30 Years of No. 1 Companies

Timothy Rice
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1989, 1990: Cogentrix
Charlotte, N.C.

1988 Revenue: $129.7 million
1988 Three-Year Growth: 96,716.40%

1989 Revenue: $201.9 million
1989 Three-Year Growth: 151,681%

The only company to ever achieve the Inc. No. 1 spot two years (consecutively, no less), Cogentrix Energy operates electric power generation facilities around the country. In 2003, Goldman Sachs acquired Cogentrix for $2.4 billion.