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    Football, College Towns, Affordable Homes... Oh, My!

    Texas Triangle top-ranked in college football and affordable homes

    Real estate agency Coldwell Banker has cleverly ranked college towns based not only on average home price for a 2,200 square foot home but also in terms of BCS standings. Texas performs well along both axes.

    Fort Worth and Houston are highlighted as having football-teams-to-watch this year, currently ranked in the BCS top 25 standings, and also being front-runners for home buyers:

    • Fort Worth, Texas (Texas Christian University), $153,450
    • Houston, Texas (University of Houston), $159,847
    • Cincinnati, Ohio (University of Cincinnati), $189,750
    • Boise, Idaho (Boise State University), $215,432
    • Iowa City, Iowa (University of Iowa), $217,500
    The following Texas Triangle towns are ranked as being in the top 10 most affordable college markets:

    -5th Fort Worth....Texas Christian University....$153,450
    -7th Denton..........University of North Texas....$154,900
    -8th Houson..........Rice & Univ. of Houston.....$159,847


    A further 110 more college towns are ranked by Coldwell. Below are the other Lonestar college towns on the list. (Aggies will note they edged out UT by a mere $142):

    -17th Lubbock.........Texas Tech University...$175,225
    -38th Waco.............Baylor University.............$201,000
    -52nd El Paso..........UT - El Paso.....................$218,000
    -58th Coll. Station...Texas A&M.....................$226,500
    -59th Austin...........UT - Austin.......................$226,642
    -101st Dallas...........Southern Methodist..........$332,375







    You can find the complete list here. .:.



    Friday

    Largest Private Companies

    Magazine debuts latest list of big non-publics

    Raising the floor to $2 billion in sales to make the list, a number of Texas companies were cut from Forbes' list in 2009.

    • Austin Industries
    • Brookshire Brothers
    • CompuCom Systems
    • David Weekley Homes
    • Freeman
    • Goodman Manufacturing
    • GSC Enterprises
    • HealthMarkets
    • Interstate Battery System International
    • Safety-Kleen Systems
    • The Brock Group
    • Truman Arnold Cos
    • Vought Aircraft Industries
    • Warren Equipment
    • Williamson-Dickie Manufacturing
    Nevertheless, 23 Lonestar firms made it onto the list of the 250 largest companies in the U.S. .:.

    Texas Rank.....Overall Rank.....Company
    1.....19.....HE Butt Grocery
    2.....26.....Energy Future Holdings
    3.....67.....Freescale Semiconductor
    4.....68.....Gulf States Toyota
    5.....85.....Republic National Distributing Company
    6.....103.....Michaels Stores
    7.....109.....Neiman Marcus Group
    8.....128.....US Oncology
    9.....145.....Glazer's Wholesale Drug
    10.....147.....Sabre Holdings
    11.....149.....Grocers Supply
    12.....156.....Hunt Consolidated/Hunt Oil
    13.....162.....Sammons Enterprises
    14.....163.....Zachry Construction
    15.....166.....Interstate Bakeries
    16.....169.....Ben E Keith
    17.....175.....Mary Kay
    18.....193.....Camac International
    19.....206.....Brookshire Grocery
    20.....210.....Academy Sports & Outdoors
    21.....214.....Dresser
    22.....223.....Merit Energy
    23.....227.....Metals USA

    Texas Billionaires

    This year's Forbes list of the 400 richest Americans is replete with Texans, 42 to be exact. Their average is is 65 and a half and their average net worth is $2.9 billion. Just 42.8 percent of these billionaire Texans got their money from energy or energy related endeavors.

    Below is the list of Texas, with hyperlinks to their individual profiles on Forbes.com. .:.


    Texas Rank.....Overall Ranking.....Source of Wealth.....URL

    1.....6.....Retail.....Alice Walton
    2.....13.....Tech/Telecom.....Michael Dell
    3.....30.....Energy.....Dan Duncan
    4.....52.....Finance.....Andrew Beal
    5.....64.....Energy.....Robert Rowling
    6.....65.....Retail.....John Paul DeJoria
    7.....65.....Energy.....Robert M. Bass
    8.....65.....Retail.....Charles Butt
    9.....80.....Finance.....Harold Simmons
    10.....85.....Tech/Telecom.....Henry Ross Perot
    11.....91.....Finance.....John Arnold
    12.....94.....Energy.....Richard Kinder
    13.....97.....Energy.....Ray Lee Hunt
    14.....123.....Real Estate.....Richard Rainwater
    15.....139.....Media/Entertainment.....Mark Cuban
    16.....158.....Energy.....George Phydias Mitchell
    17.....158.....Energy.....Timothy Headington
    18.....158.....Energy.....Lee Bass
    19.....158.....Energy.....Sid Bass
    20.....196.....Media/Entertainment.....Jerral Jones
    22.....204.....Finance.....David Bonderman
    23.....220.....Retail.....Thomas Friedkin
    24.....236.....Legal.....Joseph Jamail
    25.....236.....Energy.....Jeffrey Hildebrand
    26.....236.....Energy.....Trevor Rees-Jones
    27.....236.....Energy.....Edward Bass
    28.....272.....Retail.....Drayton McLane Jr.
    29.....289.....Finance.....Gerald J. Ford
    30.....289.....Energy.....Kelcy Warren
    31.....296.....Media/Entertainment.....B.J. (Red) McCombs
    32.....317.....Tech/Telecom.....Henry Ross Perot Jr.
    33.....326.....Media/Entertainment.....Todd Wagner
    34.....326.....Energy.....Robert McNair
    35.....341.....Energy.....Kenneth Adams Jr.
    36.....341.....Energy.....T. Boone Pickens
    37.....347.....Food.....Christopher (Kit) Goldsbury
    38.....366.....Energy.....William (Tex) Moncrief Jr.
    39.....371.....Tech/Telecom.....Kenny Troutt
    40.....371.....Finance.....Thomas Hicks
    41.....371.....Energy.....Ray C. Davis
    42.....399.....Finance.....Sam Wyly

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