Biggest Companies of the 2012 Inc. 5000

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Levi Strauss

Charles Bergh, CEO
San Francisco

No. 4,909
2011 Revenue: $4.8 billion
Three-Year Growth: 8%

When Bavarian immigrant Levi Strauss created the first pair of blue jeans in 1853, the pants were marketed to miners flocking to California for the Gold Rush. Today, Levi Strauss is one of the world’s largest brand-name apparel companies, selling a diverse collection of apparel in addition to its iconic denim jeans. At Levi, Chip Bergh now wears the pants: He became the company’s CEO in 2011 after spending 28 years at Procter & Gamble.