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Top 10 private companies 2011

Written by Top 100 Arena on 2012-06-11
Private companies play a vital role in the economy by employing thousands of workers and contributing to regional and national growth and development. Though public companies get all the media attention, private companies contribute a substantial part of the GDP too. The top ten private companies in 2011 based on their revenue is shown below: 

10 US Foods 

US Foods is a major player in the kitchen and hospitality industry today. Based in Rosemont, Ill, it employs about 25,000 people and generated revenue of $18.86 billion in 2011. It sells more than 350,000 products to individuals, hospitals, government offices and educational institutions. The wide range of frozen foods, meats and vegetables sold by US foods has transformed the US food service industry in many ways. More Info 


9 C&S Wholesale Grocers

  C&S Wholesale Grocers is one of the leading food supply companies in the US today. Their primary line of business is as a distributor of products from local food manufacturing and packaging companies to supermarkets and other companies or institutions. They act as a vital link in the supply chain between manufacturers and retail stores. This company distributes food to about 3,900 stores in 12 states and in 2011, it generated revenue of $20.40 billion. Based out of New Hampshire, C&S Wholesale Grocers employs 16,681 people.  More Info


8 Ernst & Young

  Ernst & Young is a leader in tax, auditing and advisory accounting services with operations in 140 countries across the world. This company is headquartered in New York and employs 152,000 people worldwide. In 2011, it had revenue of $22.88 billion and it has consistently been one of the top private companies in the world for the past several years. Along with KPMC, Deloitte and PricewaterhouseCoopers, it is one of the big four accounting companies in the world. More Info


7 Love's Travel Shops & Country Stores 

Love's travel shops & country stores is a family owned business that employs about 8,000 people. It is based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and is a major gas station and convenience store chain. This company began operations in 1964 with the opening of one gas station in western Oklahoma and since then, it has grown steadily. Today, Love's operates 270 locations across 39 states that include gas stations, convenience stores, fast food restaurants, shower rooms and rest areas. Its revenue in 2011 was $24.40 billion.  More Info


6 Publix Super Markets 

Publix supermarkets was founded in 1930 and is headquartered in Lakeland, Florida. It is the largest privately held company in Florida and it employs 148,000 in its 1,052 outlets. Publix operates in the states of Florida, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee and its stores also include dairy, bakery, deli, check cashing, lottery tickets, DVD rentals, Western Union services and pharmacy services. In 2011, Publix supermarkets had revenues of $25.13 billion, making it one of the largest regional grocery chains in the US.  More Info


5 Bechtel 

Bechtel is a privately owned construction company based in San Francisco, California. It is the largest engineering company in the United States and employs 52,700 people in more than 50 countries. It was founded in 1898 and since then, it has played a role in many prominent construction projects such as the Hoover Dam, Hong Kong International airport, as well as nuclear plants and oil refineries. In 2011, it generated revenue of $27.90 billion and it continues to offer world-class infrastructure to countries such as the US, Iraq, Romania, Saudi Arabia and London.  More Info

4 PricewaterhouseCoopers 

PricewaterhouseCoopers is the largest professional and business services firm in the world, with its headquarters in London. It operates in 58 countries and employs about 168,000 people to provide legal, consulting, tax and assurance services to thousands of companies and individuals around the world. It had revenues of $29.20 billion in 2011, making it the fourth largest privately owned company and the largest accountancy firm in the country.  More Info

3 Mars 

Mars is a manufacturer of chocolates, confectionery, food, drinks and animal products and is based in Virginia. It is wholly owned and operated by the Mars family and employs 65,000 people across its six business segments - chocolate, petcare, food, drinks, chewing gum and biotechnology. It was founded in 1911 and has steadily grown to generate revenue of $30 billion in 2011. Its products are sold to customers worldwide and it has established itself as a leading brand in each of its six segments.  More Info


2 Koch Foods 

Koch foods is the second largest private company in the US with staggering revenues of $100 billion in 2011 alone. It started off with cutting and de-boning chickens in one room in 1985 and since then has grown exponentially to offer poultry and value-added food products to customers all over the country. Operating out of Wichita, Kansas, this company employs 67,000 people and has rapidly expanded into other industries such as an oil refinery, financial trading, minerals, fertilizers and business development.  More Info


1 Cargill 

Cargill is the largest privately held company in the US and is based in Minnetonka, Minnesota. With annual revenue of $109.56 billion in 2011, it is involved in producing food items such as starch, oils and fats, as well as in industries such as steel, transportation, livestock, health, pharmaceutical and financial management. This family owned business services customers worldwide and continues to expand its operations into other areas of business as well.  More Info


These privately held companies demonstrate the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation that has driven the American economy for centuries. The revenues and operations of these mammoth companies continue to inspire other people to innovate and dream.

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