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The Biggest Companies in the World: 50 Years Ago and Today

As the decade comes to a close, it’s fun to look back on the history of business. In this case, a long way back – 50 years. Fortune magazine has been tracking the largest corporations in the world for over 50 years now, and it’s crazy to see just how big companies have gotten in 2019 compared to the 1969 archive

Check out our list of the biggest companies in the world, 50 years ago and today. Can you identify all the companies on the list in 1969 that are still on the list in 2019? There a a few. And the crazy part is the company in the number 2 spot … was there 50 years ago, too!

Ranking: 55

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1969 – Unocal

Industry: Oil and Gas

Revenue: $1.536 billion.

Profit: $0.1512 billion.

What the company is known for: Unocal was a major petroleum exporter in the late 19th and early 20th century. It was headquartered in California since its founding in 1890, but went defunct as of 2005 except for its Asia operations.

Status in 2019: Defunct.

2019 – HP

Industry: Technology

Revenue: $58.472 billion.

Profit: $5.327 billion.

What the company is known for: HP is a conglomerate technology company that makes multiple different tech products and offers many different services. Founded in 1939, the company has grown and split multiple times over its nearly hundred year history.

Ranking: 54

54

1969 – International Paper

Industry: Manufacturing

Revenue: $1.5618 billion.

Profit: $0.0999 billion.

What the company is known for: The International Paper Company is employs over 56,000 people today – over 120 years from its founding in 1898. The company now boasts over $20 billion in revenue.

Status in 2019: Still operating.

2019 – Sysco

Industry: Food Service

Revenue: $58.727 billion.

Profit: $1.4308 billion.

What the company is known for: Sysco is a multinational corporation that handles marketing and distribution of food products, kitchen equipment, and more to the hospitality and education industry. The company is headquartered in Houston, Texas, and has over 66,000 employees.

Ranking: 53

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1969 – Sperry

Industry: Clothing and shoes.

Revenue: $1.5628 billion.

Profit: $0.064 billion.

What the company is known for: Sperry is a brand of high end shoes, primarily for boating and outdoor summer wearing. Founded in 1935 by Paul Sperry, the company now sells their shoes worldwide.

Status in 2019: Still operating.

2019 – Walt Disney

Industry: Entertainment

Revenue: $59.434 billion.

Profit: $12.598 billion.

What the company is known for: The Walt Disney Company is one of the most famous brands in the world. The company has produced timeless movie classics, has theme parks, and sells billions in merchandise every year through its other businesses like cruise lines.

Ranking: 52

52

1969 – Burlington Industries Equity

Industry: Manufacturing

Revenue: $1.6193 billion.

Profit: $0.079 billion.

What the company is known for: Burlington Industries is an American fabric maker based in North Carolina. Founded in 1923, the company has consistently grown in its nearly 100 year history and now employs over 8,000 people.

Status in 2019: Still operating.

2019 – Albertsons

Industry: Grocery

Revenue: $59.925 billion.

Profit: $0.0463 billion.

What the company is known for: Albertsons is a large grocery chain initially founded in Idaho. The company has over 260,000 employees, making it one of the largest employers in the United States.

Ranking: 51

51

1969 – American Can

Industry: Manufacturing

Revenue: $1.633 billion.

Profit: $0.0776 billion.

What the company is known for: The American Can Company was founded in 1901 and, as the name suggests, made and sold cans (primarily tin cans). It was a large supplier during WWII, and grew after the war. However, the company rebranded to Primerica, moved into the financial conglomerate industry, and divested from the packaging / can business in 1987.

Status in 2019: Defunct.

2019 – Centene

Industry: Healthcare

Revenue: $60.116 billion.

Profit: $0.9 billion.

What the company is known for: Centene Corporation is a healthcare organization that provides managed care services to people who need long-term care. The company employs over 33,000 people and has revenues of over $60 billion.

Ranking: 50

50

1969 – Dow Chemical

Industry: Chemicals

Revenue: $1.7 billion dollars.

Profit: $0.14 billion dollars.

What the company was known for: Creating the chemicals and plastics that we use in our everyday life, from pesticides and tupperware.

Status in 2019: Still operating and has acquired many other companies, both on this list and not.

2019 – Prudential Financial

Industry: Financial Services

Revenue: $62.99 billion dollars.

Profit: $4.07 billion dollars.

What the company is known for: Building multiple financial products for homeowners: insurance, mortgages, and more.

Ranking: 49

49

1969 – Borden Chemical

Industry: Chemicals

Revenue: $1.67 billion dollars.

Profit: $0.04 billion dollars.

What the company was known for: Initially founded as a condensed milk company, it became a chemical company after acquiring another business that had was in the chemicals industry.

Status in 2019: Now part of Hexion Speciality Chemicals.

2019 – Archer Daniels Midland

Industry: Food products

Revenue: $64.34 billion dollars.

Profit: $1.81 billion dollars.

What the company is known for: Focusing on agricultural processing, ADM produces a lot of the plant-based food products in the world.

Ranking: 48

48

1969 – Occidental Petroleum

Industry: Oil and Gas

Revenue: $1.69 billion dollars.

Profit: $0.13 billion dollars.

What the company was known for: An oil and gas company that looks at hydrocarbon exploration, hoping to create new chemicals that will be used in our everyday lives.

Status in 2019: Still operating.

2019 – PepsiCo

Industry: Consumer packaged goods

Revenue: $64.66 billion dollars.

Profit: $12.51 billion dollars.

What the company is known for: Famous for its signature cola drink, Pepsi also owns numerous brands you’ve probably heard of including Fritos, Lays, and more.

Ranking: 47

47

1969 – Textron

Industry: Conglomerate

Revenue: $1.7 billion dollars.

Profit: $0.07 billion dollars.

What the company was known for: You’ve probably not heard of Textron before, since it’s a conglomerate. However, the conglomerate owns brands in aviation, aerospace, and banking. They’re from New England but operate nationally, so it’s possible you’ve interacted with them at some point.

Status in 2019: Still operating.

2019 – FedEx

Industry: Shipping

Revenue: $65.45 billion dollars.

Profit: $4.57 billion dollars.

What the company is known for: FedEx is famous for starting because of an idea the founder wrote about in a Yale College paper that got a C+ grade. He may not have aced the paper, but he aced the business, and now the shipping giant is all over the world.

Ranking: 46

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1969 – Caterpillar

Industry: Manufacturing

Revenue: $1.7 billion dollars.

Profit: $0.12 billion dollars.

What the company was known for: If you’ve ever been on a farm, chances are you’ve seen the big yellow “Cat” somewhere. It’s one of the biggest manufacturers of agricultural equipment in the world.

Status in 2019: Still operating.

2019 – United Technologies

Industry: Technology

Revenue: $66.5 billion dollars.

Profit: $5.26 billion dollars.

What the company is known for: United Technologies is a global conglomerate that owns a lot of brands in the manufacturing and technology space. For example, Pratt and Whitney is a major aircraft engine manufacturer that probably worked on the engine of a plane you’ve flown on.

Ranking: 45

45

1969 – Sealed Air

Industry: Packaging

Revenue: $1.7 billion dollars.

Profit: $0.03 billion dollars.

What the company was known for: Sealed Air products are used in all sorts of food packages. The company makes those air-tight packages so bacteria doesn’t get in and your food stays fresh longer.

Status in 2019: Still operating.

2019 – Procter & Gamble

Industry: Consumer packaged goods

Revenue: $66.8 billion dollars.

Profit: $9.75 billion dollars.

What the company is known for: Procter & Gamble owns dozens of brands around the world such as Dawn, Bounty, Crest, and Charmin. Chances are you’ve used one of their products at some point in your life.

Ranking: 44

44

1969 – General Foods

Industry: Food products

Revenue: $1.73 billion dollars.

Profit: $0.1 billion dollars.

What the company was known for: General Foods was famous in its day for cereals. It eventually fell into the fold of another major food company, Kraft, and ceased operations.

Status in 2019: Ceased operations in 1990.

2019 – MetLife

Industry: Insurance

Revenue: $67.9 billion dollars.

Profit: $5.1 billion dollars.

What the company is known for: MetLife focuses on insurance and employee benefits, which means you could be one of the millions of employees whose coverage is handled by MetLife.

Ranking: 43

43

1969 – Singer

Industry: Manufacturing

Revenue: $1.7billion dollars.

Profit: $0.06 billion dollars.

What the company was known for: Singer is famous for its sewing machines and the innovations it made in the fabrics industry. The company is still in operation today, always offering new things to people who sew.

Status in 2019: Acquired by SVP Worldwide in 2004 and still operating.

2019 – Intel

Industry: Technology

Revenue: $70.8 billion dollars.

Profit: $21 billion dollars.

What the company is known for: Intel makes computer processing chips. Chances are you’ve heard their famous slogan, “Intel inside” and use a computer that’s built with an Intel chip.

Ranking: 42

42

1969 – Sunoco

Industry: Oil and Gas

Revenue: $1.7 billion dollars.

Profit: $0.16 billion dollars.

What the company was known for: Sunoco is a huge chain of gas stations that operates in Canada and the US. If you drive, chances are you’ve filled up at a Sunoco station before.

Status in 2019: Still operating.

2019 – Lowe’s

Industry: Retail

Revenue: $71.3 billion dollars.

Profit: $2.3 billion dollars.

What the company is known for: Lowe’s is a home improvement retailer that operates across North America. They are well known for their clean stores and want to be known for their helpful staff.

Ranking: 41

41

1969 – Monsanto

Industry: Agriculture

Revenue: $1.79 billion dollars.

Profit: $0.1 billion dollars.

What the company was known for: Monsanto is a global agriculture company known for its huge farms. While the company produces a large amount of the world’s produce and food, it’s also a company with a lot of controversy – not everyone agrees that Monsanto’s business practices are good for the world or for people.

Status in 2019: Still operating.

2019 – United Parcel Service (UPS)

Industry: Shipping

Revenue: $71.8 billion dollars.

Profit: $4.7 billion dollars.

What the company is known for: UPS is a global shipping company with its trademark brown color. It’s also well known because the CEO started giving stock to employees as bonuses. As the company grew over time, so did the wealth of employees. There are even stories of people who were deliverymen for 30 years retiring as a millionaire.

Ranking: 40

40

1969 – Litton Industries

Industry: Aerospace

Revenue: $1.8 billion dollars.

Profit: $0.05 billion dollars.

What the company was known for: Litton is a large defence contractor that works with the United States government. Founded in 1953, the company rapidly grew in size and prestige. However, work slowed and the company started to decline. It sold off other businesses it owned to stay afloat, including Stouffer’s Frozen Foods, and eventually was acquired.

Status in 2019: Acquired by Northrop Grumman in 2001 and now defunct.

2019 – Freddie Mac

Industry: Financial Services

Revenue: $73.5 billion dollars.

Profit: $9.2 billion dollars.

What the company is known for: Freddie Mac is a government-owned corporation that provides a secondary market for mortgages. For example, if you get a mortgage with Bank A and Bank A no longer wants to hold your mortgage, they can sell it through Freddie Mac to Bank B. Nothing changes for you – you still make your monthly payments – but the banks get the opportunity to shift up their balance sheets.

Ranking: 39

39

1969 – Tenneco Automotive

Industry: Automotive

Revenue: $2 billion dollars.

Profit: $0.16 billion dollars.

What the company was known for: Tenneco started as a natural gas company founded in Chicago. A wide ranging history has the company re-emerge multiple times in different industries such as food packing, construction, and more. Now, the company is a multinational conglomerate that owns many brands in the automotive manufacturing industry.

Status in 2019: Still operating.

2019 – Target

Industry: Retail

Revenue: $75.3 billion dollars.

Profit: $2.9 billion dollars.

What the company is known for: Target is a massive American retailer that sells just about anything. The stores are often big and appear in suburban areas and outdoor malls. If you need something, from clothes to TVs to music, you can probably find it at Target.

Ranking: 38

38

1969 – Armour

Industry: Food products

Revenue: $2 billion dollars.

Profit: $0.01 billion dollars.

What the company was known for: Armour & Company used to be one of the five biggest meat packing companies in the United States. In the late 1800’s, the company was named the most important in Chicago. Over the 20th century, business began to falter due to increasing competition. Eventually, the business was split up and each of its pieces acquired by other corporations.

Status in 2019: Ceased operations in 1983 after selling off its businesses to many corporations including Smithfield Foods, ConAgra Brands, Forest Labs, and Henkel.

2019 – IBM

Industry: Technology

Revenue: $79 billion dollars.

Profit: $8.7 billion dollars.

What the company is known for: IBM is a major technology corporation that’s been going strong for decades. In 2019 they are known particularly well for their AI technology, called Watson, that famously won at Jeopardy and was capable of beating chess masters using artificial intelligence.

Ranking: 37

37

1969 – ConocoPhillips (The Phillips Petroleum Company)

Industry: Oil and Gas

Revenue: $2.1 billion dollars.

Profit: $0.13 billion dollars.

What the company was known for: The Phillips Petroleum Company was an oil and gas business that operated throughout the United States. It eventually merged with Conoco in 2002, renaming the organization to ConocoPhillips, which is still in use today.

Status in 2019: Merged with Conoco to become ConocoPhillips.

2019 – Johnson & Johnson

Industry: Consumer packaged goods

Revenue: $81.5 billion dollars.

Profit: $15.2 billion dollars.

What the company is known for: Johnson & Johnson is a multinational conglomerate, like P&G. They own brands like Band Aid, Tylenol, and Neutrogena. You’ve probably used one of their products before without even knowing it!

Ranking: 36

36

1969 – Firestone Tire & Rubber

Industry: Automotive

Revenue: $2.1 billion dollars.

Profit: $0.12 billion dollars.

What the company was known for: Originally founded in 1900 by Harvey Firestone, the company sold tires for fire apparatus. Through his personal friendship with Henry Ford, Firestone became a tire supplier for the Ford Motor Company. The company continued to grow but eventually began to falter and was sold.

Status in 2019: Acquired by Bridgestone Corporation in 1988, still operating today.

2019 – State Farm Insurance

Industry: Insurance

Revenue: $81.7 billion dollars.

Profit: $8.7 billion dollars.

What the company is known for: With its catchy slogan, “Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there!” the company wants you to know they are not any old insurance provider. They want to be seen as helpful and as a partner in your problems.

Ranking: 35

35

1969 – Lockheed Martin

Industry: Aerospace

Revenue: $2.2 billion dollars.

Profit: $0.04 billion dollars.

What the company was known for: Lockheed Martin is an American aerospace firm. Most well known for its fighter jets and other military products, the company is the world’s largest defence contractor. It receives nearly 10% of all payouts from the Pentagon in any given year.

Status in 2019: Still operating.

2019 – DuPont de Nemours, part of Dow Chemical

Industry: Chemicals

Revenue: $85.9 billion dollars.

Profit: $3.8 billion dollars.

What the company is known for: The second evolution of DuPont, before it officially merged with Dow Chemical, DuPont de Nemours continued the original vision of DuPont to use science innovation to make the world a better place.

Ranking: 34

34

1969 – Conoco

Industry: Oil and Gas

Revenue: $2.2 billion dollars.

Profit: $0.15 billion dollars.

What the company was known for: Founded in 1875 as the Continential Oil and Transportation Company, the organization ran for years. However, business became difficult due to increasing competition and was sold in 1929. While it ran as its own brand, the name was shortened to Continential Oil Company, and eventually shortened again to Conoco.

Status in 2019: Merged with Phillips to become ConocoPhillips.

2019 – Dell Technologies

Industry: Technology

Revenue: $90.6 billion dollars.

Loss: $-2.31 billion dollars.

What the company is known for: Micheal Dell, founder of Dell, loved building computers. He envisioned a world where everyone should be able to build their own custom computer, and that’s how be built Dell. You can buy off the shelf models, of course, but you can also customize nearly anything you want.

Ranking: 33

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1969 – United Technologies

Industry: Technology

Revenue: $2.4 billion dollars.

Profit: $0.06 billion dollars.

What the company was known for: Originally United Aircraft, United Technologies grew over time through acquisitions. The company shifted focus from any one product to becoming a holding company that owns many high tech companies.

Status in 2019: Still operating.

2019 – Anthem

Industry: Healthcare

Revenue: $92.1 billion dollars.

Profit: $3.7 billion dollars.

What the company is known for: Anthem is a health insurance plan provider. They work with different medical providers to offer insurance for healthcare, drugs, dental, vision, and more.

Ranking: 32

32

1969 – Kraft

Industry: Food products

Revenue: $2.4 billion dollars.

Profit: $0.07 billion dollars.

What the company was known for: Kraft is a food processing company, but you probably already knew that because of their famous Kraft mac and cheese. Now the company owns many other food products and is part of Heinz, which is famous for its Heinz ketchup. Since ketchup tastes great on mac and cheese, the merger seemed like a perfect fit.

Status in 2019: Still operating.

2019 – Comcast

Industry: Telecom

Revenue: $94.5 billion dollars.

Profit: $11.7 billion dollars.

What the company is known for: Comcast is a major telecom conglomerate company in the United States. They offer internet, cable, phone, and other telecom services to millions of Americans.

Ranking: 31

31

1969 – Navistar International

Industry: Automotive

Revenue: $2.5 billion dollars.

Profit: $0.075 billion dollars.

What the company was known for: Formerly the International Harvester Company, Navistar is an American holding company that owns multiple commercial manufacturers. They operate mostly in transportation, owning brands that build trucks, busses, and engine parts.

Status in 2019: Still operating.

2019 – Marathon Petroleum

Industry: Oil and Gas

Revenue: $97.1 billion dollars.

Profit: $2.78 billion dollars.

What the company is known for: Marathon is an American petroleum company that used to be a wholly owned subsidiary of Marathon Oil until it was spun off into its own organization. Now, it’s the largest petroleum refinery operator in the United States, with 16 refineries.

Ranking: 30

30

1969 – Procter & Gamble

Industry: Consumer packaged goods

Revenue: $2.5 billion dollars.

Profit: $0.2 billion dollars.

What the company was known for: Procter & Gamble owns dozens of brands around the world such as Dawn, Bounty, Crest, and Charmin. Chances are you’ve used one of their products at some point in your life.

Status in 2019: Still operating.

2019 – Citigroup

Industry: Financial Services

Revenue: $97.1 billion dollars.

Profit: $18 billion dollars.

What the company is known for: Citigroup is a major global investment bank. While they don’t offer much in the way of retail offerings, they do bank underwriting to help companies go public on major stock exchanges. They own major subsidiaries around the world and operate in countries such as Japan, India, China, and Australia.

Ranking: 29

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1969 – Rockwell Automation

Industry: Technology

Revenue: $2.6 billion dollars.

Profit: $0.07 billion dollars.

What the company was known for: Rockwell Automation provides automation software and services to a wide variety of clients. Founded in 1903 under a different name, the company employs over 22,000 people and has customers in more than 80 countries around the world.

Status in 2019: Still operating.

2019 – Wells Fargo

Industry: Financial Services

Revenue: $101 billion dollars.

Profit: $22.3 billion dollars.

What the company is known for: Wells Fargo started in 1852 in San Francisco as a bank for the west. It’s now a multinational bank offering both retail and commercial services. Despite coming under fire for various potentially illegal actions, the bank is still growing.

Ranking: 28

28

1969 – Eastman Kodak

Industry: Photography

Revenue: $2.6 billion dollars.

Profit: $0.3 billion dollars.

What the company was known for: Kodak was one of the first companies to move into what was then a new industry: photography. They evolved over time into all sorts of printing – you can now buy Kodak printers and other types of technology on top of cameras. The company stumbled a bit in the past, but are still going strong.

Status in 2019: Still operating.

2019 – Boeing

Industry: Aerospace

Revenue: $101.1 billion dollars.

Profit: $10.4 billion dollars.

What the company is known for: Despite coming under fire for controversy surrounding the Boeing 737-Max 8, the company is still going strong and making billions of dollars. The 747 is still the official Air Force One, and their planes can be seen in airports around the world.

Ranking: 27

27

1969 – General Dynamics

Industry: Aerospace

Revenue: $2.6 billion dollars.

Profit: $0.03 billion dollars.

What the company was known for: General Dynamics is a global aerospace company. They produce business jets, combat vehicles, fighter jets, and more for different businesses and governments around the world.

Status in 2019: Still operating.

2019 – Home Depot

Industry: Retail

Revenue: $108.2 billion dollars.

Profit: $11.1 billion dollars.

What the company is known for: Home Depot is a massive home improvement retailer. Their slogan “you can do it, we can help” showed millions of people how they can be better at do-it-yourself home improvement. Now, the retailer operates across North America and employs thousands of people.

Ranking: 26

26

1969 – Union Carbide

Industry: Chemicals

Revenue: $2.6 billion dollars.

Profit: $0.15 billion dollars.

What the company was known for: Union Carbide was a chemical and polymer production company. It was founded in 1917 after a merger with the National Carbon Company, but faltered in the later parts of the 1900s and eventually was acquired by Dow Chemical.

Status in 2019: Now part of Dow Chemical.

2019 – Microsoft

Industry: Technology

Revenue: $110.3 billion dollars.

Profit: $16.5 billion dollars.

What the company is known for: When Bill Gates started Microsoft, he did it with a vision that the new world of computers would rely on software, not hardware. He was mostly right. Now Microsoft is a global company that makes all kinds of computer software and gadgets. Gates is mostly retired, but the new CEO Satya Nadella has a lot of insights to share.

Ranking: 25

25

1969 – LTV Corporation

Industry: Conglomerate

Revenue: $2.7 billion dollars.

Profit: $0.036 billion dollars.

What the company was known for: LTV was a major conglomerate with billions of dollars in assets, owning companies in a wide variety of industries. After multiple failures and legal issues, the company filed for bankruptcy in 2000.

Status in 2019: Went bankrupt in 2000.

2019 – Bank of America

Industry: Financial Services

Revenue: $110.5 billion dollars.

Profit: $28.1 billion dollars.

What the company is known for: Bank of America, also known as BoA, is a large bank in the United States that offers both retail and commercial banking services. They operate around the country through the BoA brand and other brands including Merryl Lynch, so there’s a chance that you use one of their brands in your everyday financial life.

Ranking: 24

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1969 – Esmark

Industry: Industrials

Revenue: $2.8 billion dollars.

Loss: $-0.041 billion dollars.

What the company was known for: Esmark has a unique history, being reincarnated three times by different people. It was in the petroleum business, food processing, and more.

Status in 2019: Reincarnated three times in different industries – still operational. .

2019 – Valero Energy

Industry: Utilities

Revenue: $111.4 billion dollars.

Profit: $3.1 billion dollars.

What the company is known for: Valero is an international manufacturer of transportation fuels, petrochemical products, and power. The company owns many oil refineries and produces millions of barrels of oil per day.

Ranking: 23

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1969 – Bethlehem Steel

Industry: Steel

Revenue: $2.8 billion dollars.

Profit: $0.16 billion dollars.

What the company was known for: Bethlehem Steel used to be the second largest steel manufacturer and shipbuilder in the United States in the mid-1800s. Over the years, the business began to slow down and stagnate. Multiple business lines were started up that either failed or got sold off. Eventually, the company went bankrupt and its assets were sold off to other steel companies.

Status in 2019: Ceased operations in 2003.

2019 – Phillips 66

Industry: Energy

Revenue: $114.2 billion dollars.

Profit: $5.5 billion dollars.

What the company is known for: Phillips 66 is an American energy company. It came about from parts of the ConocoPhillips Company and other parts of Conoco and Phillips as individual parts.

Ranking: 22

22

1969 – Goodyear Tire & Rubber

Industry: Automotive

Revenue: $2.9 billion dollars.

Profit: $0.14 billion dollars.

What the company was known for: Founded in 1898, Goodyear manufactures tires for a variety of vehicles including retail automobiles all the way to heavy earth-mover machinery. It was founded by Charles Goodyear, the founder of vulcanized rubber, a form of rubber that’s more durable than other forms of the day.

Status in 2019: Still operating.

2019 – Fannie Mae

Industry: Financial Services

Revenue: $120.1 billion dollars.

Profit: $15.9 billion dollars.

What the company is known for: Fannie Mae is a mortgage financer. That means when you go to apply for a mortgage, the people you’re getting it from may not have all the cash on hand to give you a mortgage. In that case, they go to Fannie Mae to help them. It’s part of the intricate system of companies that contributed to the 2008 financial collapse, but the company is still operating.

Ranking: 21

21

1969 – General Telephone & Electronics

Industry: Telecom

Revenue: $2.9 billion dollars.

Profit: $0.2 billion dollars.

What the company was known for: GTE was the largest independent telephone company in the United States during the early days of the telephone. It was eventually acquired by Bell Atlantic in 2000 and took the name Verizon. Some elements of the company continue today but the overall organization had struggles and problems in recent history.

Status in 2019: Ceased operations in 2000.

2019 – General Electric

Industry: Utilities

Revenue: $120.2 billion dollars.

Loss: $-22.3 billion dollars.

What the company is known for: Founded by Thomas Edison in 1889, General Electric was a provider of electricity and light services to people across America. It grew to become one of the largest corporations in the world due to the rise in electricity in people’s homes.

Ranking: 20

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1969 – RCA

Industry: Technology

Revenue: $3.1 billion dollars.

Profit: $0.15 billion dollars.

What the company was known for: Founded as the Radio Corporation of America, the company shortened to RCA when it branched into other businesses than radio. Tough times hit the company throughout the mid-1900s and eventually the different pieces were all sold off.

Status in 2019: Different pieces of the company sold to different acquirers – most still operating.

2019 – Kroger

Industry: Grocery

Revenue: $121.1 billion dollars.

Profit: $3.1 billion dollars.

What the company is known for: Kroger is a large American chain of grocery stores. Founded in Ohio by Bernard Kroger, the retailing company continued to grow since its founding and is now the largest supermarket chain in the US by revenues.

Ranking: 19

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1969 – Amoco

Industry: Chemicals

Revenue: $3.21 billion dollars.

Profit: $0.3 billion dollars.

What the company was known for: Amoco Corporation came out of Standard Oil, founded by John Rockefeller. When the US government forced the breakup of the Standard Oil monopoly, Amoco came out of the Standard Oil Company’s Indiana operations. The company operated independently for decades before business began to falter and it was eventually acquired.

Status in 2019: Now part of BP (British Petroleum).

2019 – Verizon Communications

Industry: Telecom

Revenue: $130.8 billion dollars.

Profit: $15.5 billion dollars.

What the company is known for: Verizon, like AT&T, is a major telecom provider in the United States. They offer cell phone, home phone, internet, TV, and commercial telecom solutions to millions of customers throughout the USA.

Ranking: 18

18

1969 – Boeing

Industry: Aerospace

Revenue: $3.2 billion dollars.

Profit: $0.08 billion dollars.

What the company was known for: Boeing makes airplanes – perhaps the most famous airplane of all time, the 747. Not only was it the first airplane to have two floors on it, it’s also Air Force One, the official airplane of the President of the United States. Not a bad person to be recommending your airplanes!

Status in 2019: Still operating.

2019 – JPMorgan Chase

Industry: Financial Services

Revenue: $131.4 billion dollars.

Profit: $32.4 billion dollars.

What the company is known for: Founded by James Pierpont Morgan as a trading company, the organization traded in bonds and foreign exchange. The organization grew overtime and eventually became the predecessor for JP Morgan Bank, Morgan Stanley Bank, and more. Then JP Morgan merged with Chase bank to create JP Morgan Chase.

Ranking: 17

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1969 – CBS

Industry: Broadcasting

Revenue: $3.2 billion dollars.

Profit: $0.13 billion dollars.

What the company was known for: CBS is a multinational broadcasting company that produces original content, hosts new shows, and sports coverage. One of the major networks in the United States for nearly a century, the company is still in operation and watched by millions of Americans every day.

Status in 2019: Still operating.

2019 – Walgreens Boots Alliance

Industry: Healthcare

Revenue: $131.5 billion dollars.

Profit: $5 billion dollars.

What the company is known for: Walgreens and Boots are both pharmacies that also have a convenience store element to them. Walgreens operates in the US and Boots operates in the UK. The new merger of the organizations created the Alliance in 2014, but both organizations had been in operation for much longer before that.

Ranking: 16

16

1969 – Shell Oil

Industry: Oil and Gas

Revenue: $3.3 billion dollars.

Profit: $0.3 billion dollars.

What the company was known for: Shell Oil was founded in the United States, originally in California. After growing the company, it was sold to Royal Dutch Shell and still operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of Royal Dutch.

Status in 2019: Still operating.

2019 – Cardinal Health

Industry: Healthcare

Revenue: $136.8 billion dollars.

Profit: $0.25 billion dollars.

What the company is known for: Cardinal Health is a multinational health services company. They manufacturing medical and surgical products from things as simple as gloves all the way to fluid management products like hospital tubes. If you’ve been in a hospital, there’s a possibility that you’ve used Cardinal Health products in your life.

Ranking: 15

15

1969 – DuPont

Industry: Chemicals

Revenue: $3.48 billion dollars.

Profit: $0.37 billion dollars.

What the company was known for: DuPont was founded as one of the first companies to innovate in the chemicals world. They wanted to make the world safer and healthier through science innovations.

Status in 2019: Now part of the Dow Chemical .

2019 – Alphabet

Industry: Technology

Revenue: $136.8 billion dollars.

Profit: $30.7 billion dollars.

What the company is known for: Alphabet is Google’s answer to how it can grow. When Google started, it was just a search engine. Then suddenly it became a lot of products – email, search, maps, and more. Alphabet is the new parent company they created to separate out all these businesses, giving each one more opportunity to focus.

Ranking: 14

14

1969 – McDonnell Douglas

Industry: Aerospace

Revenue: $3.6 billion dollars.

Profit: $0.09 billion dollars.

What the company was known for: McDonnell Douglas was a major aerospace company. It was formed in 1967 by the merger of McDonnell Aircraft and Douglas Aircraft, both large companies at the time. Over time, business began to falter and things got tough. The company merged with Boeing in 1997.

Status in 2019: Now part of Boeing.

2019 – Costco Wholesale

Industry: Retail

Revenue: $141.5 billion dollars.

Profit: $3.1 billion dollars.

What the company is known for: Costco is a membership wholesaler. Where most companies don’t charge you to come in the store, they mark up the price of the goods. Costco reverses that. They charge you a membership fee but don’t mark up the price of the goods they sell. You can buy almost anything from Costco – food, home goods, furniture, and more.

Ranking: 13

13

1969 – ChevronTexaco

Industry: Oil and Gas

Revenue: $3.6 billion dollars.

Profit: $0.45 billion dollars.

What the company was known for: ChevronTexaco became the name of Chevron after it acquired the oil company Texaco. However, the name was dropped and changed back to Chevron, which is the name it retains today.

Status in 2019: Still operating.

2019 – General Motors

Industry: Automotive

Revenue: $147 billion dollars.

Profit: $8 billion dollars.

What the company is known for: In 2019, General Motors is smaller than it was at its peak. While still a massive company with over 200,000 employees, it’s a far cry from the nearly half a million employees it used to have. However, GM is now innovating in hybrid and electric vehicles, working to become less dependent on fossil fuels for the future.

Ranking: 12

12

1969 – AT&T Technologies

Industry: Telecom

Revenue: $4 billion dollars.

Profit: $0.19 billion dollars.

What the company was known for: AT&T started as a telecom company, working to help the world be more connected. It continued to grow, acquiring other companies as it went.

Status in 2019: Still operating.

2019 – Ford Motor

Industry: Automotive

Revenue: $160.3 billion dollars.

Profit: $3.6 billion dollars.

What the company is known for: In 2019, Ford is going back to its roots. They are focusing on their pickup truck line, including the world-famous F150. This means they are phasing out a lot of their underperforming cars and other models, but the company is still strong. The Ford family has also gotten back involved after many years of hiatus.

Ranking: 11

11

1969 – ITT Industries

Industry: Manufacturing

Revenue: $4 billion dollars.

Profit: $0.19 billion dollars.

What the company was known for: ITT Industries is a manufacturing company based in New York. The company makes parts that work in energy products, aerospace, and other transportation items. Founded in 1920, the company has been around for a while.

Status in 2019: Still operating.

2019 – Chevron

Industry: Oil and Gas

Revenue: $166.3 billion dollars.

Profit: $14.8 billion dollars.

What the company is known for: Chevron is a multinational energy and oil corporation. Created from the breakup of the Standard Oil Corporation, Chevron rose from the California assets of the company. It then merged with Gulf Oil to make the company even larger.

Ranking: 10

10

1969 – U.S. Steel

Industry: Steel

Revenue: $4.5 billion dollars.

Profit: $0.25 billion dollars.

What the company was known for: US Steel is a major steel company that operates in the United States and Canada (in Canada, the company acquired Stelco and rebranded it to US Steel Canada). The company produces steel and other goods for multiple industries including automotive and construction.

Status in 2019: Still operating.

2019 – AmerisourceBergen

Industry: Healthcare

Revenue: $167.9 billion dollars.

Profit: $1.65 billion dollars.

What the company is known for: AmerisourceBergen is a global healthcare solutions company. They work with many different players in the healthcare industry – pharmacies, health systems, individual practices, and more – to create different drug solutions to a variety of medical challenges.

Ranking: 9

9

1969 – Gulf Oil

Industry: Oil and Gas

Revenue: $4.5 billion dollars.

Profit: $0.62 billion dollars.

What the company was known for: Gulf Oil was a massive oil and gas company – one of the top ten in the country. It merged with the Standard Oil Company of California, both rebranding as Chevron. After the acquisition, the company slowly became defunct.

Status in 2019: Defunct as of 1985.

2019 – AT&T

Industry: Telecom

Revenue: $170.7 billion dollars.

Profit: $19.3 billion dollars.

What the company is known for: AT&T started as a telecom company, working to help the world be more connected. It continued to grow, acquiring other companies as it went. It’s now a holding company and one of the world’s largest telecom companies.

Ranking: 8

8

1969 – Texaco

Industry: Oil and Gas

Revenue: $5.4 billion dollars.

Profit: $0.83 billion dollars.

What the company was known for: Texaco was a major American oil and gas company. It grew, but stumbled. Eventually, it merged with Chevron to form ChevronTexaco.

Status in 2019: Still operating.

2019 – CVS Health

Industry: Healthcare

Revenue: $194.5 billion dollars.

Loss: $-0.59 billion dollars.

What the company is known for: CVS is a national American chain of drugstores and pharmacies. Headquartered in Rhode Island, the company has operations throughout the United States and was originally part of the Melville Corporation before spinning off into its own company in 1996.

Ranking: 7

7

1969 – Mobil

Industry: Oil and Gas

Revenue: $6.2 billion dollars.

Profit: $0.42 billion dollars.

What the company was known for: Mobil was founded from the remains of the Standard Oil Company of New York, and grew into a major national player. In 1999 it merged with Exxon Corporation to found ExxonMobil, which still runs today.

Status in 2019: Merged into ExxonMobil in 1999.

2019 – McKesson

Industry: Healthcare

Revenue: $208.3 billion dollars.

Profit: $0.067 billion dollars.

What the company is known for: McKesson is an American company that operates in many countries around the world. They make pharmaceuticals, medical supplies, and offer health information technology products and services to the healthcare industry.

Ranking: 6

6

1969 – Intl. Business Machines (IBM)

Industry: Technology

Revenue: $6.8 billion dollars.

Profit: $0.87 billion dollars.

What the company was known for: IBM is a major technology corporation that’s been going strong for decades. It was known for providing some of the computers used by the space program and for delivering the first major computing technology to organizations.

Status in 2019: Still operating.

2019 – UnitedHealth Group

Industry: Healthcare

Revenue: $226.2 billion dollars.

Profit: $11.9 billion dollars.

What the company is known for: UnitedHealth Group is a managed health care company based out of Minnesota. It is the largest healthcare company in the world by revenue, and its services are used by over 100 million customers.

Ranking: 5

5

1969 – Chrysler

Industry: Automotive

Revenue: $7.4 billion dollars.

Profit: $0.29 billion dollars.

What the company was known for: Initially one of the “big three” auto manufacturers in the United States, Chrysler was acquired by Fiat International. The company renamed itself to Chrysler Fiat International, and still operates today. The company owns many brands including Alfa Romeo, Dodge, Maserati, Jeep, and Ram.

Status in 2019: Still operating.

2019 – Amazon.com

Industry: E-Commerce

Revenue: $232.8 billion dollars.

Profit: $10 billion dollars.

What the company is known for: Amazon started as an online book store only. But then it became the world’s biggest bookstore. After that, it branched out into other product categories. Now Amazon is one of the largest corporations in the world and sells nearly anything – books, music, furniture, clothes, food – all online.

Ranking: 4

4

1969 – General Electric

Industry: Utilities

Revenue: $8.3 billion dollars.

Profit: $0.3 billion dollars.

What the company was known for: In 2019, General Electric is a multinational conglomerate company. It owns many smaller brands that operate under the GE name, and continues to provide utility and innovation services to customers all over the world.

Status in 2019: Still operating.

2019 – Berkshire Hathaway

Industry: Investing

Revenue: $247.8 billion dollars.

Profit: $4 billion dollars.

What the company is known for: Founded by legendary investor Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway was originally a textile manufacturing company. When Buffett took over, he focused on acquiring a variety of companies. Now the company owns famous brands like GEICO, Duracell, Dairy Queen, Fruit of the Loom, and more.

Ranking: 3

3

1969 – Ford Motor

Industry: Automotive

Revenue: $14 billion dollars.

Profit: $0.62 billion dollars.

What the company was known for: Ford began when founder Henry Ford believed he could make a better mode of transportation inexpensively. Cars used to just be the for rich, but Ford made them for everyone. He even innovated to create the first mainline product V8 engine, a huge feat at the time – and a type of engine still in use in most pickup trucks.

Status in 2019: Still operating.

2019 – Apple

Industry: Technology

Revenue: $265.5 billion dollars.

Profit: $59.5 billion dollars.

What the company is known for: When Steve Jobs founded Apple, he didn’t like that computers were functional, but ugly. He focused heavily on design, betting that people would want to work from a beautiful looking machine, not an ugly computer. He was right. Further innovations such as the Macbook and iPhone cemented Apple as a technology innovator, skyrocketing Apple to be one of the most valuable companies in the world.

Ranking: 2

2

1969 – Exxon

Industry: Oil and Gas

Revenue: $14 billion dollars.

Profit: $1.27 billion dollars.

What the company was known for: Exxon was founded from the remains of the Standard Oil Company of New Jersey. It grew to become a large national player in the oil and gas industry. In 1999 it merged with Mobil to form ExxonMobil, now a massive global conglomerate.

Status in 2019: Merged with Mobil in 1999 to create ExxonMobil.

2019 – ExxonMobil

Industry: Oil and Gas

Revenue: $290.2 billion dollars.

Profit: $20.8 billion dollars.

What the company is known for: ExxonMobil is the world’s largest publicly traded international oil and gas company. They drill for oil, refine, and supply oil and gas to millions of people around the world.

Ranking: 1

1

1969 – General Motors

Industry: Automotive

Revenue: $22.7 billion dollars.

Profit: $1.7 billion dollars.

What the company was known for: General Motors is one of the oldest corporations in America, and used to be its biggest. It was one of the first companies to break a billion dollars in profit, a massive milestone back then (and even now). The company owns lots of different brands including GMC, Chevrolet, and Cadillac.

Status in 2019: Still operating.

2019 – Walmart

Industry: Retail

Revenue: $514.4 billion dollars.

Profit: $6.6 billion dollars.

What the company is known for: When Sam Walton founded Walmart, he wanted to create a store that allowed low income people to have good quality items. He hated that poor people were left out of the shopping experience and often had to make-do with sub-par goods. Walmart changed all of that with their motto of low prices, high quality. The company quickly became popular. It’s now one of the largest companies in the world and employs millions of people world-wide. 

Want to lead one of these companies one day? Here are the leadership qualities you need. Continue reading below.

The best qualities of leadership that every aspiring manager should work toward

If you’re an aspiring leader, you have a lot on your plate. Not only do you need to perform your current job well, but you also have to show leadership potential. Once you get there, the tasks get even greater because you may have a team under you (and even if you’re not a direct people manager, you’ll need to lead projects or teams). It can all be dizzying. But when thinking about the top qualities of leadership, there are a few that stand out from the pack. 

20 – The ability to think on your feet

Thinking on your feet is a top quality of leadership

This scenario could easily happen to you as a new leader or manager: the CEO wants to give you a chance to step into your role. Or perhaps you are at a client meeting and the company wants to officially introduce you to the client. 

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