Motor Co. F150 trucks move through the inspection area on the production line at the company's Dearborn Truck Assembly facility in Dearborn, Michigan, U.S., on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. At Ford Motor Co.'s Rouge factory, where Henry Ford began building Model A cars almost 90 years ago, the automaker today officially began manufacturing an advanced, aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup, its top selling and most profitable model. Photographer: Jeff Kowalsky/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Fortune 500 rank: 9
Revenues (millions): $144,077
CEO: Mark Fields

10. CVS Health

Fortune 500 rank: 10
Revenues (millions): $139,367
CEO: Larry Merlo


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