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GRAPH: 147 Companies Control 40 Percent Of Global Transnational Corporate Wealth

Researchers at University of Zurich studied the makeup of the global corporate economy, looking at all 43,060 transnational corporations. They concluded that there are a group of “1,318 companies at the heart of the global economy.”

The researchers mapped out the partial ownership arrangements between these 1,318 companies and represented them on the following graph, also finding that just 147 companies control 40 percent of the wealth among this group:

The top 20 firms identified in the study tended to be financial organizations, including Barclays Bank, JPMorgan Chase & Co, and The Goldman Sachs Group.

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