Moscow: Russian energy giant Gazprom overtook US-based energy major ExxonMobil in 2011 to become the world's most profitable company, according to the latest edition of Forbes magazine.
Gazprom netted $44.46 billion in profits last year, compared to $41.6 billion generated by ExxonMobil, which was the world's most profitable company in 2010.
The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China ranked third in Forbes' ratings with $32.2 billion in profits.
Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller told the company's annual meeting of shareholders in June that the Russian energy giant was the world's leader in revenue for the second consecutive year and was second in output among all global oil and gas companies.
Forbes previously published a list of the world's 25 largest oil and gas companies in 2012, in which Gazprom ranked second only to Saudi Arabia's Aramco.
Gazprom reported a 35 percent year-on-year increase in its 2011 net profit to $44.6 billion. Gazprom's natural gas output grew by 0.9 percent in 2011 to 513.2 billion cubic metres, and its exports to Europe rose by 8.2 percent to 150 billion cubic metres.