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12. Sohu.com
Sohu.com
Rank: 12 (Previous rank: 3)
CEO: Charles Zhang
Address: Vision International Center N.
Beijing, China 100084
Online advertising is big business in China -- $3 billion a year -- and growing. Beijing-based Internet portal Sohu.com is betting that its growing library of online videos will appeal to top brands as they vie for the attention of China's 420 million Internet users.

Sohu's ad sales rose 26% in the most recent quarter, as Internet traffic surged during the 2010 World Cup and World Expo in Shanghai. The star of the firm's suite of online properties is Changyou.com Ltd., the online gaming unit Sohu partially spun off last year. Changyou is the maker of TLBB, one of China's most popular online games.

--R.O.

What kind of businesses do you think are primed to grow in a sluggish economy?
  $ millions
(past 4 qtrs.)
% growth
(3 yr. annual rate)
Growth rank
Revenues** 529.0 67 11
Net income** 133.4 ó ó
Total return ó 9 63
Earnings per share ó 105 15
Share price  
As of 8/4/10 $47.95
Beat the S&P 500* Yes
P/E (current fiscal year est.) 14
Industry: Technology
Industry rank Company Fastest-Growing
rank
Revenues
($ millions)
1 Ebix 3 108.6
2 salesforce.com 4 1,377.5
3 Pegasystems 8 276.7
4 Priceline.Com 11 2,460.5
5 Sohu.com 12 529.0
6 Apple 18 51,123.0
7 NetScout Systems 24 260.3
8 AsiaInfo Holdings 26 261.8
9 Research In Motion 33 14,953.2
10 Multi-Fineline Electronix 35 757.3
11 Cognizant Technology Solutions 37 3,492.5
12 ANSYS 39 536.6
13 FLIR Systems 43 1,162.4
14 Sapient 45 709.1
15 China Information Security Technology 50 111.3
16 Synaptics 57 484.5
17 F5 Networks 64 730.6
18 Dolby Laboratories 66 799.8
19 Open Text 76 875.4
20 Sina 77 369.8
21 GeoEye 84 306.3
22 NCI 88 478.9
23 ManTech International 97 2,158.3
24 MetroPCS Communications 100 3,655.7
From the September 6, 2010 issue.
Notes:
* Through June 30, 2010. The S&P 500 returned -9.81% annually over the same period.
** Through the quarter ended on or before April 30, 2010.
†An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that China has 420 billion Internet users.
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