The 10 Corporations That Control Almost Everything You Buy

Tyler Durden's picture

We know the ten "people" that run the world, that 25 cities represent over half the world's GDP, and that the world's billionaires control a stunning $33 trillion in net worth... but who controls what the average joe-sixpack on Main Street buys? As PolicyMic notes, these ten mega corporations control the output of almost everything we buy - from household products to pet food and from jeans to jello. The so-called "Illusion of Choice," that these corporations (and their nepotistic inter-relationships) create is remarkable...

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(Note: The chart shows a mix of networks. Parent companies may own, own shares of, or may simply partner with their branch networks. For example, Coca-Cola does not own Monster, but distributes the energy drink. Another note: We are not sure how up-to-date the chart is. For example, it has not been updated to reflect P&G's sale of Pringles to Kellogg's in February.)


Via PolicyMic,

Here are just a few examples: Yum Brands owns KFC and Taco Bell. The company was a spin-off of Pepsi. All Yum Brands restaurants sell only Pepsi products because of a special partnership with the soda-maker.


$84 billion-company Proctor & Gamble — the largest advertiser in the U.S. — is paired with a number of diverse brands that produce everything from medicine to toothpaste to high-end fashion. All tallied, P&G reportedly serves a whopping 4.8 billion people around the world through this network.


$200 billion-corporation Nestle — famous for chocolate, but which is the biggest food company in the world — owns nearly 8,000 different brands worldwide, and takes stake in or is partnered with a swath of others. Included in this network is shampoo company L'Oreal, baby food giant Gerber, clothing brand Diesel, and pet food makers Purina and Friskies.


Unilever, of soap fame, reportedly serves 2 billion people around the world, controlling a network that produces everything from Q-tips to Skippy peanut butter.

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mofreedom's picture

Ma and Pa (Corp) ain't even married, in fact bro and sis kissin.

Caveman93's picture

You know what happens when offspring are born from such a marriage yes? Extra chomosome anyone?

Caveman93's picture

What an Awesome post horseman! Soon, all products will inter-breed and have this stamp! 

hedgeless_horseman's picture



Our dinner tonight...

Eggs, mustard greens, cheese, and onions, all of which we grew, raised, and made, with some local bacon to make a nice quiche.

It is easier than fascist America would ever allow you to imagine.

Richard Chesler's picture

It's a small club and you ain't in it. bitchez.


Surly Bear's picture

This is not a recommendation to buy, and I am not currently bolding any position in any market, but that chart tells me which 10 equities to purchase.

Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

After the market crashes anyway...

0z's picture

I don't buy any of those brands ...

Who's "you" ?

koperniuk666's picture

I agree - there are only 5 products on the chart that I buy. Almost all the rest I would not  use or 'eat' even if I was dying.......

Is 'eating' the right word for that shit?

Race Car Driver's picture

Yes, 'eating' is the right word to use for ingesting.

However, 'food' is not the right word to use for that shit. 'Shit' is the correct word.

So, you were correct on all points.

Frightening that 10 corporations control most everything that the sheeple eat.

Harbanger's picture

I bet your woman knows and plays her role, as do you.

Harbanger's picture

OK, no one knows their role, but somehow mysteriously it all works out.

Skateboarder's picture

I was gonna make dinner in an hour, but you got me hungry now with that quiche. Good thing I have this beer. ;)

We have a shitload of oranges about to come in. And I'm gonna juice the shit out of em.

hedgeless_horseman's picture



I had an orange today.  It was amazing.  I may have another before bed.  It is hard to beat a good orange.

Harbanger's picture

You're not helping the dumb fat American meme.

Skateboarder's picture

I love how the orange flavored citric acid splashes everywhere when you rip up a good orange. We used to squirt that shit in each others' eyes as kids. Wack shit.

Harbanger's picture

Nothing nourishes and wakes your body/senses like eating fresh raw food grown on good earth.  That's how we function at our optimal.  btw- wackshit would be lighting it as you squirt it, but I grew up in dehood.

tony wilson's picture


you aint know cowboy you is eatin what dem fenchies call a quiche lorraine

you is a brokeback cowboy and a traitor to the flag.

only girls french men or homosexualists eat dat crap.

get wid the programme soldier or ship out back to fag town

FEDbuster's picture

Call it Scrambled Egg Pie, if you need to.  I bet it tasted as good as it looked.  

Harbanger's picture

No sarc?  I'll give you a -1 Fuck you for the horseman.

RideTheWalrus's picture

"Give quiche a chance"

- John & Yoko



Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

"You say free toe-toe and I say frittata..."

Doña K's picture

Real men eat quiche, wear man's clogs, pink shirts, speedos but not thongs and skip the cologne. Women love that.

Strange that these comments come from someone with the name "Tony"

Harbanger's picture

"man's clogs"

:) I had to look that one up.  I'll be happy she stops wearing my shirts, how's that.

Adahy's picture

Pitiful troll is pitiful.  Go over to "accredited times" to see how it's done.  Don't come back until you've improved.

yofish's picture

You really make me laugh with your food posts. The average stupid fuck ZH'er doesn't even cook, so your entrees have a certain power over the less inclined. Can we see your horses? Now that, would tell us something real. 

Adahy's picture

You know, I never knew I liked mustard greens until I started the garden and planted some for the seed.
Nowadays, I cultivate 4 different kinds and eat it in damn near every meal in some way or another.  Bonus:  It grows all year around here (and probably most anywhere in the continental US).

BennyBoy's picture

Eat whole foods  (not from Whole Foods corp.)

Don't eat processed foods. It aint healthy for you or your wallet.

Cash-NonCash's picture


You and me sir/ma'am,

I make three at a time and freeze two- from all homegrown or locally sourced food stuffs. Two cups of kale per quiche.  I feed my family without participating in mass-produced rat kibble as much as possible and we even feel a little smug about it!  When I have to go to a store I get ill looking at the contents of the carts... but the people pushing them are already ill...


Joe A's picture

People should become prosumers. I am against communism but all for communityism. People should produce for themselves and their community and barter for the things they cannot produce themselves. This is actually happening in the place called the cradle of democracy, Greece. Forced by the crisis caused by their corrupt elite, some communities have resorted to barter and to becoming prosumers.

Urban Redneck's picture


Is your 4x8 hutch man-portable (or by 1 man and a wife who's about a buck wet)?

I'm working on a design for some convertible hutches/coops but the application is on a terrace which is inaccessible to tractors and very difficult for ATVs, so I need human powered and am not a huge fan of detachable side pens. Thanks

hedgeless_horseman's picture



Yes, I can lift it up on to the end with the wheels and drag it.  It isn't easy.  If you don't move it frequently, then it gets hard to pull it through the dirt from the rabbit scrapes.

Urban Redneck's picture

Thanks for the info, that means I can lift, while the wife places some OSB strips, and then I can move it 1 length over to fresh grass...

dogmete's picture

I don't buy any of those sleazy corporations' toxic, carcinogenic waste. 

Skateboarder's picture

For serious man. Most of what they make is goop, glarp, and glurp.

Eat stuff that doesn't come in packages!

Running On Bingo Fuel's picture

Sugar and Sodium Fluoride. Add some gum base and GMO corn syrup and you too can make billions and keep in uncle sam's good graces.

Oh, yea. Make sure to hire some tribe members to liaison with the money men on wall st and you're golden. Automate all else.


mofreedom's picture

You must stuff moss rolls in your vagina when menstrating.  Just joking, but serious.

mofreedom's picture

I hate to hate, as I watch the American Music Awards with my wife and I really, really want it all to end with me never waking up again, but come on what's wrong with a Twinkie, a can of Coke (with whiskey), a Mig Mac (or a McRib), or TP, or Old Spice deod, oh, and so on and so forth?

Harbanger's picture

"I hate to hate, as I watch the American Music Awards with my wife.."

Good point.  Why do you think I'm here right now bustin chops?  Sitting there was just too much to bear.

hedgeless_horseman's picture



You must stuff moss rolls in your vagina when menstrating.

Mrs. Horseman prefers Natural Cozy.

Skateboarder's picture

I never imagined I would pass on tampon recommendations to females... whoa man.

Serenity Now's picture

I like the cute colors, but I'm sticking with Kotex til the grid goes down.

(Did I just say that on ZH?  LOL.)

JohnnyBriefcase's picture

It starts with keesh and tampons.


Next it'll be homegrown hemp panties...

Serenity Now's picture

LOL.  I bet Mrs. HH makes her own clothes.  That woman is amazing!

Serenity Now's picture

Who in the hell would down arrow me for that?  I was giving the woman a compliment! 

greatbeard's picture

>> homegrown hemp panties...

Now there's some panties I could eat right off the bitch.

Joe A's picture

I was afraid to click, expecting something involving bunny ears....

DogSlime's picture

Not to mention Cargill... but no-one ever seems to mention Cargill, which seems weird considering their size and power.