The updated Fortune 500 list of richest companies has been released. Of these 500, 18 are media companies. Who made the list?

18. The Washington Post – Ranked 470

17. Live Nation Entertainment – Ranked 444

16. Clear Channel Media Holdings – Ranked 391

15. Virgin Media – Ranked 374

14. Yahoo! – Ranked 365

13. Cablevision – Ranked 321

12. Liberty Media – Ranked 224

11. DISH Network – Ranked 193

10. Viacom – Ranked 180

9. CBS – Ranked 174

8. Time Warner Cable – Ranked 137

7. Google – Ranked 92

6. News Corp. – Ranked 83

5. Amazon.com – Ranked 78

4. Comcast – Ranked 66

3. Walt Disney – Ranked 65

2. Apple – Ranked 35

1. General Electric – Ranked 6

What does this say about media companies today? Clearly media conglomerate companies have been doing the best in this shaky economy, as have those giants who have television under their umbrella. No surprise with Apple and GE ranking highest of the media outlets, but The Washington Post, which largely functions as a newspaper, is. Is this a possible suggestion of change for print outlets? Probably not, it is most likely predicting that next year not even The Washington Post will make the list.

We will certainly see the continuance of the trend of large-companies who function in a range of media climbing higher and higher on the list – compared to both their competitors and businesses at large. Internet companies will soon head to the top, as will those who own them. Whether this new list predicts any changes remains to be seen, but it will certainly be proven in time.