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The Post 200 is an annual snapshot of the companies, law firms, nonprofits and other organizations that power our local economy. Here's a look at this year's list.


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Fannie Mae headquarters in Washington, D.C. (Bloomberg)

Financial services

1. Fannie Mae

Chartered by the government, Fannie Mae, more formally known as the Federal National Mortgage Association, is the nation’s largest purchaser of mortgages from banks and others so those loans can finance even more home purchases. The federal government took over Fannie Mae and its ailing sibling, Freddie Mac, during the housing crisis. The company is only now getting back on its feet, and returned to profitability in 2012 for the first time since 2006.

Trivia

More than half the company's 7,000 employees have been hired since the mortgage finance giant was placed in conservatorship in 2008.

Washington

202-752-7000

Founded: 1938

President and CEO: Timothy J. Mayopoulos

Revenue: $14021000000

Assets: $3211484000000

Employees (local): 7000 (4500)

NOTE: Our methodology for the rankings.
DATE: Dec. 17, 2012
CREDIT: Dan Beyers, Sarah Halzack, Greg Linch, Jason Bartz - The Washington Post.