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31. WellPoint
Rank: 31 (Previous rank: 32)
CEO: Angela F. Braly
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Thanks to the sale of its pharmacy management unit NextRx, WellPoint delivered net profits of $4.7 billion last year, an 88% jump over 2008. Excluding the sale, earnings were less healthy. Reason: The departure of 1.4 million members from its 33 million-plus subscriber base, a decrease mostly attributable to companies slashing their payroll.

But health benefits provider is off to a fast start in 2010, already adding 400,000 new members. The company hopes to grow its customer base further with such initiatives as Care Comparison, an online service that allows members to access information on drug costs and quality. --P.N.

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Key financials $ millions % change
from 2008
Revenues 65,028.1 6.2
Profits 4,745.9 90.5
Assets 52,125.4
Stockholders' equity 24,863.3
Market value (3/26/2010) 27,989.8
Profits as % of  
Revenues 7.3
Assets 9.1
Stockholders' equity 19.1
Earnings per share  
2009 $ 9.88
% change from 2008 107.6
1999-2009 annual growth rate % N.A.
Total return to investors %
2009 38.4
1999-2009 annual rate N.A.
Rank Company 500
($ millions)
1 UnitedHealth Group 21 87,138.0
2 WellPoint 31 65,028.1
3 Aetna 63 34,764.1
4 Humana 73 30,960.4
5 Cigna 129 18,414.0
6 Health Net 146 15,713.2
7 Coventry Health Care 168 13,993.3
8 WellCare Health Plans 328 6,878.2
9 Amerigroup 404 5,188.1
10 Universal American 425 4,963.5
11 Centene 486 4,248.0
Issue date: May 3, 2010.
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