How Powerful? :: Just the Facts

Just how powerful are corporations anyway?

  • The 2006 revenues of the top 200 corporations were $13.1 trillion. The GDP of the entire world was $61 trillion.

  • The top 5 oil companies control 55% of the U.S. gasoline market.

  • Between 1996 and 2000, 60% of U.S. corporations with at least $250 million in assets reported no federal tax liability to the GAO.

  • Of the world's 100 largest corporations, only one is based in a developing nation.

  • Of the 100 largest economies in the world, 53 are corporations.

  • More than 1 out of every 4 people in the United States logs onto the Internet with AOL-Time-Warner, the largest media corporation in the world.

  • Six corporations sell 80% of all recorded music worldwide.

  • Nearly 70% of goods sold by Wal-Mart, the largest corporation in the world, are imported from China.

  • In 2006, there were 13,903 individuals registered to lobby the federal government.

  • In 2000, the sales of the top 200 corporations were 18 times the combined yearly income of the 1.2 billion people living in “severe” poverty.

  • When asked about their reasons for engaging in unethical business behavior, 70% of employees reported “pressure to meet unrealistic business objectives” as the cause.
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