Essent Guaranty


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Growth: 169.7%
2012 revenue: $48,716,000
2013 revenue: $131,403,000

Essent Group Ltd., through its subsidiaries, operates as a mortgage insurance company in the United States. It offers private mortgage insurance, including primary and pool insurance products, as well as reinsurance products for mortgages secured by residential properties.

The second mortgage insurance company to make an appearance on the 2014 HW Fast50, Essent is backed by billionaire investor George Soros, whose Soros Fund Management group owns an 8.7 percent stake, and Goldman Sachs Group Inc., who owns about 7 percent of the company’s stock.