The largest privately held companies in the United States last year were:
1. Cargill, food, drink and tobacco, including Horizon Milling in Chattanooga, $133.9 billion in revenues
2. Koch Industries, conglomerate business, $115 billion in revenues
3. Mars, food, drink and tobacco, including M&M plant in Cleveland, Tenn., $70 billion in revenues
4. Bechtel, construction, including contractor for TVA, $53 billion in revenues
5. PricewaterhouseCoopers, accounting firm, $31.5 billion in revenues
6. PilotFlying J, truck stop chain based in Knoxville, $29.3 billion in revenues
7. Publix Super Markets, grocery chain with four stores in Chattanooga, $27 billion in revenues
8. Ernst & Young, accounting firm with $24.4 billion in revenues
9. Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores, $22 billion in revenues
10. C&S Wholesale Grocers, food, drink and tobacco, $21.7 billion in revenues
Source: Forbes magazine, "America's Largest Private Companies."
Dave Flessner is the business editor for the Times Free Press. A journalist for 35 years, Dave has been business editor and projects editor for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, city editor for The Chattanooga Times, business and county reporter for the Chattanooga Times, correspondent for the Lansing State Journal and Ingham County News in Michigan, staff writer for the Hastings Daily Tribune in Nebraska, and news director for WCBN-FM in Michigan. Dave, a native ...