18. Vodafone Group plc
> Net income from cont. operations: $17.7 billion
> Country: United Kingdom
> Industry: Wireless telecommunication services
> Revenue: $63.9 billion
European telecom company Vodafone announced at the beginning of this year it had completed the sale of its 45% share in Verizon Wireless to Verizon Communications. The sale was priced at roughly $130 billion, making the deal one of the largest in recent history. While the agreement substantially reduced Vodafone’s overall size, the move is expected to improve its growth potential, and the company is still among the most profitable worldwide by net income from continuing operations, at $17.7 billion last year. Including the Verizon Wireless deal, the company reported a net income of 59.4 billions pounds, or $98.8 billion, last year, the highest among all companies reviewed.