Wondering what companies made the most money in 2009? Look no further than your car’s gas tank. Companies involved in the oil business dominate the list of the most successful worldwide businesses of 2009. And if you’re looking for those companies that suffered the biggest losses after the economic crisis of 2009, you’d do well to focus your attention on the housing and auto industries. The list of the top-10 biggest losers of the year is dominated by companies working in these businesses. The names of the biggest winners and losers of 2009 shouldn’t be much of a shock to anyone who followed the news coverage of the country’s continuing economic slump. For instance, the biggest loser of 2009 was insurance giant AIG, which posted a loss of more than $99 billion dollars in 2009. AIG had reported a healthy profit, of $9.3 billion, as recently as 2007. The insurance company, though, was at the forefront of the country’s economic crash, and received loads of bad press as it relied on a huge government bailout to stay afloat.
Some cars are just so good they just keep selling and selling over the decades. Here we’ll look at the best selling cars of all time, including American made, European made and Japanese made.
American Made Cars
American car manufacturers build cars to last, and the top 10 are no exception. Starting at the bottom of the list, the Buick LeSabre sold 6 million models between 1959 and 2005. Just above the LeSabre is the Ford Taurus, which sold even more cars in a shorter period of time: 7.4 million from 1986 to today.
The cost of your vehicle may not end up being the most expensive cost you have. Depending on what kind of car you drive, fuel may end up costing nearly as much as the car! Here’s a look at some of the best and worst cars in terms of cost of fuel.
These costs are annual, and based on a driver traveling 15,000 miles a year (55% in the city and 45% on a highway). It also assumes that gas costs $2.67 per gallon.
Where in the world are the most profitable companies and exactly how much money are they raking in? In 2008, the most profitable public company on the planet made enough profits to give every American citizen $146.81. Those same profits could have bought each child on the planet $45 worth of holiday gifts. However, that didn’t happen and for most of the top companies, profits in 2009 will not come anywhere close to that level.