30 Years of No. 1 Companies

Timothy Rice
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2009: Northern Capital Insurance
Miami

2008 Revenue: $95 million
Three-Year Growth: 19,812%

Alexander Anthony and Albert Fernandez founded Northern Capital Insurance to address the need for disaster insurance in Florida’s hurricane-prone climate. “In most businesses, response time is everything,” they told Inc. in 2009. “It's what the consumer cares about. We thought we could do better.” However, in May 2010, the company went belly up. “Northern Capital Insurance Company ("Northern Capital") was ordered into receivership for purposes of liquidation by the Second Judicial Circuit Court in Leon County, Fla.,” their site notes.