QUALCOMM INC.

CEO: Paul Jacobs

Revenue: $14.9 billion in FY 2011; $10.9 billion in FY 2010.

Net income: $4.26 billion in FY 2011: $3.25 billion in FY 2010.

No. of local employees: 14,600.

Headquarters: Sorrento Valley.

Company description: Developer and maker of advanced wireless technologies.

Key factors for success: Attraction of top engineering talent; major emphasis on research and development; continuous focus on innovation.

Now that its technology and semiconductor chips have become a fixture in the digital person-to-person communication space, Qualcomm Inc...

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