CEO since January 2008: Richard W. Dreiling
Last year, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts raised $444 million taking the discount retailer public, promptly paid down $734 million in debt ($3.4 billion to go!), and announced a 12.8% bump in revenue, to $11.8 billion and profits of $339 million.
Chief executive Rick Dreiling credits new store layouts, thriftiness among higher income consumers and Dollar General's transition "from cheap to inexpensive" - as evidenced by his successful courting of L'Oreal - for the standout year.
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