When Bradley Jacobs (pictured) took control of Express-1 Expedited Solutions Inc. in September 2011 and turned it into XPO Logistics Inc. (NYSE:XPO), the company's modest annual revenue hovered at $175 million with just four locations.

Today, the transportation services company and third-party logistics provider generates $900 million across 89 locations. Jacobs credits much of the growth to M&A.

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