BE 100s Billion-Dollar Club: Lessons from Top-Earning Black Business

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In June 2001, our editors hailed David Steward as "The $800 Million Man" when his Maryland Heights, Missouri IT firm World Wide Technology was named our BE Company of the Year. It was a prescient sign of a rising New Economy leader. Within just three years, WWT would snare the No. 1 spot on the 2004 BE INDUSTRIAL/SERVICE 100 with revenues of $1.2 billion. Over the years, the enterprise would expand through developing partnerships with tech giants such as Cisco Systems, HP and EMC as well as meeting the infrastructure needs of companies like Boeing and Dell with a no-excuses commitment to time and cost-efficiency. On the 2014 BE INDUSTRIAL/SERVICE 100, privately-held WWT still holds the No. 1 position. However, its revenues have grown 533% in the past decade to $6.4 billion - placing it No. 410 if it were listed among the nation's 500 largest publicly-traded companies.

In June 2001, our editors hailed David Steward as “The $800 Million Man” when his…