For more than 45 years, BLACK ENTERPRISE has developed the rankings for The BE 100s – the nation’s largest black-owned businesses. Collectively, our series of listings have served as the barometer for black business by reporting on the leadership and state of such companies across industrial, service, automotive and financial services sectors.
The automotive sector continues to be a driver for black business leadership. The black-owned dealerships found on our Auto 40 rankings are among the most successful franchises of the top domestic and foreign car manufacturers.
From technology and manufacturing to food services and media, these companies represent the revenue and employment leaders of black business as well as its greatest innovators. Top 100 companies have also demonstrated economic impact by producing more than $25 billion in revenues and employed more than 70,000 workers.
The BE financial services companies – the largest black banks, investment banks, asset managers and private equity firms – manage trillions of assets as they diversify the capital markets and serve the needs of individual and institutional clients from Wall Street to Silicon Valley. For example, four of our five top investment banks were among the underwriters of the recent $82.4 billion Uber IPO.