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Top 15 Private Companies in the Washington Area

Monday, May 1, 2006

Candy maker Mars Inc. would have ranked fourth among The Post 200's top public companies if it were one. Instead, it's a very private company. Last year, the company promoted a healthier side of its products, with specially formulated cocoa bars that it claims are good for the heart if eaten daily. Insurer Geico, with its talking gecko mascot, paid out $200 million on 55,000 claims in last year's hurricanes. Allegis Group Inc., a global staffing firm, reported revenue of $4 billion, up from $3.6 billion a year earlier. Consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. benefited from the boom in homeland security contracts. Builder Clark Enterprises Inc. landed the deal to build the new baseball stadium in the District, while MedStar Health's sports-medicine division signed up the Washington Nationals as patients.

Rank Company Revenue Employees Business
1 Mars Inc. $18B 39,000 Packaged foods
2 Geico Corp. $10.1B 20,000 Property and casualty insurance
3 Allegis Group Inc. $4B 8,000 Contract technical labor
4 Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. $3.6B 17,500 Consulting
5 Clark Enterprises Inc. $2.8B 4,200 Real estate
6 Discovery Communications Inc. $2.7B 6,000 Media
7 MedStar Health $2.7B 23,000 Health care
8 Goodwill Industries International Inc. $2.7B 82,000 Not-for-profit retail
9 Inova Health System $1.7B 14,911 Health care
10 Ritz Camera Centers Inc. $1.3B 10,700 Retail
11 B.F. Saul Real Estate Investment Trust $1.2B 4,508 Real estate
12 Long & Foster Cos. Inc. $1.1B 2,288 Real estate
13 Darcars Automotive Group $1.1B 2,025 Auto dealer
14 Rosenthal Automotive $1B 954 Auto dealer
15 Ourisman Automotive Enterprises $867M 1,218 Auto dealer

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