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INFOGRAPHIC: The Largest Private Companies in the U.S.

Category: Digital Media, Valuation

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13 Responses to “The Largest Private Companies in the U.S.”

  1. eliz says:

    Thank goodness some businesses are not driven by the sociopathic corporate executive cultures of publicly held companies. IMHO the publicly held corporation paradigm should be scrapped entirely – for the good of society.

    In any case — looks like there is at least one error in that chart. Enterprise car rental was established in 1898? LOL. Per their website, 1957 was its year of birth.

  2. Kapil Chandra says:

    I doubt that PWC and Cox both were established in the same year and have the same # of employees. Cox has 50K employees and was founded in 1898 according to their website.

    In fact all the dates and employee numbers in the bottom row are just copied from the top row.

  3. patfla says:

    > Thank goodness some …

    On the other hand, the #2 company is the Koch brothers.

    There may be others here who favor the Koch brothers agenda but can anyone agree that their egregious interventions into US politics is for the better of all of us?

    They’re all (I believe) graduates of top US universities, including MIT, Harvard, etc, and are presumably smart guys bu that simply increases the ability to do wrong. Remember: smarter is not better – it simply increases the capacity to do good – or do wrong. My impression is that the statistical profile for moral character is nothing like that for IQ.

  4. Dow says:

    Minor tweak – “…Meet the 20 largest private TBTF companies…”

  5. Orange14 says:

    Lots of errors in this as others have pointed out. Fidelity was established before 1993 for sure. Categories seem overly broad and I don’t think either Cargill or Mars have any tobacco products in their portfolios.

  6. cognos says:


    I wonder what other tech companies have been left out.

  7. cognos says:

    Oh, its by – REVENUE.

    Sorry, my bad. Silly metric.

  8. eliz says:

    @ patfla – Well, I certainly agree with your assessment of the Koch boys. However, public or private, there is likely to be a bell curve of distribution related to political persuasions. My assertion is that privately held companies, compared to publicly held companies of the same size, are driven more by creating valued products and services, rather than accounting gimics to boost stock values so more $$ goes into the execs pockets. * But I would also say, along the lines of @Dow’s comment – that these companies are just too big for a Capitalist system, which to work requires lots of competition.

  9. patfla says:

    @ eliz – I agree that many public companies do as you say but I’m not sure that private companies are any better.

    So who’s #1 on the list? Cargill. I would imagine that prior to farmers hating Monsanto (current state), the companies they hated most were Archer Daniels Midland and Cargill.

    Wikipedia has grown this interesting feature. Usually at the bottom pages for of all kinds or organizations and people, the page will have the ‘negatives’. Seems in Cargill’s case, the main Cargill page leads to another page devoted to nothing but the ‘criticisms’ of Cargill. And oh yes, the criticisms for any organization or person are, to the extent I’ve checked, all matters of public record. So on to Cargill:

    Seems to me like yet another company that’s transitioned from being primarily a provider of goods and/or services to a company where job #1 is to abuse power in the name of its preferred status quo.

  10. patfla says:

    Does anyone remember that as recently as the 19th century in the US, corporations were deeply distrusted; it required a special government charter to establish a corporation; and a given corporation could exist only for a limited period of time?

    We’ve gone from that to Citizens United.

  11. Julia Chestnut says:

    The grocery store business is insanely cut-throat and requires very active management: there are two grocery chains on this list. Publix is not in my area, but I hear very, very good things about their stores. HEB, on the other hand — well, grew up with them and the hype is well-deserved. Not only are they good stores with excellent house brands, they have active community involvement and are visible in charities. STILL no loyalty card – everybody gets the same price and they don’t track you. In contrast to some of the businesses on this list, I have absolutely nothing bad to say about HEB.

  12. pedrocpaguy says:

    This largest private companies information is suspect, and not only for the errors it contains mentioned in previous comments.

    First, it’s couched in terms of why they stay private. Both PWC and Ernst & Young are partnerships engaged in businesses that do not lend themselves to public ownership, assuming it’s even legal for them to go public.

    Second, both Deloitte and KPMG are also in the same industry as PWC and EY. From professional literature, there is reason to believe that Deloitte’s global revenues are in the same range as PWC, while KMPG’s are in the lower range similar to EY.

  13. Greg0658 says:

    Kapil Chandra & others – “In fact all the dates and employee numbers in the bottom row are just copied from the top row.”
    … seems the graphic has been repaired (captured in BRs placecard) and the www connected full size .. probably a data hyperlink copy paste gone awry