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Old 04-25-2012, 11:59 PM   #1
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I thought everyone knew that basically every brand is owned by one of 4-5 large corporations? I mean, there's basically two pop manufacturers.

Also, corrected your spelling.

What's an "Illisusion"?
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To see it visualized is intriguing to me. When you say "every brand" you might normally think "within one category". But this is pretty much every brand in everything, from food, to drinks, to cosmetics, to cleaners, and everything in between.

I'm not making a statement for or against it, it's just an interesting image
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Can probably edit this some more, to have 1 person in the middle.

Berkshire Hathaway owns some of Coca Cola, Johnson and Johnson, Kraft, Proctor and Gamble, and Nestle. Won't be surprised if he had holdings in the other companies that are undeclared
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pretty cool to see how they're all connected
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To see it visualized is intriguing to me. When you say "every brand" you might normally think "within one category". But this is pretty much every brand in everything, from food, to drinks, to cosmetics, to cleaners, and everything in between.

I'm not making a statement for or against it, it's just an interesting image
Oh yeah, I think it's amazing that so much of the world is controlled by so few. I just didn't think it was much of an illusion. I thought everyone knew that most brands are controlled by a handful of corporations. Doesn't anyone ever read the box their stuff comes in?

Some of the relationships between brands in the chart are interesting too like seeing how one company influences another that's owned by the same company.
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Yeah, I think most people know about how large companies owned a lot of sub companies, but when you actually see it in a visual chart


Actually, there were a bunch in here that I didn't know of. Like Nestle owning L'OREAL.
So random.

I noticed A&W RootBeer belongs to KRAFT and PEPSICO?


It would be nice if someone found a chart like this for the auto industry too.
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It would be nice if someone found a chart like this for the auto industry too.
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^ LOL, this one's confusing!

Does Toyota and Ford own a percentage of Mazda?
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I was surprised by the nestle/loreal connection did a lil search found nestle holds a 29.7% stake the Bettencourt family (ones who started l'oreal) still owns the majority

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Not all of that chart is true. Rock Star is not owned by Pepsi and Monster is not owned by Coke they are just distributed by them. Also a lot of those companies were started by one person or a small group and later sold to a bigger company.
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^ LOL, this one's confusing!

Does Toyota and Ford own a percentage of Mazda?
I don't know about right now but Ford did own a percentage of Mazda when I bought my Mazda 3, which shares some parts and technology with the Focus.
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I don't know about right now but Ford did own a percentage of Mazda when I bought my Mazda 3, which shares some parts and technology with the Focus.
Look at the Fiesta and Mazda2...
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I don't know about right now but Ford did own a percentage of Mazda when I bought my Mazda 3, which shares some parts and technology with the Focus.
The newer Mazda3 shares it's chassis with the new Ford Focus, Mazda5, and several Volvos as well.
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I don't know about right now but Ford did own a percentage of Mazda when I bought my Mazda 3, which shares some parts and technology with the Focus.
Same with the Ford Ranger and the Mazda B series pickup's almost exactly the same in and out except different badgeing.
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i knew kraft was everywhere but disnt know they (apparently) own more brands fhan pepsi or p&g? also didnt know pepsi owned major chips manufacturers
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What's even scarier is when you look at the charts like that for the media/news groups and start to think about all the implications of THAT.
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The car industry family tree chart needs a bit of an update. Audi owns Ducati as of April 19th.

http://www.bikepoint.com.au/news/201...-billion-29695
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learned a bit on this chart....always thought Dr.Pepper/Crush and Pepsico worked together
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The newer Mazda3 shares it's chassis with the new Ford Focus, Mazda5, and several Volvos as well.
Yep, my Speed3's calipers are stamped "FoMoCo", which are the same calipers you'd find on a volvo S40/V50.
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Don't forget, big tobacco "Phillip Morris" owns kraft.
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i dont usually flip to the back of the product to check out its ingredients...unlike i do with food labels
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