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Full of fascinating facts and figures, this book is a highly entertaining look at all aspects of business, including:
- The biggest firms
- The biggest bankruptcies
- Business blunders
- Bad boys
- Leading management thinkers
- Past business giants
- Inventors and inventions
- Famous patents
A great many questions, including the following, are answered:
- How many billion spam e-mails are sent each day?
- Who said, "Business is a combination of war and sport"?
- Which are the world's most valuable brands?
- When and what was the Mississippi Bubble?
- Which company "exists to benefit and refresh everyone it touches"?
- How much do the best-paid hedge fund managers earn?
The editors of The Economist have culled these facts and figures to inform and to amuse anyone interested in the changing world of business.
This is an ideal gift for anyone interested in the business world.
About the Author
The Economist is one of the world's most notable magazines. Circulation in the United States and Canada is now more than 700,000 weekly.
Table of Contents
When firms started.
Oldest family firms.
Oldest newspapers still in circulation.
The business press.
The world's biggest firms.
America's biggest firms.
America's biggest bankruptcies.
Big firms, big facts.
Behind the corporate name.
Roles directors play.
Games directors play.
The world's most valuable brands.
The world's most admired companies.
Britain's most admired companies.
What companies say about themselves.
The most effective websites.
Business start-ups and failures.
Bribery and corruption.
The changing workforce.
Days lost in strikes and lockouts.
Labour union strength.
Changes in working hours.
Biggest business employers.
Chief executive pay.
Big payouts to CEOs.
Best paid hedge fund managers in the US.
International pay comparisons.
Lending law firms.
Lending accountancy firms.
Women in business.
Spending on advertising.
Some famous advertising slogans.
Some business giants of the past.
The world's richest people.
Europe's richest people.
Philanthropy in America and Britain.
Wealth and philanthropy in China.
Central bankers since 1900.
Lending management thinkers.
Some management styles.
The oldest stock exchanges.
Some stockmarket indices explained.
Stockmarkets: the best and worst of times.
Stock exchange trading activity.
Clocking the stockmarkets.
Bubbles that burst.
Oil reserves and price.
Gold reserves and price.
Diamond and platinum facts.
Behind the currency name.
Notes and coins in circulation.
The life of $ and £ notes.
Exchange rate pegs.
The world economy.
How the world economy has changed.
Sovereign wealth funds.
Foreign direct investment.
Sending money home.
The tax take.
Corporate tax rates.
How taxing for top earners?
Wealth and debt.
Great business books.
Latin that lawyers like to use.
What's in a word?
Brand names that entered the language.
Six rules for good writing.
Business laws and principles.
Top business schools.
Business school costs and rewards.
From PCs to PDAs.
Computer processing costs.
The impact of software piracy.
Spam and e-mail.
The corporate highlife.
Business creativity and research.
Inventors and inventions.
Some notable patents.