IT 100 Special Report 2006 >




(NasdaqNM: YHOO)


Sometimes second place isn't so shabby. Yahoo! continues to lose search market share to Google, owning 28% of all U.S. searches vs. 43% for its rival. But its still-sizeable position of the booming search market, coupled with its wide array of other Internet businesses, from fantasy sports leagues to online personals, has translated into impressive growth. Yahoo's net profits soared 127% in 2005, while net sales jumped 42%. Despite the performance, investors want to see Yahoo mount a better challenge to Google. Its stock is down 20%, to $30, since the beginning of 2005.

Company Info

2005 Rank


($ Millions)


Sales Growth
(over prev. year)

42 %

($ Millions)


Return on Equity

21.9 %

Total Return on Sales (12-mo.)


Share Price
As of 5/31/06



NasdaqNM: YHOO

No. of Employees


Industry Internet Companies
*Trailing 12 months
Stock price data as of 5/31/06
DATA: Standard & Poor's Compustat

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Company Snapshot

Yahoo! and its subsidiaries provide Internet services to users and businesses worldwide. It offers online properties and services to users and a range of tools and marketing solutions to businesses. In addition, the company offers communications and connected life products that provide a range of communication and content services to users and small businesses.Yahoo has strategic alliances with, AT&T, BT Group, Rogers Cable, and Verizon Communications. Yahoo! was founded by David Filo and Jerry Yang in 1994 and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif.

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Terry S. Semel

Terry S. Semel, 61

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Total Compensation


Value of Options


Long Island University - BS

Terry Semel has been chief executive officer and chairman of Yahoo! since May, 2001. He has led a successful transition of Yahoo by identifying and pursuing new opportunities within its two core businesses—marketing services and consumer services. In 1981, he was appointed as vice-chairman and chief operating officer of Warner Bros., teaming with Robert Daly in an enduring and successful partnership. For more than 10 years prior to that, Semel was president of Warner Bros. From March, 1994, to September 1999, he served as chairman and co-chief executive officer of the Warner Bros. Div. of Time Warner Entertainment, and also of Warner Music Group, from November, 1995, until September, 1999. Semel serves as a senior adviser of RRE Investors, vice-chairman of the Committee for the Arts and Humanities, and has been director of Polo Ralph Lauren since September, 1997. He serves as a director of Yahoo, Emerson College, and the Guggenheim Museum. Semel received a bachelor's degree in Accounting from Long Island University.

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