Top financial company
Overall rank: 5
2009 revenue: $2.8 billion
Before the collapse of the credit markets, the Worcester insurer was being ultracautious with its investment portfolio, which was almost entirely in bonds and cash. Some questioned the company's strategy at the time.
But the conservative positioning helped Hanover withstand the financial upheaval that followed. "Within three weeks, I was a genius," joked Hanover chief executive Frederick Eppinger (right).
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