The Fortune 500 at Sixty: Rising and Falling "Stars"

What happened to the first Fortune 500


The first-ever Fortune 500 was published in 1955. 60 years later we look back at where the companies from the head of the class—Fortune 500 companies 1-10, with revenues ranging from $1.7-$9.8 billion—are now. Some no longer exist, some exist by another name and/or as shadows of their former corporate selves, and some still stand today as the biggest names in corporate America.
Comment: Image captures from a nice interactive database. Top is HP ... bottom is US Steel. The top 10 60 years ago:

  1. GM
  2. Exxon Mobil
  3. U.S. Steel
  4. GE
  5. Esmark
  6. Chrysler
  7. Armour
  8. Gulf Oil
  9. Mobil
  10. Dupont
Comment: I had never heard of Esmark. 

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