Fastest-Growing Companies in the Fortune 1000 by profit

Updated: Jun 05, 2014 5:19 PM UTC | Originally published: May 06, 2013

KKR<\/h1>\n\n\nKKR is a private equity firm based in New York City. Its diverse investment portfolio currently holds stakes in dozens of companies, including Alliance Boots, Del Monte Foods, Dollar General, Go Daddy, and Toys R Us.

KKR

KKR is a private equity firm based in New York City. Its diverse investment portfolio currently holds stakes in dozens of companies, including Alliance Boots, Del Monte Foods, Dollar General, Go Daddy, and Toys R Us.

\n\nAOL, formerly known as America Online, is a digital media company with global web properties including Huffington Post, Engadget, Moviefone, Patch and many more. Photo: Justin Sullivan\/Getty Images

AOL

AOL, formerly known as America Online, is a digital media company with global web properties including Huffington Post, Engadget, Moviefone, Patch and many more.

EchoStar<\/h1>\n\n\nEchoStar manufactures and sells set-top boxes for televisions, including Slingbox. It also provides the satellite services for the DISH network.Courtesy: EchoStar

EchoStar

EchoStar manufactures and sells set-top boxes for televisions, including Slingbox. It also provides the satellite services for the DISH network.

Stewart Information Services<\/h1>\n\n\nStewart Information Services provides title insurance and escrow services in countries around the globe. It is based in Houston, TX.Courtesy: Stewart Information Services

Stewart Information Services

Stewart Information Services provides title insurance and escrow services in countries around the globe. It is based in Houston, TX.

Leucadia National<\/h1>\n\n\nLeucadia National is a diversified holding company based in New York, NY. Its portfolio includies companies ranging from Hard Rock Hotel and Casino to National Beef Packing to the recently purchased investment bank Jefferies & Co.

Leucadia National

Leucadia National is a diversified holding company based in New York, NY. Its portfolio includies companies ranging from Hard Rock Hotel and Casino to National Beef Packing to the recently purchased investment bank Jefferies & Co.

Inergy<\/h1>\n\n\nInergy is an energy conglomerate based in Kansas City, MO that primarily provides transportation and storage for natural gas. It is structured as a master limited partnership.

Inergy

Inergy is an energy conglomerate based in Kansas City, MO that primarily provides transportation and storage for natural gas. It is structured as a master limited partnership.

D.R. Horton<\/h1>\n\n\nD.R. Horton is one of the largest home builders in the U.S. Based in Fort Worth, TX, it has recently benefited from the recovery of the housing market. Photo: Paul Videla\/Bradenton Herald\/MCT

D.R. Horton

D.R. Horton is one of the largest home builders in the U.S. Based in Fort Worth, TX, it has recently benefited from the recovery of the housing market.

Toll Brothers<\/h1>\n\n\nToll Brothers is also a home builder that's seen a boom in business as the housing market recovers. It focuses on the luxury home market in urban areas.Photo: Justin Sullivan\/Getty Images

Toll Brothers

Toll Brothers is also a home builder that's seen a boom in business as the housing market recovers. It focuses on the luxury home market in urban areas.

OfficeMax<\/h1>\n\n\nOfficeMax is an office supplies retailer that's in the process of merging with Office Depot. Photo: Justin Sullivan\/Getty Images

OfficeMax

OfficeMax is an office supplies retailer that's in the process of merging with Office Depot.

PerkinElmer<\/h1>\n\n\nBased in Waltham, MA, PerkinElmer provides technology products and services for the human health and environmental health markets, such as diagnostic tools, medical imaging components and software.Courtesy: PerkinElmer

PerkinElmer

Based in Waltham, MA, PerkinElmer provides technology products and services for the human health and environmental health markets, such as diagnostic tools, medical imaging components and software.

US Airways Group<\/h1>\n\n\nUS Airways is an airline company based in Tempe, AZ. In February, it announced plans to merge with American Airlines to form the largest airline group in the world.Photo: JIM WATSON\/AFP\/Getty Images

US Airways Group

US Airways is an airline company based in Tempe, AZ. In February, it announced plans to merge with American Airlines to form the largest airline group in the world.

SAIC<\/h1>\n\n\nScience Applications International Corporation, SAIC, is a defense company that provides wide-ranging services for the Department of Defense, the National Security Agency, and other government agencies, in addition to a number of private sector companies. Photo: Qilai Shen\/Bloomberg\/Getty

SAIC

Science Applications International Corporation, SAIC, is a defense company that provides wide-ranging services for the Department of Defense, the National Security Agency, and other government agencies, in addition to a number of private sector companies.

Crane<\/h1>\n\n\nCrane is a diversified industrial products company that manufactures goods for industries from aerospace to food and beverages to construction. It's also one of the major suppliers of vending machines.Courtesy: Crane

Crane

Crane is a diversified industrial products company that manufactures goods for industries from aerospace to food and beverages to construction. It's also one of the major suppliers of vending machines.

Sirius XM Radio<\/h1>\n\n\nSirius XM Radio is a satellite radio services giant that was formed by the 2008 merger of Sirius and XM. Photo: Photo: David Becker\/Getty Images

Sirius XM Radio

Sirius XM Radio is a satellite radio services giant that was formed by the 2008 merger of Sirius and XM.

Good: Builders are doing better<\/h1>\nEarlier this week, Lennar Corp. reported sharply higher earnings for the three months ending in August -- a sign that there's stronger demand for new homes. The Miami-based company reported a profit of $87.1 million, up from $20.7 million a year ago. Revenue rose by 34% to 1.1 billion.\n\nThis comes as builders broke ground on new single-family homes at an annual pace of 535,000 in August -- the highest rate since April 2010 when federal tax credits designed to stimulate the housing market lured buyers, according to the Commerce Department's September 19 report. \n\nLennar CEO Stuart Miller said in statement that \"the market has stabilized and the recovery is well under way,\" citing record-low mortgage rates, affordable home prices, and the fact that it's cheaper to own than rent.\nPhoto: Joe Raedle\/Getty Images

Lennar

Lennar is a home builder based in Miami, Florida, that's enjoying a rebound from the housing recovery.

Northern Tier Energy<\/h1>\n\n\nNorthern Tier is an oil refiner with operations mostly in the Midwest. It also operates a convenience store and gas station chain called SuperAmerica, primarily in Wisconsin and Minnesota.Courtesy: Northern Tier Energy

Northern Tier Energy

Northern Tier is an oil refiner with operations mostly in the Midwest. It also operates a convenience store and gas station chain called SuperAmerica, primarily in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

CDW<\/h1>\n\n\nCDW supplies technology and services to businesses. Currently owned by private equity investors, the company in March announced plans for an IPO. Photo: Business Wire\/Getty Images

CDW

CDW supplies technology and services to businesses. Currently owned by private equity investors, the company in March announced plans for an IPO.

Auto-Owners Insurance<\/h1>\n\n\nAuto Owners Insurance provides a number of different types of insurance, including auto.

Auto-Owners Insurance

Auto Owners Insurance provides a number of different types of insurance, including auto.

Universal Forest Products<\/h1>\n\n\nUniversal Forest Products is a lumber company that manufactures wood and wood-alternative products for builders.Courtesy: Universal Forest Products

Universal Forest Products

Universal Forest Products is a lumber company that manufactures wood and wood-alternative products for builders.

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Annaly Capital Management

Annaly Capital Management is one of the largest mortgage real estate investment trusts (REITs) in the country.

Allison Transmission Holdings<\/h1>\n\n\nAllison Transmission manufactures transmissions for commercial vehicles, such as buses, fire trucks, and military vehicles. Courtesy: Allison Transmission

Allison Transmission Holdings

Allison Transmission manufactures transmissions for commercial vehicles, such as buses, fire trucks, and military vehicles.

Newmont Mining<\/h1>\n\n\nNewmont Mining mines gold in the U.S., South America, Australia, and Africa, among others. Photo: David Paul Morris\/Bloomberg\/Getty

Newmont Mining

Newmont Mining mines gold in the U.S., South America, Australia, and Africa, among others.

Alleghany<\/h1>\n\n\nAlleghany is a holding company that was originally formed for the railroad industry. Today its businesses are primarily in the insurance and real estate industries.

Alleghany

Alleghany is a holding company that was originally formed for the railroad industry. Today its businesses are primarily in the insurance and real estate industries.

NBTY<\/h1>\n\n\nNBTY manufactures vitamins and other nutritional supplements. Courtesy: NBTY

NBTY

NBTY manufactures vitamins and other nutritional supplements.

Calumet Specialty Products<\/h1>\n\n\nCalumet manufactures oils, waxes and other lubricants primarily for the energy industry and is based in Indianapolis, IN.Photo: Mario Villafuerte\/Bloomberg\/Getty

Calumet Specialty Products

Calumet manufactures oils, waxes and other lubricants primarily for the energy industry and is based in Indianapolis, IN.