Profit
per Second

The world’s biggest companies generate an incredible amount of money each year, with tech giants such as Apple posting annual profits of as much as $55 billion.

That’s more money than most of us will ever see in our lifetimes, so it can be difficult to get your head around the numbers and really visualise just how much the world’s biggest corporations are making.

Where it really hits home is when you see just how much money the world’s richest companies are making, not every year, but every day, hour and even second.

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The Most Profitable Companies

Apple is one of the world’s most profitable businesses, generating over $151 billion a day, which equates to $1,752 every single second.

To put that into context, the average weekly wage in the US currently stands at $1,237, meaning that the average American doesn’t even earn the same amount that Apple earns in a second after a full week at work.

The Most Profitable Sectors

We also looked at how the average profit per second breaks down for different sectors across the whole Fortune 500 list, with those in food and drink making the most, averaging $232 a second, over $13,000 a minute and over $20 million each day, followed by companies working in tech ($182 per second) and telecommunications ($152 per second).

Fellow tech giants Microsoft and Alphabet (the parent company of Google) also draw in more than a thousand dollars each second, which works out at around $100 million a day.

But at the other end of the scale, Uber Technologies (who trust Tipalti with their accounts payable automation software) made a huge loss of $8.5 billion, equating to $270 every second. Despite being the world’s largest ride-hailing app, Uber has famously never turned a profit.

Profitability of the Largest Companies

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Fellow tech giants Microsoft and Alphabet (the parent company of Google) also draw in more than a thousand dollars each second, which works out at around $100 million a day.

But at the other end of the scale, Uber Technologies (who trust Tipalti with their accounts payable automation software) made a huge loss of $8.5 billion, equating to $270 every second. Despite being the world’s largest ride-hailing app, Uber has famously never turned a profit.

The Most Profitable Sectors Ranked

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Methodology

Annual profit figures sourced from the 2020 Fortune 500. Note that we chose to focus on some of the best-known companies on the list, so the 50 shown aren’t necessarily the 50 most profitable companies in the country, although the analysis by sector does take into account all 500 companies on the list.