The state has the highest per capita concentration of big companies in the country.
Stephen Hemsley, chief executive officer of UnitedHealth Group Inc., isn't signaling that his company is number one in Minnesota among the state's publicly-held companies on the Fortune 500 list -- although that is true. He's shown making a point at a press conference in 2009.
The annual Fortune 500 list is out, and Minnesota claims 20 companies on the magazine's annual list of the largest public companies.
That's one fewer than last year, after PepsiAmericas Inc. was acquired by PepsiCo in March 2010.
Based on population, Minnesota once again is the state with the highest concentration of Fortune 500 companies.
Fortune's list includes the state's two large cooperatives CHS (sixth-largest in Minnesota, 103rd on the Fortune 500) and Land O'Lakes (10th and 218th) and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans (14th and 318th). Thrivent is a not-for-profit financial services membership organization that makes statutory filings and is eligible for the Fortune list. Thrivent moved up 24 spots, after ranking 342 last year, the third-biggest improvement by a Minnesota company. Another financial services firm, Ameriprise, had the biggest jump among Minnesota companies moving up 42 spots to 246. Transportation and logistics company C.H. Robinson of Eden Prairie moved up 36 spots to 265.
New York, California and Texas are home to the most Fortune 500 companies with over 50 each (New York 57, California 53, Texas 51).
Minnesota is tied with New Jersey and Virginia with 20 companies each.