Skip to main content

Main Area

Main

Most successful company founded the year you were born

  • Most successful company founded the year you were born
    1/ ventdusud // Shutterstock

    Most successful company founded the year you were born

    In our entrepreneurial economy, it can be challenging for new companies to stay relevant long enough to break even, let alone make a lasting impact. However, there are many that have succeeded with this challenge, and reached new heights in the present day, with business reigns that have ranged from several years to centuries.

    To help find the companies that have truly stood the test of time, Stacker analyzed Barchart public company financials and the Field-Ritter dataset of company founding dates to identify the largest companies today that were created each year from 1920 to 2017. Our analysis focused on public companies listed on U.S. stock exchanges, with market capitalization figures as of Feb. 7, 2018.

    Determining when a public company got is an inexact science. To identify each company’s founding date, Field-Ritter researched the earliest incorporation date of every company and took into consideration mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures.

    Read on to explore the most successful company founded the year you were born.

  • 1920 - Occidental Petroleum Corp
    2/ Gavan/Getty Images

    1920 - Occidental Petroleum Corp

    Ticker: OXY (NYSE)

    Market capitalization: $54.50 billion

  • 1921 - Newmont Mining Corp
    3/ Uncle Kick-Kick // Wikicommons

    1921 - Newmont Mining Corp

    Ticker: NEM (NYSE)

    Market capitalization: $20.07 billion

  • 1922 - Raytheon Company
    4/ David Monniaux // Wikicommons

    1922 - Raytheon Company

    Ticker: RTN (NYSE)

    Market capitalization: $58.14 billion

  • 1923 - Walt Disney Company
    5/ Coolcaesar // Wikicommons

    1923 - Walt Disney Company

    Ticker: DIS (NYSE)

    Market capitalization: $159.94 billion

  • 1924 - Totalfinaelf S.A. (Total S.A.)
    6/ Vytautas Kielaitis // Shutterstock

    1924 - Totalfinaelf S.A. (Total S.A.)

    Ticker: TOT (NYSE)

    Market capitalization: $138.99 billion

  • 1925 - Caterpillar Inc
    7/ Dan Fleet // Wikicommons

    1925 - Caterpillar Inc

    Ticker: CAT (NYSE)

    Market capitalization: $93.05 billion

  • 1926 - Schlumberger N.V.
    8/ Shutterstock

    1926 - Schlumberger N.V.

    Ticker: SLB (NYSE)

    Market capitalization: $98.31 billion

  • 1927 - Marriott
    9/ Thomas Ledl // Wikicommons

    1927 - Marriott

    Ticker: MAR (NASDAQ)

    Market capitalization: $51.05 billion

  • 1928 - General Mills
    10/ Mike Mozart // Flickr

    1928 - General Mills

    Ticker: GIS (NYSE)

    Market capitalization: $31.74 billion

  • 1929 - Unilever
    11/ Judgefloro // Wikicommons

    1929 - Unilever

    Ticker: UN (NYSE)

    Market capitalization: $95.63 billion

  • 1930 - MGM Resorts International
    12/ Wikicommons

    1930 - MGM Resorts International

    Ticker: MGM (NYSE)

    Market capitalization: $19.75 billion

  • 1931 - Baxter International Inc
    13/ Gerd Fahrenhorst // Wikicommons

    1931 - Baxter International Inc

    Ticker: BAX (NYSE)

    Market capitalization: $36.32 billion

  • 1932 - Moody's Corp
    14/ ID1974 // Shutterstock

    1932 - Moody's Corp

    Ticker: MCO (NYSE)

    Market capitalization: $30.18 billion

  • 1933 - Rockwell Collins
    15/ LuckyLouie // Wikicommons

    1933 - Rockwell Collins

    Ticker: COL (NYSE)

    Market capitalization: $22.14 billion

  • 1934 - United Technologies Corp
    16/ DanielPenfield // Wikicommons

    1934 - United Technologies Corp

    Ticker: UTX (NYSE)

    Market capitalization: $103.66 billion

  • 1935 - Morgan Stanley
    17/ Marieke Feenstra // Shutterstock

    1935 - Morgan Stanley

    Ticker: MS (NYSE)

    Market capitalization: $97.14 billion

  • 1936 - Core Laboratories N.V.
    18/ oneword // Shutterstock

    1936 - Core Laboratories N.V.

    Ticker: CLB (NYSE)

    Market capitalization: $5.01 billion

  • 1937 - Canon Inc
    19/ // Wikicommons

    1937 - Canon Inc

    Ticker: CAJ (NYSE)

    Market capitalization: $41.73 billion

  • 1938 - Sprint Corp
    20/ Charvex // Wikicommons

    1938 - Sprint Corp

    Ticker: S (NYSE)

    Market capitalization: $20.40 billion

  • 1939 - Hewlett-Packard Company
    21/ LPS.1 // Wikicommons

    1939 - Hewlett-Packard Company

    Ticker: HPQ (NYSE)

    Market capitalization: $35.26 billion

  • 1940 - Air Products and Chemicals
    22/ CyberXRef // Wikicommons

    1940 - Air Products and Chemicals

    Ticker: APD (NYSE)

    Market capitalization: $35.08 billion

  • 1941 - Stryker Corp
    23/ BrokenSphere // Wikicommons

    1941 - Stryker Corp

    Ticker: SYK (NYSE)

    Market capitalization: $57.69 billion

  • 1942 - Vale S.A.
    24/ Tony Webster // Wikicommons

    1942 - Vale S.A.

    Ticker: VALE (NYSE)

    Market capitalization: $68.14 billion

  • 1943 - Banco Bradesco S.A.
    25/ Diego Grandi // Shutterstock

    1943 - Banco Bradesco S.A.

    Ticker: BBD (NYSE)

    Market capitalization: $79.72 billion

  • 1944 - Coca Cola European Partners
    26/ sergey causelove // Shutterstock

    1944 - Coca Cola European Partners

    Ticker: CCE (NYSE)

    Market capitalization: $18.16 billion

  • 1945 - Southern Company
    27/ 360b // Shutterstock

    1945 - Southern Company

    Ticker: SO (NYSE)

    Market capitalization: $43.65 billion

  • 1946 - Lowe's Companies
    28/ Mike Mozart // Flickr

    1946 - Lowe's Companies

    Ticker: LOW (NYSE)

    Market capitalization: $83.16 billion

  • 1947 - T Rowe Price Group
    29/ T Rowe Price

    1947 - T Rowe Price Group

    Ticker: TROW (NASDAQ)

    Market capitalization: $25.92 billion

  • 1948 - Honda Motor Company
    30/ kazamatsuri // Flickr

    1948 - Honda Motor Company

    Ticker: HMC (NYSE)

    Market capitalization: $65.50 billion

  • 1949 - Medtronic Inc
    31/ Group29 // Wikicommons

    1949 - Medtronic Inc

    Ticker: MDT (NYSE)

    Market capitalization: $110.54 billion

  • 1950 - Sasol Ltd
    32/ foto-select // Shutterstock

    1950 - Sasol Ltd

    Ticker: SSL (NYSE)

    Market capitalization: $22.22 billion

  • 1951 - Texas Instruments
    33/ Texas Instruments // Wikicommons

    1951 - Texas Instruments

    Ticker: TXN (NASDAQ)

    Market capitalization: $104.34 billion

  • 1952 - General Dynamics Corp
    34/ MyImages - Micha // Shutterstock

    1952 - General Dynamics Corp

    Ticker: GD (NYSE)

    Market capitalization: $63.08 billion

  • 1953 - Accenture Plc
    35/ Maksym Kozlenko // Wikicommons

    1953 - Accenture Plc

    Ticker: ACN (NYSE)

    Market capitalization: $98.27 billion

  • 1954 - Toyota Motor Corp Ltd Ord
    36/ Nick Moyes // Wikicommons

    1954 - Toyota Motor Corp Ltd Ord

    Ticker: TM (NYSE)

    Market capitalization: $203.62 billion

  • 1955 - McDonald's Corp
    37/ Sorbis // Shutterstock

    1955 - McDonald's Corp

    Ticker: MCD (NYSE)

    Market capitalization: $131.68 billion

  • 1956 - Watsco
    38/ Barbara Kalbfleisch // Shutterstock

    1956 - Watsco

    Ticker: WSO (NYSE)

    Market capitalization: $6.07 billion

    A previous version of the story listed CarMax as the largest company created in 1956. The first CarMax was opened in 1993 as a division of Circuit City.

  • 1957 - O'Reilly Automotive
    39/ M.O. Stevens // Wikicommons

    1957 - O'Reilly Automotive

    Ticker: ORLY (NASDAQ)

    Market capitalization: $21.67 billion

  • 1958 - Edwards Lifesciences Corp
    40/ Casimiro PT // Shutterstock

    1958 - Edwards Lifesciences Corp

    Ticker: EW (NYSE)

    Market capitalization: $26.89 billion

  • 1959 - Anadarko Petroleum Corp
    41/ Trey Perry // Wikicommons

    1959 - Anadarko Petroleum Corp

    Ticker: APC (NYSE)

    Market capitalization: $31.46 billion

  • 1960 - Rogers Communication
    42/ SimonP // Wikicommons

    1960 - Rogers Communication

    Ticker: RCI (NYSE)

    Market capitalization: $23.77 billion

  • 1961 - Broadcom Ltd
    43/ Cmglee // Wikicommons

    1961 - Broadcom Ltd

    Ticker: AVGO (NASDAQ)

    Market capitalization: $98.51 billion

  • 1962 - Wal-Mart Stores
    44/ Wikicommons

    1962 - Wal-Mart Stores

    Ticker: WMT (NYSE)

    Market capitalization: $298.90 billion

  • 1963 - Comcast
    45/ Jonathan Weiss // Shutterstock

    1963 - Comcast

    Ticker: CMCSA (NASDAQ)

    Market capitalization: $185.41 billion

  • 1964 - Nike Inc
    46/ pio3 // Shutterstock

    1964 - Nike Inc

    Ticker: NKE (NYSE)

    Market capitalization: $106.11 billion

  • 1965 - Analog Devices
    47/ Raimond Spekking // Wikicommons

    1965 - Analog Devices

    Ticker: ADI (NASDAQ)

    Market capitalization: $33.00 billion

  • 1966 - Mastercard Inc
    48/ Andrei Kuzmik // Shutterstock

    1966 - Mastercard Inc

    Ticker: MA (NYSE)

    Market capitalization: $179.21 billion

  • 1967 - Applied Materials
    49/ M.O. Stevens // Wikicommons

    1967 - Applied Materials

    Ticker: AMAT (NASDAQ)

    Market capitalization: $52.85 billion

  • 1968 - Intel Corp
    50/ Sixflashphoto // Wikicommons

    1968 - Intel Corp

    Ticker: INTC (NASDAQ)

    Market capitalization: $210.18 billion

  • 1969 - Danaher Corp
    51/ Danaher

    1969 - Danaher Corp

    Ticker: DHR (NYSE)

    Market capitalization: $67.61 billion

  • 1970 - Visa Inc
    52/ Coolcaesar // Wikicommons

    1970 - Visa Inc

    Ticker: V (NYSE)

    Market capitalization: $248.53 billion

  • 1971 - The Charles Schwab Corp
    53/ Mike Mozart // Flickr

    1971 - The Charles Schwab Corp

    Ticker: SCHW (NYSE)

    Market capitalization: $70.86 billion

  • 1972 - SAP Ag
    54/ Vladislav Bezrukov // Wikicommons

    1972 - SAP Ag

    Ticker: SAP (NYSE)

    Market capitalization: $133.17 billion

  • 1973 - Canadian Natural Resources
    55/ Casimiro PT // Shutterstock

    1973 - Canadian Natural Resources

    Ticker: CNQ (NYSE)

    Market capitalization: $38.90 billion

  • 1974 - Carnival Corp
    56/ Chris Gent // Wikicommons

    1974 - Carnival Corp

    Ticker: CCL (NYSE)

    Market capitalization: $37.00 billion

  • 1975 - Microsoft Corp
    57/ Roman Tiraspolsky // Shutterstock

    1975 - Microsoft Corp

    Ticker: MSFT (NASDAQ)

    Market capitalization: $703.22 billion

  • 1976 - Discover Financial Services
    58/ Casimiro PT // Shutterstock

    1976 - Discover Financial Services

    Ticker: DFS (NYSE)

    Market capitalization: $27.67 billion

  • 1977 - Apple Inc
    59/ Max Pixel

    1977 - Apple Inc

    Ticker: AAPL (NASDAQ)

    Market capitalization: $827.22 billion

  • 1978 - Home Depot
    60/ Ildar Sagdejev (Specious) // Wikicommons

    1978 - Home Depot

    Ticker: HD (NYSE)

    Market capitalization: $223.09 billion

  • 1979 - Boston Scientific Corp
    61/ D Coetzee // Flickr

    1979 - Boston Scientific Corp

    Ticker: BSX (NYSE)

    Market capitalization: $36.69 billion

  • 1980 - Amgen
    62/ Coolcaesar // Wikicommons

    1980 - Amgen

    Ticker: AMGN (NASDAQ)

    Market capitalization: $127.54 billion

  • 1981 - Infosys Ltd
    63/ Zorro2212 // Wikicommons

    1981 - Infosys Ltd

    Ticker: INFY (NYSE)

    Market capitalization: $37.96 billion

  • 1982 - Adobe Systems Inc
    64/ Coolcaesar // Wikicommons

    1982 - Adobe Systems Inc

    Ticker: ADBE (NASDAQ)

    Market capitalization: $95.60 billion

  • 1983 - AT&T Inc
    65/ KennethHan // Wikicommons

    1983 - AT&T Inc

    Ticker: T (NYSE)

    Market capitalization: $226.10 billion

  • 1984 - Cisco Systems Inc
    66/ Coolcaesar // Wikicommons

    1984 - Cisco Systems Inc

    Ticker: CSCO (NASDAQ)

    Market capitalization: $198.59 billion

  • 1985 - Altria Group
    67/ Jonathan Weiss // Shutterstock

    1985 - Altria Group

    Ticker: MO (NYSE)

    Market capitalization: $126.95 billion

  • 1986 - Celgene Corp
    68/ Celgene

    1986 - Celgene Corp

    Ticker: CELG (NASDAQ)

    Market capitalization: $75.78 billion

  • 1987 - Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing
    69/ Peellden // Wikicommons

    1987 - Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing

    Ticker: TSM (NYSE)

    Market capitalization: $226.06 billion

  • 1988 - Blackrock
    70/ Americasroof // Wikicommons

    1988 - Blackrock

    Ticker: BLK (NYSE)

    Market capitalization: $86.20 billion

  • 1989 - Vertex Pharmaceutical
    71/ Vertex

    1989 - Vertex Pharmaceutical

    Ticker: VRTX (NASDAQ)

    Market capitalization: $40.34 billion

  • 1990 - Time Warner Inc
    72/ Drop of Light // Shutterstock

    1990 - Time Warner Inc

    Ticker: TWX (NYSE)

    Market capitalization: $74.22 billion

  • 1991 - Ntt Docomo Inc
    73/ Rodrigo Reyes Marin/AFLO/Alamy Live News

    1991 - Ntt Docomo Inc

    Ticker: DCM (NYSE)

    Market capitalization: $97.14 billion

  • 1992 - Charter Communications
    74/ Dwight Burdette // Wikicommons

    1992 - Charter Communications

    Ticker: CHTR (NASDAQ)

    Market capitalization: $91.92 billion

  • 1993 - Nvidia Corp
    75/ Coolcaesar // Wikicommons

    1993 - Nvidia Corp

    Ticker: NVDA (NASDAQ)

    Market capitalization: $136.70 billion

  • 1994 - Amazon
    76/ Zapp2Photo // Shutterstock

    1994 - Amazon

    Ticker: AMZN (NASDAQ)

    Market capitalization: $698.49 billion

  • 1995 - Lockheed Martin Corp
    77/ betto rodrigues // Shutterstock

    1995 - Lockheed Martin Corp

    Ticker: LMT (NYSE)

    Market capitalization: $96.80 billion

  • 1996 - Novartis Ag
    78/ ANdrew // Wikicommons

    1996 - Novartis Ag

    Ticker: NVS (NYSE)

    Market capitalization: $199.83 billion

  • 1997 - Priceline Group
    79/ Casimiro PT // Shutterstock

    1997 - Priceline Group

    Ticker: PCLN (NASDAQ)

    Market capitalization: $90.65 billion

  • 1998 - Alphabet Class C
    80/ Ben Nuttall // Flickr

    1998 - Alphabet Class C

    Ticker: GOOG (NASDAQ)

    Market capitalization: $750.80 billion

     

  • 1999 - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd
    81/ Daniel Cukier // Flickr

    1999 - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd

    Ticker: BABA (NYSE)

    Market capitalization: $474.25 billion

  • 2000 - JP Morgan Chase & Co
    82/ Joe Mabel // Wikicommons

    2000 - JP Morgan Chase & Co

    Ticker: JPM (NYSE)

    Market capitalization: $388.99 billion

  • 2001 - Mizuho Financial Group
    83/ Kozo // Wikicommons

    2001 - Mizuho Financial Group

    Ticker: MFG (NYSE)

    Market capitalization: $47.56 billion

  • 2002 - Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc
    84/ Tamall // Wikicommons

    2002 - Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc

    Ticker: SMFG (NYSE)

    Market capitalization: $63.56 billion

  • 2003 - Tesla Inc
    85/ Tumbenhaur // Wikicommons

    2003 - Tesla Inc

    Ticker: TSLA (NASDAQ)

    Market capitalization: $56.40 billion

  • 2004 - Facebook Inc
    86/ tongcom photographer // Shutterstock

    2004 - Facebook Inc

    Ticker: FB (NASDAQ)

    Market capitalization: $538.48 billion

  • 2005 - Mitsubishi Ufj Financial Group Inc
    87/ Kakidai // Wikicommons

    2005 - Mitsubishi Ufj Financial Group Inc

    Ticker: MTU (NYSE)

    Market capitalization: $98.61 billion

  • 2006 - Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc
    88/ Coolcaesar // Wikicommons

    2006 - Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc

    Ticker: TMO (NYSE)

    Market capitalization: $84.00 billion

  • 2007 - Bank of New York Mellon Corp
    89/ Dllu // Wikicommons

    2007 - Bank of New York Mellon Corp

    Ticker: BK (NYSE)

    Market capitalization: $56.24 billion

  • 2008 - Anheuser-Busch Inbev S.A.
    90/ Pp391 // Wikicommons

    2008 - Anheuser-Busch Inbev S.A.

    Ticker: BUD (NYSE)

    Market capitalization: $184.50 billion

  • 2009 - Lloyds Banking Group Plc
    91/ Ozeye // Wikicommons

    2009 - Lloyds Banking Group Plc

    Ticker: LYG (NYSE)

    Market capitalization: $69.09 billion

  • 2010 - United Continental Holdings
    92/ JerandSar Gimbel // Wikicommons

    2010 - United Continental Holdings

    Ticker: UAL (NYSE)

    Market capitalization: $18.95 billion

  • 2011 - Xylem Inc
    93/ Bernt Fransson // Wikicommons

    2011 - Xylem Inc

    Ticker: XYL (NYSE)

    Market capitalization: $12.81 billion

  • 2012 - Duke Energy Corp
    94/ Alexisrael // Wikicommons

    2012 - Duke Energy Corp

    Ticker: DUK (NYSE)

    Market capitalization: $52.14 billion

  • 2013 - Abbvie Inc
    95/ chrisdorney // Shutterstock

    2013 - Abbvie Inc

    Ticker: ABBV (NYSE)

    Market capitalization: $177.52 billion

  • 2014 - Walgreens Boots Alliance
    96/ Jonathan Weiss // Shutterstock

    2014 - Walgreens Boots Alliance

    Ticker: WBA (NASDAQ)

    Market capitalization: $71.12 billion

  • 2015 - Kraft Heinz Co
    97/ Mike Mozart

    2015 - Kraft Heinz Co

    Ticker: KHC (NASDAQ)

    Market capitalization: $90.54 billion

  • 2016 - Fortive Corp
    98/ Fortive

    2016 - Fortive Corp

    Ticker: FTV (NYSE)

    Market capitalization: $25.06 billion

  • 2017 - Dxc Technology Company
    99/ zakiahza // Shutterstock

    2017 - Dxc Technology Company

    Ticker: DXC (NYSE)

    Market capitalization: $27.37 billion

2018 All rights reserved.