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In times like these, cash is king, and companies with a lot of it are set to succeed and poised to take advantage. Cash-laden companies are able to scoop up market share and increase revenues with the scarce capital it holds, whether it be through acquisitions or aggressive growth strategies via increased research and investment or updating and increasing production capabilities.

Here are the top 15 companies (along with their quotes, charts, and total cash positions) that have hoarded the most cash, in that order. Financials were excluded for obvious reasons (and that includes GE):

  1. Exxon Mobil - (NYSE:XOM), Chart, Total Cash: $32.007 Billion
  2. Cisco Systems - (NASDAQ:CSCO), Chart, Total Cash: $29.531 Billion
  3. Apple - (NASDAQ:AAPL), Chart, Total Cash: $25.647 Billion
  4. Berkshire Hathaway - (NYSE:BRK.A), Chart, Total Cash: $25.539 Billion
  5. Pfizer Inc - (NYSE:PFE), Chart, Total Cash: $23.731 Billion
  6. Toyota Motor - (NYSE:TM), Chart, Total Cash: $23.151 Billion
  7. Microsoft - (NASDAQ:MSFT), Chart, Total Cash: $20.298 Billion
  8. Google - (NASDAQ:GOOG), Chart, Total Cash: $15.846 Billion
  9. Royal Dutch Shell - (NYSE:RDS.A), Chart, Total Cash: $15.188 Billion
  10. Wyeth - (WYE), Chart, Total Cash: $14.54 Billion
  11. IBM - (NYSE:IBM), Chart, Total Cash: $12.907 Billion
  12. Johnson & Johnson - (NYSE:JNJ), Chart, Total Cash: $12.809 Billion
  13. Intel - (NASDAQ:INTC), Chart, Total Cash: $11.843 Billion
  14. Hewlett Packard - (NYSE:HPQ), Chart, Total Cash: $11.255 Billion
  15. Oracle - (NYSE:ORCL), Chart, Total Cash: $10.646 Billion

Four of the five companies rated AAA by Standard and Poor’s happen to be on this list. Wonder what that says about cash on the balance sheet….

Source: The 15 Most Cash Rich Companies