Company: Larry Flynt Publications
Products and services: Produces videos and magazines
Larry Flynt is one of the most well-known adult publishers in the country, thanks to lengthy court battles—and a movie about his life starring Woody Harrelson, Courtney Love, and Edward Norton—The People vs. Larry Flynt. Flynt grew up poor, started a string of strip clubs, and developed Hustler out of an early newsletter sent to customers. He capitalized on full nudity, celebrity photos, and other images that garnered press for the new magazine. In 1978 he was shot by a white supremacist outside a courthouse in Georgia, leaving him partly paralyzed. Today, privately held Larry Flynt Publications continues to be a bull in the business.