The Future 50

Courtesy of Netflix




The former movies-by-mail company, now a streaming-­media mammoth, is rapidly shifting focus away from subscriber growth (at about 51 million paying customers, the U.S. market is nearly maxed out for Netflix) and toward revenue and margin expansion on top of its global footprint. At the same time, Netflix, based in Los Gatos, Calif., is spending large sums on developing original content—$7 billion is earmarked for 2018—to mitigate a decline in licensed media. So far, so good: In its third quarter, Netflix grew sales by 30% over 2016.

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Overall Score





Internet Services and Retailing


Reed Hastings



HQ Location

Los Gatos, Calif.

Revenues ($M) (Past 12 Months)


Profits ($M) (Past 12 Months)


Market Value as of Oct. 9, 2017 ($M)


Revenue and net income for 12 months ended June 30, 2017. Source: S&P Global.

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