The 2010 Inc. 5000: Top 10 Companies by Revenue
HCA7-ElevenToys "R" UsUnivarBooz Allen HamiltonKingston Technology Mansfield Oil CompanyVizioAMC EntertainmentWest Corporation
2009 Revenue: $30.1 billion
Three-Year Growth: 17.96%
HCA (Hospital Corporation of America) operates 162 hospitals and 106 ambulatory surgery centers in 20 U.S. states and in Britain. About 220,000 babies are born each year in the U.S. at HCA hospitals, which use a wireless barcode technology to deliver accurate medications and dosages to each patient. Founded in 1968 by two physicians, the company and its affiliates now employ approximately 183,000 people.
2009 Revenue: $15.1 billion
Three-Year Growth: 4.08%
This behemoth convenience store chain was founded in 1927, but it wasn't until 1946 when 7-Eleven began using its current name. Back then, its stores were open from 7 A.M. to 11 P.M., but today, most of the 7,000 stores in the company operates, franchises, and licenses in the U.S. and Canada are open 24 hours a day. Overseas licensees and affiliates operate 29,000 more stores in countries including Malaysia, Norway, and Japan, serving up trademark products like the Big Gulp fountain soft drink and the Slurpee flavored ice beverage.
Wayne, New Jersey
2009 Revenue: $13.6 billion
Three-Year Growth: 3.97%
Toys "R" Us has grown from Charles Lazarus's Children's Bargain Town, a baby furniture store in Washington, D.C., opened in 1948, into one of the world's largest toy and child products retailers. Toys "R" Us operated publicly from 1978 until 2005, when a group of investors acquired the company for $6.6 billion. Last year, the company acquired the iconic FAO Schwarz store on Fifth Avenue.
2009 Revenue: $7.2 billion
Three-Year Growth: 8.73%
Univar got its start back in 1924 as a small Seattle brokerage firm, but today it operates a global chemical distribution business that spans 179 facilities in North America, Europe, Asia, and Latin America, and a staff of nearly 7,000 people. The company's United States delivery network includes more than 2,000 delivery trucks, with the ability to store 30 million gallons of chemicals.
2009 Revenue: $5.1 billion
Three-Year Growth: 59.62%
Founded almost a century ago by Edwin Booz in Chicago, Booz Allen Hamilton is one of the nation's oldest and largest management consulting firms. The company provides strategy and technology consulting primarily to federal government agencies. The firm employs 23,000 people, led by chairman and CEO Dr. Ralph Shrader.
Fountain Valley, California
2009 Revenue: $4.1 billion
Three-Year Growth: 12.27%
In 1987 John Tu (left) and David Sun (right) combined their engineering expertise to create a Single In-Line Memory Module (SIMM) that became the sole product offering of Kingston Technology. It was a humble start for a company that went on top the Inc. 500 list just five years later. Today, Kingston Technology is one of the world's largest suppliers of memory modules and flash memory products. Kingston manufactures over 2,000 memory products for computers, servers, printers, MP3 players, and digital cameras.
2009 Revenue: $3.0 billion
Three-Year Growth: 45.33%
The company delivers more than two billion gallons of petroleum products annually to customers in the United States, through 600 terminal facilities. Mansfield Oil's strategy is to offer its clients a streamlined petroleum supply chain, from purchase to delivery, including fuel supply, storage, dispensing, accounting, and payment services. The company was founded in 1957 and is led by CEO Michael Mansfield, Sr.
2009 Revenue: $2.5 billion
Three-Year Growth: 295.12%
Vizio was founded in 2002 by William Wang after he survived a 2000 plane crash that killed 83 other passengers and crew members. The company is now one of the largest sellers of LCD HDTVs in North America. "We're here to make innovative technology a commodity," he told Inc. in 2007. "Anything that's popular will become a commodity. We're not here to build a cheap product; we're here to make the product affordable."
Kansas City, Missouri
2009 Revenue: $2.4 billion
Three-Year Growth: 4.97%
Founded in Kansas City in 1920, this movie theater chain opened up one of the nation's first multiplex theaters in 1963. AMC Entertainment now operates almost 300 theaters with 4,528 total screens. Put together, those screens span more than 700 square miles, nearly double the size of New York City.
2009 Revenue: $2.4 billion
Three-Year Growth: 28.0%
Although West Corporation was founded in 1986 as an inbound telemarketing service, today the company provides an impressive array of customer relationship management outsourcing services and voice communication products. The company's 40,000-strong workforce is spread across North America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America.