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21. UnitedHealth Group
UnitedHealth Group
Rank: 21 (Previous rank: 21)
CEO: Stephen J. Hemsley
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Amid the deafening racket about health-care reform last year, UnitedHealth Group, the country's biggest managed care provider by revenue, quietly turned in a solid performance.

The company didn't escape the recession altogether -- rising unemployment rates eroded its corporate-heavy membership base -- but it grew sales and profits, thanks largely to its stable government and senior benefits divisions.

Now that the threat of universal health care's public option has passed, UnitedHealth plans to concentrate on the effects of reform: new fees, limits on premiums, and millions of Americans joining the ranks of the insured over the next few years. --M.K.

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Key financials $ millions % change
from 2008
Revenues 87,138.0 7.3
Profits 3,822.0 28.4
Assets 59,045.0
Stockholders' equity 23,606.0
Market value (3/26/2010) 37,770.3
Profits as % of  
Revenues 4.4
Assets 6.5
Stockholders' equity 16.2
Earnings per share  
2009 $ 3.24
% change from 2008 35.0
1999-2009 annual growth rate % 23.3
Total return to investors %
2009 14.7
1999-2009 annual rate 16.5
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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