Some companies say something about the state's local economy: For example, Las Vegas Sands is the largest company by revenues headquartered in the gambling haven of Nevada, while Johnson & Johnson stands out in the pharmaceutical industry hub of New Jersey. Other companies say more about the founder's personal story: Nike founder Phil Knight headquartered his company in his native Oregon, while Warren Buffet, sometimes called the "Oracle of Omaha," located the headquarters of Berkshire Hathaway in Nebraska.
Some readers might be surprised that companies like Apple and Microsoft are missing from the map. But although these brand names are well known and the companies have massive market caps, their revenues aren't as large as companies like Chevron and Costco.
As some commentators on Broadviewnet's original post have noted, the map shows the largest company by revenue that is headquartered in the state, rather than the state's biggest employer. The latter measure might be a more accurate way of judging a company's economic influence.
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