The Biggest Companies in the World

The Biggest Companies in the World

Fifty-seven years ago, meatpacking giant Swift was the 15th largest public company in the world.  Today that 15th spot is held by American health insurer UnitedHealth.  Apple sits in the 12th position formerly held by Texaco, now part of Chevron. ...
America’s Highest Profit Companies 1994-2019

America’s Highest Profit Companies 1994-2019

This week we present another of our animated charts based on Fortune magazine’s annual lists of the 500 largest US public companies (based on revenues).  This time, our focus is on the companies which made the highest dollar profits, from 1994 through 2019. You can...
Big Companies Hiring (and Laying Off) Employees

Big Companies Hiring (and Laying Off) Employees

This week we present another of our animated charts based on Fortune magazine’s annual lists of the 500 largest US public companies (based on revenues).  This time, our focus is on the largest employers among these big companies, from 1994 through 2019.  You can...
25 Years of the Fortune 500 Animated Chart

25 Years of the Fortune 500 Animated Chart

The saga of American business in one chart!  The fall of Enron, the rise of Apple and Amazon, the enduring legacy of John Rockefeller in Exxon and Chevron – see the years fly by!  Below the two charts is more information about the history and quirks of the Fortune 500...

Where Americans are Leaving

Two weeks ago, we presented an animated chart showing the most popular American cities – the metropolitan areas which received the most domestic migrants in each year from 2010 through 2018.  This week, we created an animated chart showing “the...
American Spending Patterns 1929 to 2018

American Spending Patterns 1929 to 2018

This week, we present more of our animated “bar race charts” made with Flourish.studio, in which you can see how change takes place over time. We have produced two versions, one for close study that takes five minutes and a very fast one that you can watch in...
Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Sign up for business history stories and news from the American Business History Center.

You have Successfully Subscribed!