Fortune 100

The top 100 public and private companies in the United States ranked by revenue

What is Fortune 100?

The Fortune 100 is a list of the top 100 public and private companies in the United States ranked by revenue. Fortune generates this list based on reported annual revenue figures to a government agency. The list is a subset of the published Fortune 500, which is a list of 500 public and private companies that generate the most revenue.

 

Fortune 100

 

Summary

  • The Fortune 100 is a list of the top 100 public and private companies in the United States ranked by revenue.
  • The magazine was initially marketed as “the Ideal Super-Class Magazine,” which vividly portrayed the most distinguished firms and persons of the economic times.
  • Fortune is a global media organization that is dedicated to helping readers, viewers, and attendees succeed big in business through unrivaled access and best-in-class storytelling.
  • Fortune magazine publishes many business-related lists on an annual basis.

 

What is Fortune?

Fortune is an internationally renowned business magazine headquartered in New York City. The magazine regularly publishes lists of the largest public and private companies by revenue. The Fortune 500 and Fortune 100 are the two most popular lists annually published by Fortune magazine. The company is a global media organization that is dedicated to helping readers, viewers, and attendees succeed big in business through unrivaled access and best-in-class storytelling.

Fortune was originally created by the Atlantic Monthly Company in 1929. The magazine was initially marketed as “The Ideal Super-Class Magazine,” which vividly portrayed the most distinguished firms and persons of the economic times. Since its launch, Fortune was published monthly, and in 1978 became published biweekly. As of 2018, Fortune magazine is published 14 times a year.

 

Fortune Magazine’s Editorial Standards

Fortune magazine commits itself to producing journalistic content that meets the highest standards of accuracy, fairness, transparency, and lawfulness. Content created by Fortune is distributed in the following mediums – print, digital, and live products.

With its content, Fortune aims to inform readers, viewers, and attendees. The company’s content reflects the organization’s commitment to quality and integrity, and that the company’s reputation is dependent on these journalistic values.

 

Who Founded Fortune?

American magazine magnate Henry Robinson Luce founded Fortune magazine after the Great Depression and the death of his Yale classmate, Briton Hadden. Previous to Fortune magazine, Henry Robinson Luce cofounded Time magazine alongside Briton Hadden.

Luce was born in Penglai, Shandong, China on April 3, 1898. In China, he attended various Chinese and English boarding schools. At age 15, he traveled to Connecticut, where he first met Briton Hadden. They both then went off to study at Yale College. Afterward, Henry embarked on post-graduate studies at Oxford University.

 

What Lists Does Fortune Publish?

Fortune magazine publishes many business-related lists on an annual basis. The magazine publishes several other major lists, such as:

  • Fortune 100
  • Fortune 500
  • Fortune 1000
  • Fortune Global 500
  • Fortune India 500
  • 40 Under 40
  • Most Powerful Women
  • 100 Best Companies to Work For
  • World’s Most Admired Companies
  • 100 Fastest Growing Companies
  • The Unicorn List
  • Businessperson of the Year

 

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