30 Years of No. 1 Companies

Timothy Rice
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1985: Herbalife International
Inglewood, Calif.

1984 Revenue: $423.1 million
Three-Year Growth: 109,510%

Mark Hughes, founder of Herbalife, got his start selling the Herbalife weight loss product from the trunk of his car. The company’s growth exploded in the early 1980’s, and went public on the NASDAQ in 1986. The company faced some scrutiny in the mid-80’s (they were sued by the Food and Drug Administration) and sadly, in 2000, Hughes died from an accidental overdose. Still, the company has been resilient: in 2010, the company posted net sales of $2.7 billion.