30 Years of No. 1 Companies

Timothy Rice
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1995: Furst Group
Shahmong, N.J.

1994 Revenue: $92.2 million
Three-Year Growth: 42,389%

The Furst Group, a reseller of long-distance phone service, earned its profit by helping customers save money on their phone bills. But by 2000, when long-distance phone rates had dropped and cell phones became widely adopted, the business struggled as customers found alternatives. In 2000, CEO John Streep sold the company for $12 million. Streep died in 2010.