Top 25 private companies in 2017

Forbes Logo By Andrea Murphy, Forbes Staff of Forbes | Slide 1 of 26

Dell drops off Forbes’ annual list

In 2017, a total of 225 firms make it onto our 33rd annual ranking of America’s largest private companies. Taken as a group, these companies have combined revenues of $1.57 trillion, down 3% from last year, and employ 4.7 million people, up from 4.5 million in 2016.

The top of the 2017 is full of familiar faces. Cargill and Koch Industries have a lock on the No. 1 and No. 2 spots. Cargill sits at top of the list for the 10th consecutive year. Revenues grew a modest 2% in 2017 to $109.7 billion. Cargill has missed the No. 1 rank only twice since the first private companies list was published in 1985. Koch Industries comes it at No. 2. Revenues for this year’s list don’t reflect the acquisition of Guardian Industries (ranked No. 67 last year’s private companies list.) Koch Industries acquired the Michigan-based glass company in February 2017.

Rounding out the top 5 are grocery chain Albertsons (No. 3) and two of the three accounting firms on the list. Deloitte is ranked fourth and PricewaterhouseCoopers is fifth. Albertsons filed for an IPO in 2015, a few months after it completed its acquisition of publicly-traded Safewa but has put those plans on hold.

Dell is the highest ranked company to drop off the list. Last year the Texas-based computer company was ranked fourth. Dell completed its merger with EMC Corporation in September 2016 and began trading as Dell Technologies.

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