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A 1990s graphics-chip maker worth more than $100 billion? It shouldn’t make sense. But the company, based in Santa Clara, Calif., has defied the Darwinian odds in the Valley by applying its specialty in making high-capacity semiconductors, which it once produced solely to enable the whims of computer gaming geeks, to fast-growing applications such as artificial intelligence programs and cloud computing. With fast-growing Fortune 500 ­clients—including [f500link]Amazon[/f500link], [f500link]Microsoft[/f500link], and Tesla—on the books for still-nascent ­areas like autonomous vehicles, [f500link]Nvidia[/f500link] is positioned for continued strength well into the A.I. revolution to come.

Company Information

Overall Score2.2
Sector
Technology
Industry
Semiconductors and Other Electronic Components
CEO
Jen-Hsun Huang
Websitehttp://www.nvidia.com
Employees10,299
HQ Location
Santa Clara, Calif.
Revenues ($M) (Past 12 Months)$8,344
Profits ($M) (Past 12 Months)$2,288
Market Value as of Oct. 9, 2017 ($M)$111,234