(Last Updated On: January 1, 2015)
Anybody born in the last 50 years can without much effort affirm that regardless of what you’ve been told by some dull reality show or unpleasant site, we’re all just sitting tight for the day when somebody we know begins shouting ‘SOYLENT GREEN IS PEOPLE!’ as a harbinger for the end of life as we know it.
Call it paranoia, post Cold War dementia or the inescapable decay of positive thinking even in the face of consistently depressing and progressively skeptical examples of human depravity gone insane, however the thought of the world eventually being commandeered and co-selected by heartless gigantic business has been the order of the day for quite a while, and humanity has yet to deal with it.
Ever since 1984, Orwell’s ‘Big Brother’ as faceless, soulless partnerships have been waiting for their opportunity, lulling us into a misguided sensation that all is well and good before ingesting us into their revolting maw of corruption and bedevilment; where do you think the entire thought for “baby” monitors originated from? Think about it people.
Multinational partnerships now control the vast majority of the current worldwide financial parameters which supersede governments and nations, borders and treaties, ideals and philosophies even Khloes and Kourtneys. Profit is where it is at, Daddio, and baby needs a new pair of shoes. So on the drawback, human progress has succumbed to the wrongs of pure greed, yet on the plus side, chicken sandwiches are presently made without bread; can you say ‘win-win’ Batman?
So who are these giant aggregate super overlords you may ask? Just asking the question has most likely put you on their radar, so dress in muted colors and stay inside. Nothing to stress over; strictly a precaution. It’s not like these twisted, degenerate, paranoid entities would be monitoring any and all of their unreasonable intrigues… Shh… you’ve said too much right now. This discussion never happened…
By way of passing, listed down here are the current ten richest corporations on the planet… but you did not see them from me.
10. Royal Dutch Shell – Company Assets: $357.5 billion
In 1985, America’s Shell Chemicals gained both Netherlands’ Royal Dutch petroleum and Britain’s Shell Transport to end up Royal Dutch Shell. The company is a leader in research in the innovative work of both petrochemical and other energy source options, and since the start of the 21st century, it has made huge investments in enormous Chinese and Russian oil fields. Situated in The Hague, the company is listed in the tenth position on this list with assets combining to $357.5 billion.
9. PetroChina – Company Assets: $386.9 billion
One of an expanding number of Chinese companies to get to the top ten this year, PetroChina is the country’s biggest petrochemical producer, transporter and distributer. Both a developer and marketer of raw petroleum and natural gas, they are likewise a leader in the chemical and petro-derivatives enterprises. The company started business on the NYSE in 2000, and has since gained assets of about $387 billion.
8. Berkshire Hathaway – Company Assets: $493.4 billion
After gaining 49% of Berkshire Hathaway in 1963, current octogenarian and one time North Pole Elf Warren Buffet has developed the business from the ground into one of the world’s biggest insurance and investments firms. You gotta like a fellow who says of himself, ‘I purchase costly suits. They simply look cheap on me.’ Relying on an unbelievable procedure of patiently outlasting contenders until the last minute before investing into undervalued opportunities, BH has turned into an industry monster, number 8 on the list with about $500 billion in assets and a fierce reputation emboldened by its Gandalifian owner.
7. General Electric – Company Assets: $646.6 billion
Good ol’ Thomas Edison could hardly have accepted that the little Edison Electric Light Company he established in 1878 would inevitably turn into the leviathan we know today as General Electric. Merging a series of his and different ventures, Edison formed Edison General Electric Company in 1889. Originators of the remote radio, vacuum tube, films and television, x-ray photography, the electric range and toaster, the refrigerator, the microwave stove and even the monstrous water-wheel generators at Niagara Falls, GE is among the biggest enterprises on Earth. They rank a respectable seventh on the list with assets of just about $650 billion.
6. Wells Fargo – Company Assets: $1,543 billion
At the point when in 1852 Henry Wells and William Fargo built WF as a banking, investment and overland mail service, they should have written in a part for John Wayne, since the organization is as synonymous with America’s old West as the Duke himself. In 1888 they turned into the country’s first transcontinental express service; however had already long entered people’s general awareness. They will forever be connected with the taming of the Wild West and have been a fixture on the country’s financial pulse essentially from its initiation. From stagecoaches to meeting rooms, the organization has risen as an industry powerhouse, with assets of over $1.5 trillion in 2014.
5. Bank of China – Company Assets: $2,291.8 billion
Established as the Bank of Great Qing in 1908 after the nation’s revolution and establishment of the People’s Republic of China and renamed BOC in 1912, the partnership is the nation’s oldest banking institution. After being replaced as the country’s central bank in 1928, Bank of China turned into a wholly commercial enterprise and has stayed one of the country’s best organizations. In 1949 it split into a mainland entity (BOC) and a Taiwanese based subsidiary (the International Commercial Bank of China) which later got to be MICB (Mega International Commercial Bank). BOC is agreeably holding down fifth spot with about $2.3 trillion in assets.
4. Agricultural Bank of China – Company Assets – $2,405.4 billion
As per the company site, ‘The predecessor of Agricultural Bank of China is Agricultural Cooperative Bank made in 1951. Since the late 1970s, the Bank has advanced from a state-possessed particular bank to a completely state-claimed business bank and consequently a state-controlled business bank.’ Whatever the Confucius that implies in politburo-talk, AGB must be doing something right, since they have turned into one of the world’s biggest financial organizations including investments, fund management, life insurance and leasing. They are listed fourth on the list with assets of more than $2.4 trillion.
3. JP Morgan Chase – Company Assets: $2435.3 billion
The firm can trace its sources to 1799, making it among the oldest financial foundations in the Americas. Named after John Pierpont Morgan, one of the first U.S. robber barons, it has been a New York symbol in excess of 150 years. The current incarnation is the consequence of the 2000 merger of JP Morgan and Company Inc. and also the Chase Manhattan Corporation. Currently, JPMC is one of the biggest investment and financial services companies in the world. As of 2014, its property were worth almost $2.5 trillion.
2. China Construction Bank – Company Assets: $2,449.5 billion
Founded in 1954, CCB was initially a state owned bank called the People’s Construction Bank of China when it was under the direction of the Ministry of Transport as a distributor of national construction project funds. By 1979 it had advanced into all the more directly commercial endeavors, at long last turning into a full service commercial bank in 1994 and re-named China Construction Bank in 1996. The organization has quickly developed to turn into the biggest banking institution in China, with current assets of about $2.5 trillion.
1. ICBC – Company Assets: $3,124.9 billion
Created in 1984 as a limited company, the Industrial & Commercial Bank of China has developed to turn into the world’s most valuable financial company by total assets. With a focus on Treasury Operations (taking care of derivatives, foreign money exchanges, money market transactions and investment securities), Personal (individual client financial products and services) and Corporate Banking (counting corporate intermediate services, wealth management, loans, and trade financing) and an assemblage of other market holdings, ICBC comes in at number one on this list with assets totaling just about $3.125 trillion dollars.