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Top 15 Private Companies in Area

Monday, May 14, 2007

Some of the region's largest companies are private, so private that a few of the best known, such as Geico and Carlyle, don't participate in The Post's survey. Of those that do, Mars, the giant candy maker, is the biggest. It would have ranked fifth on this year's list of public companies. The McLean company spent much of the past year touting its efforts to curb advertising aimed at young children and putting more healthful snacks in school vending machines. Allegis Group, the staffing company founded by Baltimore Ravens owner Stephen J. Bisciotti, continued to grow, buying a New Jersey information technology staffing firm. Clark Construction celebrated its 100th anniversary last year and is at work building the roughly $600 million Washington Nationals ballpark in Southeast along the Anacostia River. Discovery Communications brought in new executives from NBC who began trimming the Silver Spring company's payroll as they focused on future growth opportunities. Kettler is a new addition to The Post 200. As one of the nation's 15 largest developers of multifamily projects, the company found ripe new areas for development around Metrorail and Virginia commuter rail stops.

Rank Company Revenue Employees Business
1 Mars Inc. $18.0B 40,000 Packaged foods
2 Allegis Group Inc. $5.0B 8,000 Staffing
3 Brown Automotive Group $4.8B 4,400 Automotive sales, real estate development, commercial buildings, insurance
4 Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. $4.0B 18,914 Consulting
5 Clark Enterprises Inc. $3.2B 4,200 Real estate, construction, investments
6 Discovery Communications Inc. $3.0B 6,000 Media
7 Goodwill Industries International Inc. $3.0B 80,000 Not-for-profit retail and training
8 MedStar Health $2.9B 23,000 Health care
9 Inova Health System $1.9B 15,391 Health care
10 B.F. Saul Real Estate Investment Trust $1.3B 1,417 Real estate and banking
11 Long & Foster Cos. Inc. $1.1B 2,317 Residential real estate
12 Darcars Automotive Group $1.1B 2,126 Automotive
13 Ourisman Automotive Enterprises $914.7M 1,387 Automotive
14 Rosenthal Automotive $858.1M 1,000 Automotive
15 Kettler $823.1M 475 Residential and commercial real estate

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