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10 Corporations

Control Almost
Everything You Buy
This Chart Shows How
Ten mega corporations control the output of almost everything you
buy; from household products to pet food to jeans.

According to this chart via Reddit, called "The Illusion of
Choice," these corporations create a chain that begins at one of 10
super companies. You've heard of the biggest names, but it's
amazing to see what these giants own or influence.

(Note: The chart shows a mix of networks. Parent companies may
own, own shares of, or may simply partner with their branch
networks. For example, Coca-Cola does not own Monster,
but distributes the energy drink. Another note: We are not sure
how up-to-date the chart is. For example, it has not been updated
to reflect P&G's sale of Pringles to Kellogg's in February.)
Here are just a few examples: Yum Brands owns KFC and Taco Bell.
The company was a spin-off of Pepsi. All Yum Brands restaurants
sell only Pepsi products because of a special partnership with the

$84 billion-company Proctor & Gamble the largest advertiser in
the U.S. is paired with a number of diverse brands that produce
everything from medicine to toothpaste to high-end fashion. All
tallied, P&G reportedly serves a whopping 4.8 billion people
around the world through this network.

$200 billion-corporation Nestle famous for chocolate, but which
is the biggest food company in the world owns nearly 8,000
different brands worldwide, and takes stake in or is partnered with
a swath of others. Included in this network is shampoo company
L'Oreal, baby food giant Gerber, clothing brand Diesel, and pet
food makers Purina and Friskies.
Unilever, of soap fame, reportedly serves 2 billion people around
the world, controlling a network that produces everything from Q-
tips to Skippy peanut butter.
And it's not just the products you buy and consume, either. In
recent decades, the very news and information that you get has
bundled together: 90% of the media is now controlled by just six
companies, down from 50 in 1983, according to a Frugal Dad
infographic from last year.

It gets even more macro, too: 37 banks have merged to become
just four JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Wells Fargo and
CitiGroup in a little over two decades, according to this Federal
Reserve map.

The nation's 10 largest financial institutions hold 54% of our total
financial assets; in 1990, they held 20%. As MotherJones reports,
the number of banks has dropped from more than 12,500 to about

The numbers are stark, and the charts visualize the mind-bending
reality. This is the world we live in.