British publication, Business Financing recently revealed some fascinating insight into companies that have survived centuries and some even a millennium. The publication created an infographic for each continent which lays out the oldest companies still in existence in each country. According to Fast Company, the organization conducted its own research and did not work with any professional historians or academic institutions, so you should take their findings with a grain of salt.
However, on a larger scale, their infographics offer a glimpse into the industries that helped shape each country’s economy and in many cases, it also reveals the darker aspects of history, showing how nations accrued wealth through slavery and colonialism. Below is a list of the oldest companies across the world that are still operational as well as the infographic for each continent – links to fuller size maps below each image.
Top 10 oldest companies in the world that are still open for business
“The average lifespan of a company in the S&P was around 60 years back in the 1960s. Today that number is closer to 20 years, reports Fortune. Yet some firms have managed to thrive for centuries and even millennia. Take a look at 10 of the world’s oldest companies that are still operating today.”
578 years | Japan Kongō Gumi | Construction
803 years | Austria St. Peter Stifts Kulinarium | Restaurant
862 years | Germany Staffelter Hof | Winery
864 years | France Monnaie de Paris | Mint
886 years | England The Royal Mint | Mint
900 years | Ireland Sean’s Bar | Pub
1040 years | Italy Pontificia Fonderia Marinelli Bell | Foundry
1074 years | Belgium Affligem Brewery | Brewery
1135 years | Denmark Munke Mølle | Mill
1153 | China Ma Yu Ching’s Bucket Chicken House | Restaurant