Among the top companies around the world are some that are specific to one industry, while others are gigantic enterprises with a presence in several industries. Some have grown substantially by either merging with or buying out rivals. Some companies have remained in their market sector since they began many years ago.
General Electric is a huge diversified company with several product lines. Still a top supplier of lighting products and electrical appliances, the company is also a top builder of engines for jet aircraft. Water purification and financial services are other GE divisions.
Bank of America is the largest bank in the United States, and is a big player in the home mortgage market. Bank of America was a pioneer in introducing online banking, and now has locations all over the United States and beyond.
ExxonMobil is the largest oil company based in the United States. A global giant based in Irving, Texas, Exxon has production facilities on the Texas gulf coast and worldwide. ExxonMobil is affiliated with Imperial Oil Company of Canada.
British Petroleum was founded in 1909 and is based in London. It is a leading oil and gas exploration and production giant. It provides Air BP aviation fuel and makes Castrol motor oil for cars. There are Arco and BP gas stations all over the world.
AT&T is the largest telecommunications enterprise in the world, a leader in high-speed internet, wireless TV, and cell phone technology. AT&T offers cell phone and internet connection plans for consumers and has stores everywhere.
WalMart is the largest retailer in the world, still based in the small town of Bentonville, Arkansas where it was born. Today WalMart stores cover the United States and beyond to China and many other nations. The company employs over a million people.
Berkshire Hathaway is a diversified international financial services company based in Omaha, Nebraska. Warren Buffett is chairman and CEO. The company owns GEICO insurance and the Fruit of the Loom apparel company, among other diversified enterprises.