Visualizing How The 50 Largest US Companies Are Connected

For any corporation, the Board of Directors plays a crucial role in corporate governance.

Elected by the company’s shareholders, the board is meant to represent shareholder interests – it ultimately hires the CEO, sets strategic objectives, approves annual budgets, and provides accountability to the shareholders regarding the performance of the organization.

These duties are no cakewalk, and, as Visual Capitalist's Jeff Desjardins notes, finding capable and experienced board members to help run a multi-billion dollar corporation just isn’t easy.


To locate a qualified candidate, one option is to hire someone that already has experience working on a big corporate board – and because it’s a part-time gig, people can actually be on multiple boards at once.

Today’s data visualization is from Reddit user /r/qwerty2020 and it shows the overlap between boards of the top 50 largest companies in the United States.

Courtesy of: Visual Capitalist

It reveals that 78% of the multi-billion dollar companies here have at least one board connection with another company on the list.


Here are the three most connected companies:

3M (7 connections)
The 3M board has 12 members on it, including people like the retired CEOs of Kroger and UPS, and the current CFO of Microsoft.

As for board members in common, there are seven people on 3M’s board that have a connection to one of the other 50 large companies, including: Boeing, Coca-Cola, AbbVie, Proctor & Gamble, Amgen, Chevron, and IBM.

Boeing (6 connections)
Boeing’s board has 13 members, including the CEO and Chairman of Amgen, and Ronald Reagan’s former White House Chief of Staff (Kenneth Duberstein). The former CEO of Allstate and the former CEO of Continental Airlines also serve on the board.

It has six connections to other big U.S. companies through its board, including: 3M, AbbVie, Amgen, Johnson & Johnson, U.S. Bancorp, and AT&T.

Amgen (6 connections)
The large biopharmaceutical company has 13 people on its Board of Directors, including the CEO and Chairman of Phillips 66, the former CEO of Mattel, and a former CFO of Walmart.

In total, it has six people that also serve on other boards: 3M, United Technologies, Apple, Boeing, Chevron, and McDonald’s.

Runners up: (5 connections)
Other highly-connected companies include Walt Disney, Apple, Chevron, Exxon Mobil, IBM, and Procter & Gamble – each has five board members that also serve for other top 50 corporations.


Buckaroo Banzai Serious.Lee Mon, 08/06/2018 - 23:07 Permalink

Globo-Homo-Gayplex is a Cultural Marxist deep state globalist governing construct, run for the benefit of a tiny corporate, financial, and political elite, designed to strip wealth from the earth and from the teeming mass of humanity, by privatizing profits and socializing losses.

What we are seeing here in these spirographs is just the corporate executive fraction of this global governing elite.

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gdpetti Richard Chesler Tue, 08/07/2018 - 16:23 Permalink

True... so why repeat this story? Why not show us who THEY are? They are the SG... not all corporate types, banksters, and the like... you don't have to be Jewish to be a one of the Chosen People of Satan... it's all about choice... and the tribe of Judea has been the black sheep of the tribe for a long time... but so many others have shared that clubhouse.... 'THEY' remain in the shadows.. until their plans are complete for their NWO... these corporations, markets et al won't be needed... so they are having their puppets out each other.. and these puppets simply don't have a clue.... nor most people... like the libtards... dumbed down, doped up sheeple.... 'they know not what they do'.... the contards are no different... it's just that most of them are 'support the troops' types and less willing to out themselves like the 'liberals'... so the the script unfolds... 'out with the OWO, in with the NWO'... as MOther Nature approaches ...

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Curmudgeon49 SocratesSolutions Wed, 08/08/2018 - 12:31 Permalink

A number of years ago, I read an article, at marketoracle by a Chinese trader, on the companies/corporations owned by the Rothschilds. There was a  graphic showing interconnection, that extended to more than 400, mostly financial type institutions, controlled by them. How many of these 50 are largely owned or controlled by some of the 400?  

I have never been able to relocate that article in their archives.

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lock-stick Adolfsteinbergovitch Tue, 08/07/2018 - 03:59 Permalink


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BallAndChained Aireannpure Tue, 08/07/2018 - 01:50 Permalink

Trump is helping to make them richer with the tax cuts.

Do the corps put the money back into the economy?

No, the money is put in stock buybacks to line management pockets.

Trump thinks China is the enemy for working like slaves to produce goods for Americans to buy with an overvalued dollar. When the enemy is in their own back yard: corps sucking up money, military sucking up money, huge government sucking up money. Not much left for the ordinary little citizens.


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Lysogen Mon, 08/06/2018 - 22:58 Permalink

You'd be an idiot to NOT invest in all corporations mentioned above.    I wish there were an ETF encapsulating investment based on board members.


HominyTwin Mon, 08/06/2018 - 23:37 Permalink

So you shoot a couple. After all, a believer will slice through a band of rent-a-cops like a knife through butter. Then you approach a third: "you will fund our revolution or else!" Repeat a few times.

Chaotix Mon, 08/06/2018 - 23:42 Permalink

The illusion of choice is becoming more and more blurred each day. It's proving to be difficult to break away from these asshole corporations anymore, but it can be done.

Jackie Moon Mon, 08/06/2018 - 23:46 Permalink

Common Board Membership is actually a lot more prevalent in mid caps - take a look at the ones in your area and you will see many companies with Board Members on 3 or 4 other boards in similar industries.  It's a great gig if you can get it - just keep an eye on the D&O insurance!

7towers Tue, 08/07/2018 - 00:27 Permalink

Companies will always expire, cities on the other hand seem to survive . Service is the difference.

The OLD definition acronym of ELITE 

E quanimity 

L awful

I lumination

E galitarian

These concepts may have not perfectly represented the boys of old but they adhered to them more closely than what we have today, they at least gave a thought of what their progeny thought of them but now it appears that the new elite are  

New acronym for the word Elite. I despise this term due to it used to mean something with integrity and now whom ever it is applied to is anything but..


E vil

L icentious

I mmoral

T yrannical

E gomanic

We that keep up with the meaning of words have noticed some can change to the exact opposite, while certainly not all but some hold a special representation to this phenomena , this has been especially reserved for the term elite.. all small caps to match the REALITY. Stupid is as stupid does.. 

Victor999 Tue, 08/07/2018 - 01:26 Permalink

It's not the connectedness of the BoD you need to examine - they are all flunkies for the real holders of power - you need to look at the major shareholders and bond holders.

geekz_rule Tue, 08/07/2018 - 06:29 Permalink

#PrivatizationIsTheft - privatization today is STRICTLY about stealing money from the public treasury and giving it to the inbred 1% rent-seeking parasites (extreme socialism for the billionaires, NOTHING for the people)

Friedrich Von Hayek, Austrian economist, proposed a 4 plank plan to establish economic "freedom". Of course, that "freedom" was only for the inbred elitists, the "rentier" class, the "new" feudal lords. His ideas support and justify the creation of absolute monopoly of the entire world's resources, by a few. Monopoly always was the real intention, the people's only real enemy. No wonder Hayek was found, then promoted, by Rockefeller!

"Competition is a sin" J. Rockefeller.

Hayek's plan: peddled as Libertarian, supporting "Liberty", but based on the deceitful notion that all "government" is evil and root of all corruption. A self serving lie. Government is the people, established by the People's consent,  but the monopolist's have hijacked government, use "government" as a simple false target, a straw man, a distraction, a curtain to hide behind. In practice, government today, and for generations, is merely a puppet manipulated by the money masters, pay to play, bought and sold to the highest bidders of the deep state.

Hayek's Ideas (planks)

1) Deregulate global financial markets - DONE

2) Deregulate global trade - DONE

3) Bankrupt all sovereigns and nations with fiat (empty, unbacked, meaningless) paper "debt" (thereby neuter a nation's capability to enforce laws - eliminate the people's ability to defend against being consumed by the 1%) - DONE

then lastly, the kill shot:

4) Privatize Everything. recreate us all as permanent rent payers of even the most basic necessities of life (Air, water, food, shelter). - Almost COMPLETE


Implemented globally by force, using their "super sovereign" (above the laws of nations) global banking control entities, WTO, WB, IMF, BIS, etc. and of course, actual militaries.

We are 99.99% there. 

we are already debt slaves to a global 1%, they have already monopolized everything.

this condition will not, nor can not, be changed with BS "elections" run by the very 1% we seek to depose.