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Alexander Anthony & Albert Fernandez, Co-founders, Northern Capital Insurance, No. 1
Co-founders of this year's No. 1 Inc. 500 company, Alexander Anthony and Albert Fernandez are both of Cuban descent. Fernandez was born in Havana and immigrated to the U.S. with his family at age four. Anthony was born in Newark, N.J. shortly after his family arrived in the U.S. from Cuba in 1964. Before starting Northern Capital Insurance together in 2003, they ran a 900-person security-guard company, which they sold once they realized there was a greater need for quality insurance carriers in hurricane-battered Florida.