Houston companies account for twenty-three of the Fortune 500 this year. That’s down slightly from 2010. But Jeff Moseley, president and CEO of the Greater Houston Partnership, isn’t worried.
“Houston, no doubt about it, is a headquarters town — is and will be. This is a great place for companies to headquarter out of. And the reality of it is that, being a headquarters town, from time to time, companies get acquired. So the new number really is misleading, because falling off the list were Smith International, which was acquired by Schlumberger, and Continental Airlines, acquired by United.”
Moseley notes that Exxon Mobil and Chevron, respectively ranked second and third on the list, both have large presences in Houston.
Surging oil prices lifted several Houston companies higher in the rankings. ConocoPhillips rose to fourth place, up from sixth last year. Marathon Oil shot up twelve spots to number 29. And Enterprise Product Partners, unranked up to now, burst onto the list at number 80.