Every person recognizes brands through their products / services, and in today’s consumerist society, it is actually expected of us to do so. Sure enough, we go about our day sometimes mumbling the lyrics to some TV commercial’s song that we hear everyday, not putting too much thought into it. We also know the companies that make the products we use everyday, as well as how wealthy they are because of this.
Companies like Apple, Exxon, Microsoft, and Wal-Mart are well-known throughout the world, and chances are that most of us have used are actively using one of their products right this moment. But what are the biggest, most profitable companies in the history of mankind? Here is how much the ten most valuable companies in history are worth adjusted to inflation(in today’s money).
10Standard Oil Co. Inc, 1905 – $550 billion
Established in 1870 in Ohio, Standard Oil was the largest oil refiner in the world at one point. The company was founded by none other than John D. Rockefeller, who to this day, is considered the richest person in history. Standard Oil was among the first and largest multinational corporations until it was dissolved in 1911 when the United States Supreme Court ruled that the company was an illegal monopoly.