The consumer world is much smaller than we think. These 10 companies pretty much control everything we see , eat, wear and buy.
These companies – Nestle, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Unilever, Danone, General Mills, Kellogg’s, Mars, Associated British Foods, and Mondelez – each employ thousands and make billions of dollars in revenue every year.
Here’s a further breakdown of the companies that own the brands and products we use every day:
Number 10: Nestlé
Nestle own over 8,500 different brands in 80 countries.
Most of the products that you buy are owned by a surprisingly small number of monopolistic companies. Take Nestlé, for example… They own over 8,500 different brands in 80 countries. We know you heard of Aero, Kit Kat, Milky Bar, etc.
But then there are some products that you probably never imagined would be owned by the chocolate giant, such as Purina Pet Food, Hot Pockets, Gerber Baby Food, Shredded Wheat…
Number 9 : Lockheed Martin
With global military expenditure standing at over $1.7 trillion every year, it’s no surprise that companies producing and supplying weapons exert a huge amount of power over world events.
Lockheed Martin is the world’s largest weapons manufacturer. They employ 126,000 people and rake in $69.3 billion a year in profit. They tend to offer their financial support to political candidates who advocate higher national defense spending, in order to ensure more investment in their own products.
Number 8 : Quanta Computer Inc.
Macs, Dells, Hps, Sonys, Toshibas – all these laptops come from the same manufacturer : Quanta Computer Inc.
Quanta is a Taiwan-based manufacturer of notebook computers and other electronic hardware, which was founded in 1988. With approximately 70% of adults in the Western World owning a laptop, this equates to a simply gigantic reach for Quanta.
Number 7 : Inbev
There is actually only one company who has a huge monopoly over the beer industry : Inbev
It’s no secret that alcohol plays a big role in society. 56% of American adults questioned in a 2015 National Survey admitted to drinking in the past month. An estimated 88,000 people die from alcohol-related causes every year and excessive drinking costs the health service a whopping $223.5 billion a year.
Number 6 : Pfizer
Pfizer is an american based global pharmaceutical corporation, making $40 billion in profit every year.
It’s the largest research-based drugmaker in the world, with its products marketed in more than 150 countries. The industry for painkillers, antibiotics and vitamin supplements is currently booming, with experts estimating that the global pharma market will reach $1.12 trillion by 2022.
This basically puts a large proportion of the world’s population under the thumb of the planet’s big pharmaceutical companies, such as Pfizer.The drug giant was fined over $100 million for illegally hiking up the price of the anti-epilepsy drug by 2,600% overnight.
Number 5 : Pearson
Pearson has a huge monopoly over the education sector, so huge that it’s been able to hike up the prices without anyone being able to stop them.
Despite being based in London 60% of its sales go to the United States, and it operates in more than 70 countries. The company owns numerous educational publishing giants, such as Penguin, Harcourt and Prentice Hall.
According to the Huffington Post, textbook prices have increased a whopping 812% in the last 30 years, allegedly due to reduced competition brought about by Pearson’s monopoly.
Number 4 : ICBC
The Industrial and Commercial Bank Of China is a state owned banking goliath and undoubtedly the most powerful bank on the planet.
It has over $3 trillion in assests and a market value of $215.6 billion, meaning it reigns supreme at the top of Forbes’ “World’s Biggest Public Companies” list.
Number 3 : Monsanto
The American giant specializing in agricultural biotechnology is estimated to be worth a huge $65 billion.
It has nearly complete control over the American seed market.
Number 2 : Disney
More than half of the highest grossing movies of the last decade are owned by Disney, showing how tight their grip over the film world is.
Over the years, The Walt Disney Company has acquired a few high-profile movie production companies. Most notably, there were purchases of Marvel Entertainment in 2009 and Lucasfilm in 2012, both of which cost over $4 billion. They own TV networks ABC, ESPN and The History Channel.
Number 1 : Alphabet Inc
Not many people know that this company actually owns Google. Alphabet Inc. was founded in 2015 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the two founders of Google. So, in a nutshell, Google has spun off from Google and renamed itself Alphabet which now owns Google.
So the services we all know and love as part of Google, YouTube, Chrome, Android and Google Maps, are not going to be put at risk by the company’s new ventures. Such ventures include research company The X Lab, which is developing driverless cars, and the Calico life extension project.
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