Statistics about the Inc. 500 class of 2000, gleaned from their Web sites and from their Inc. 500 applications, reveal much about growth trends in the economy -- both current and future.
Percentage of CEOs who started their company with an exit strategy: 32%
Percentage of those CEOs whose plan was to*
Go public 42%
Sell out to another company 39%
Bring in an outside majority investor 7%
Pass on the company to the next generation 7%
Use other strategies 4%
*Does not add up to 100% because of rounding.
Percentage of all CEOs that, in the foreseeable future, plan to
Acquire other companies 68%
Sell the company 43%
Go public 43%
Participate in a roll-up 21%
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