Can anyone name a conglomerate other than Sara Lee and Phillip Morris?

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NickE

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Quite a lot of these are not conglomerates - Nestlé are only in food, Microsoft are in a very narrow sector. Even Unilever is debatable, since they are strictly an FMCG company, albeit covering Foods and HPC.
 

GE is definitely a conglomerate: media, insurance, consumer electronics, jet engines, etc.
 

Kenazo

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GE has a huge financing wing too.


But, about nestle, they also own l'oreal (make up)
 

ElFenix

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Originally posted by: Kenazo
GE has a huge financing wing too.


But, about nestle, they also own l'oreal (make up)

GE capital is one of the biggest.


GM is a conglomerate
 

Apathetic

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General Electric is the largest and most successful conglomerate in the world.

We make appliances, light bulbs, nuclear reactors, aircraft engines, turbines, consumer electronics, trains, wind mills, medical equipment, and plastics as well as provide a whole suite of financial services. And this is just the stuff off the top of my head!

Dave

Edit: If this is for a school report, just send me an email and I can get you all the information you want on GE.
 

brxndxn

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Originally posted by: NickE
Quite a lot of these are not conglomerates - Nestlé are only in food, Microsoft are in a very narrow sector. Even Unilever is debatable, since they are strictly an FMCG company, albeit covering Foods and HPC.

Microsoft in a very narrow sector?


Software
- desktop operating system software
- desktop productivity software
- entertainment software
- enterprise software
- settop box software/systems in development
- PDA software

Communications
- cellular phone software

Home Automation
- in development

Media
- MSN
- MSNBC

Hardware
- Microsoft keyboards/mice
- Gamepads
- Wireless networking
- Xbox


That's off the top of my head. I dunno how you can say that's a narrow sector.
 

Jeff7181

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Dow Jones... that works right? =)

Oh... and BASF.. "We don't make a lot of products you buy, we make a lot of the products you buy better."
 

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Lifer
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Originally posted by: brxndxn
Originally posted by: NickE
Quite a lot of these are not conglomerates - Nestlé are only in food, Microsoft are in a very narrow sector. Even Unilever is debatable, since they are strictly an FMCG company, albeit covering Foods and HPC.

Microsoft in a very narrow sector?


Software
- desktop operating system software
- desktop productivity software
- entertainment software
- enterprise software
- settop box software/systems in development
- PDA software

Communications
- cellular phone software

Home Automation
- in development

Media
- MSN
- MSNBC

Hardware
- Microsoft keyboards/mice
- Gamepads
- Wireless networking
- Xbox


That's off the top of my head. I dunno how you can say that's a narrow sector.

I do. There's hardly any diversity there at all. You only have two really distinct industries there - MSNBC in one, everything else in the other. I don't think PepsiCo is a conglomerate either... do they own anything other than sodas and restaurants?
 

IGBT

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Catholic Church...lots of realestate and massive cash flow...
 

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Lifer
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Does anyone here even know what a conglomerate is?

From dictionary.com:
A corporation made up of a number of different companies that operate in diversified fields.
 

Acanthus

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Originally posted by: ArmenK
GE?

GE is the king, #1 employer in the world.

Edit: Walmart, duh. They are in everything, from production to sales to wholesaling. They aquired a company in europe for $480mil and paid CASH. Now thats a conglomerate :) (they paid cash to avoid paying exchange rate fees)