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722 Largest Companies in the World “Making $1 Trillion in Windfall Profits”



722 Largest Companies in the World Making $1 Trillion in Windfall Profits

According to research conducted by development charities, the 722 largest companies in the world collectively earn more than $1 trillion (£780 billion) in windfall profits as a result of rising interest rates and skyrocketing energy costs.

According to Oxfam and ActionAid’s analysis of Forbes magazine data, the companies made $1.08 trillion in this way in 2021 and $1.09 trillion in the previous year. The total profits were 89% higher than the average of the previous four years, from 2017 to 2020.

Windfall profits are those that are more than 10% higher than the average profits of the previous four years.

The highest windfall profits were recorded by the energy industry. The study found that in 2021 and 2022, the 45 energy companies on Forbes’ list of the 2,000 largest companies made an average of $237 billion in windfall profits.

The flood in energy benefits has prompted the formation of a sum of 96 energy extremely rich people with a joined abundance of almost $432bn – about $50bn more than in April last year.

During a cost-of-living crisis in which more than a quarter of a billion people in 58 countries experienced acute food insecurity in 2022, numerous food and beverage corporations, banks, pharmaceutical companies, and retailers also reported a surge in profits.

Accusations of “greedflation,” in which excessive price increases are pushed through and inflation is pushed up, have been fueled by those profits.

The study concluded:

In 2021 and 2022, 18 food and beverage companies generated annual windfall profits totaling approximately $14 billion. In 2022, food prices worldwide increased by more than 14%.
28 drug organizations made on normal $47bn a year in bonus benefits, and 42 significant retailers and general stores made on normal $28bn.
Windfall profits totaling $8 billion averaged out for nine aerospace and defense companies.

Katy Chakrabortty, Oxfam’s head of advocacy, said “These eye-watering excess profits are not only immoral, We are also seeing increasing evidence that a corporate bonanza is supercharging inflation, leaving millions of people in the UK and around the world struggling to pay their bills and feed their families.

“When the windfall profits of 18 food and beverage corporations are more than twice the amount needed to cover the shortfall in life-saving assistance to tens of millions of people facing hunger in east Africa, it is clear governments need to act.

“We need to see windfall taxes introduced across the board and an end to this racket, where rich shareholders are rewarded at the expense of everyone else.”

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