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Tarrant County puts three companies on the Fortune 500

American Airlines moved to No. 70 from No. 112 on the Fortune 500 following its merger with US Airways.
American Airlines moved to No. 70 from No. 112 on the Fortune 500 following its merger with US Airways. Star-Telegram

Three Tarrant County companies appear on this year’s version of the Fortune 500 listing of the largest U.S. companies, including one that cracked the top 100.

Fort Worth-based American Airlines Group landed at No. 70 after the merger with US Airways significantly increased the airline’s size. Revenue increased by 59.5 percent to $42.6 billion in 2014, according to Fortune, moving the county’s top private employer up from No. 112 last year.

GameStop came in at No. 311 as diversification kept the Grapevine-based video game retailer in roughly the same spot as last year (305). Despite the industry’s movement towards digital gaming, the company kept growing thanks to its acquisition and expansion of two other electronics chains: Spring Mobile, a licensed AT&T retailer, and Simply Mac. 2014 revenues totaled $9.3 billion.

And D.R. Horton moved up to 354 from 418 as the leading home builder bounced back with the nation’s housing market. Revenues increased by 28 percent in 2014 to $8.03 billion, thanks in part to rapid growth in its new lower-priced Express Homes brand.

Wal-Mart Stores once again sits atop the list with revenues of $485.6 billion. Irving-based Exxon Mobil is No. 2 ($382.6 billion); Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, owner of Fort Worth BNSF Railway and several other North Texas companies, is No. 4 ($194.7 billion); and Dallas-based AT&T is No. 12 ($132.4 billion).

And in the annual battle of the Lone Star State, energy-heavy Houston topped DFW as a corporate capital, with 26 headquarters on the list compared with 21 in North Texas. Dallas is home to nine Fortune 500 companies, and Irving has six.

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