Top 10 Companies by Revenue

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Burlington Coat Factory
Burlington, N.J.

No. 4,837
2010 Revenue: $3.7 billion

Three-Year Growth: 7.8%

The first Burlington Coat Factory was an actual coat factory in Burlington, N.J. that company founder Henrietta Milstein bought with her husband, Monroe, in 1972. She’d first urged her husband to purchase the factory, and when he declined on the advice of his father, Henrietta put forward savings from her job as an elementary school librarian to cover the $75,000 down payment.

--Matt DeLuca