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Over the last three years, corporations have spent around $4.8 trillion on acquisitions, buyouts, and mergers in the US alone. Fortune 500 corporations swallow each other up in a rush to conglomerate. A common misconception is that a company that makes a lot of money is a Mega-Corporation. In point of fact, it is not. A Mega-Corporation is a company that spans in a near horizontal monopoly of that particular product type. PepsiCo is probably the largest of the Mega-Corporations, the only thing keeping it from being subject to antitrust suits would be the fact that it is literally thousands of loosely connected companies with different presidents... they just happen to share the same umbrella. The following six Mega-Corporations are examples of this ever-growing trend. Though none of these lists are complete, they do represent the best known names that have merged together, bought the others, or are allied with. Why did I choose these six? Because between these six, you could concievably get any product imaginable . GE-H is an enormous manufacturing conglomerate. Citigroup is the nations leading financial institution, PepsiCo owns most of the food you eat. AOL-Time Warner controls most of the communication via web, TV, or periodicals. Disney controls most of the content. AT&T controls most of the connectivity for electronic communication.

General Electric-Honeywell: General Electric, AlliedSignal, Honeywell, United Technologies Corporation

Citigroup: Citibank, ExxonMobil, DaimlerChrysler, Salomon Smith Barney

PepsiCo: Pepsi-Cola Company, Frito-Lay, Inc., Wilson Sporting Goods, Pizza Hut, Inc, Taco Bell, KFC, Mug Root Beer, Hostess Foods, Walkers Crisps and Smith Crisps (two UK leading snack food companies), Smartfood, Gamesa (Mexico's largest cookie company), Wedel SA (one of Europe's leading chocolate and confectionery manufacturers, Ocean Spray, General Mills, Aquafina, All Sport, K.C. Masterpiece Original Brand Barbecue Sauce, Starbucks, Citrus Hill, Lipton Tea, Kraft Foods International, Maxwell House, Sara Lee Bakery, MTV, Tricon Global Restaurants, Inc., Cracker Jack, Tropicana Products, Smith's Snackfood Company (Australian snack-food company), Cadbury Schweppes, the YMCA, the YWCA, Empreseas Polar SA (Venezuela), Tasty Foods, PETsMart, Office Depot, the Cleveland Browns, the Saint Louis Bread Co., Marriott International, Subway, Orion's Food Services (brands include Mean Gene's Burgers and Hot Stuff Pizza), Oberto, FruitWorks, Yahoo Inc., Bally Total Fitness, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, Whataburger, Galaxy Foods Co., The North American Coffee Partnership, The Quaker Oats Company, South Beach Beverage Co., Tasali Snack Foods (leading Saudi-Arabian snack-food company), Tazo, Hear Music, Barne's & Noble.

AOL-Time Warner: America Online, CompuServe, Digital City, Digital Marketing Services, ICQ, iPlanet E-Commerce Solutions, Sun Microsystems Inc., MapQuest, Moviefone, Netscape, AOL Music, Turner Broadcasting, TBS, TNT, Cartoon Network, Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, CNN, Turner Classic Movies (TCM), Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Hawks, Athlanta Thrashers, The Goodwill Games, Court TV, CETV, Comedy Central, E!, A&E, HBO, Cinemax, Time, Popular Science, Sports Illustrated, Outdoor Life, People, Entertainment Weekly, Fortune, Money, This Old House, Time Life Inc., Outdoor Life, Field & Stream, (many many other magazines), Warner Books, Little Brown and Company, iPublish.com, MAD Magazine, DC Comics, Looney Tunes, Hanna-Barbara, Castle Rock Entertainment, New Line Cinema, The Atlantic Group, Elektra Entertainment Group Inc., London-Sire Records Inc., Rhino Entertainment, Anything with the name Warner Bros. in it, 143 Records, Columbia House, Maverick, Music Choice, RuffNation Records, Strictly Rhythmn Recods, Sub Pop Records, Tommy Boy Records. Disney(?)

Disney: Walt Disney Studios, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, The Gillette Company, JCPenny, K-Mart, Tesco, H&M, Lindex, Donaldson, Prenatal, Coca Cola Company, ESPN, Dimension Films, Miramax, (appears to also be loosely connected to AOL-Time Warner through joint ownership of A&E, Fox Network, and E!), Pixar, Infoseek, ABC, ToySmart, Dasani. Minute Maid, POWERaDE, Planet Java, Fanta, Kapo.

AT&T: Teleport Communications Group (TCG), Telecommunications Inc. (TCI), the IBM Global Network, British Telecom, Newcourt Capital, Lucent Technologies

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