Winning in Atlanta: 10 Largest Black-Owned Companies Totaling $1.2B in Revenue


“Winning In Atlanta” is Atlanta Black Star’s weekly focus on Black professionals, business leaders and other persons of gravity who are making a positive contribution to the global global African economic renaissance.

The following are the top-grossing metropolitan Atlanta-based Black-owned businesses, according to Black Enterprise magazine’s annual report. The revenue listed was recorded for the 2011 calendar year. The featured companies are at least 51 percent Black-owned, or Blacks own at least 51 percent of controlling shares if the firm is publicly traded.

Herman J. Russell

H.J. Russell & Co., Atlanta; Revenue $248 million

H.J. Russell & Company, founded in 1952 by Herman J. Russell, is one of the largest minority-owned real estate firms in the United States. As a multifaceted organization, they develop, design and build, renovate and manage projects in a wide variety of markets.

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