The 20 Companies With The Most Profit Per Employee

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Profit per worker on the Fortune Global 500

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It’s a measure where Apple blows every other company out of the water. The tech giant makes $1,444 in net income per second – about $700 higher than its closest competition, which include banks, conglomerates, and other tech companies.

While Apple may dominate when seconds are used as the denominator, how does it do when looking at profit per employee instead?

20 Companies With The Most Profit Per Employee

Profit Per Employee

Expert Market crunched the numbers on the 100 most profitable companies on the Fortune Global 500 list.

By comparing profits to employees, they came up with a list of the 20 most profitable companies on a per person basis.

Ranking Company Country Profit per Employee
1 Fannie Mae US $1,759,000
2 Gilead Sciences US $1,500,111
3 Freddie Mac US $1,306,419
4 Facebook US $599,307
5 National Grid UK $458,639
6 Amgen US $402,187
7 Apple US $393,853
8 Alphabet US $270,329
9 Taiwan Semiconductor Taiwan $218,951
10 Goldman Sachs US $215,058
11 AbbVie US $198,433
12 SoftBank Group Japan $192,442
13 Qualcomm US $187,049
14 Tencent Holdings China $159,533
15 Westpac Banking Australia $155,244
16 SPD Bank China $151,287
17 Commonwealth Bank Australia $148,749
18 Microsoft US $147,351
19 Cisco Systems US $145,712
20 Industrial Bank China $144,141

While Apple makes a solid $393,853 in profit for each employee, the company only ranks #7 on the list.

It gets outperformed by one tech company (Facebook, at $599,307 per employee), as well as a combination of companies from the financial, utilities, and biotech sectors.

State Sponsored Profits

On the list, perhaps the most surprising entries are Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. These two U.S. government-sponsored enterprises, which both buy and repackage bank mortgages for the secondary market, were a part of the largest federal bailout in history ($187 billion) during the financial crisis in 2008.

At the time, they were highly criticized for creating an environment of “moral hazard”. As Investopedia puts it:

Quasi-government agencies such as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac offered implicit support to lenders underwriting real estate loans.


Despite this one-time catastrophe, the two organizations are very profitable today – so profitable, in fact, that they rank #1 and #3 on the above list.

Last year, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac brought in $12.3 billion and $7.8 billion in profit respectively. And on a per capita basis, that equates to $1.76 million and $1.5 million per employee.

Article by Jeff Desjardins, Visual Capitalist

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