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The Oldest Businesses in the United States

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Across America, there are many businesses still in operation that are older than the Declaration of Independence! Since the dawn of the United States, establishing a business to serve the people and make a living has been a cornerstone of the American spirit. This fascinating chart created by the team at Wyoming Trust & LLC Attorney is a celebration of the pioneering backbone of the the United States:

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Did you know that the Jim Beam Distillery has been in operation since George Washington was president? It was established in 1975, making it the oldest business in Kentucky. That’s why I love gathering content to share with Chartistry; you get to learn all sorts of obscure trivia!

The oldest business in the United States that is still operational is the Shirley Plantation in Charles City, Virginia. The grounds were first established in 1613 by English merchant and politician Sir Thomas West, 3rd Baron De La Warr. Here is another fun fact about the baron; the bay, river, a Native American people, and a U.S. state were all named “Delaware” after him.

The second oldest business in America is Tuttle’s Red Barn in Dover, New Hampshire, established in 1632. There are claims that it is the oldest known family-owned farm in America, but this has been challenged. It has been passed down across eleven generations since John Tuttle arrived in the New World with a land grant from Charles II of England. It was originally 20 acres, but it expanded to its peak of 240 acres during the 20th century. Nowadays, the farm’s largest crop is sweet corn.

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Where in the US Has Rent Become Most (and Least) Affordable?

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The pandemic saw a large shift in many aspects of daily life with many people completely shifting their entire location as well. Texas saw the largest increase in new residents by far with tens of thousands moving to Kaufman, Comal and Rockwall county. Florida was another state that saw a large increase of new folks in the neighborhood. Many of these people citing job loss, unhappiness with their states representatives in government and cost of living as their reasons for moving. Rent and mortgage rates have played a large roll also in where residents are leaving and flocking to and who can blame them? A NYC one bedroom apartment averages close to $4,000 a month where as a one bedroom in El Paso Texas averages around $810 per month. This great chart from Housinglist.com shows where in the US Rent is the most and least affordable.

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You may already know the outrageous cost of living in NYC, Miami, Boston and LA, but did you know Tampa, Florida, Detroit, Michigan and Rochester, New York will cost you above average in rent? Rochester only has a median income of $37,395 and median rent for a one bedroom there is just over $1200 per month making their percentage of household income going to rent for the year almost 36%. To compare, if you want to rent a one bedroom in Wichita Kansas it will only cost you under $700 or just 15.49% of household income for the year. Where would you choose to live on this map? Are you seeing these prices reflected in your area?

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The Largest Mergers of All Time, Adjusted for Inflation

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When talking about the world’s largest mergers and acquisitions, it is interesting to see how some companies surged while others have lost so much. According to this visualization, adjusted for inflation in 2022, the largest acquisition was in 1999 when Vodafone purchased German cell company Mannesmann for $297.7 billion dollars. Since that purchase, only the Time Warner acquisition by AOL has even come close, selling for $286.4 billion just one year later in 2000. Read on to learn more in this interesting piece from /u/giteam on Reddit.

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In 1998, Exxon purchased Mobil for $128.3 billion, which shows the enormity of the Vodafone merger. Another major acquisition on this list by a company you have probably heard of is Kraft, which was purchased by Heinz in 2015 for $114.3 billion. AT&T is another well-known business that was purchased by Comcast in 2001 for $110.2 billion. Travelers Insurance Group was purchased by Citicorp in 1998. Let’s continue down the list to see other major mergers from the past. In 1999, pharmaceutical giant Pfizer purchased Warner-Lambert for $146.4 billion. Gaz de France purchased Suez S.A in 2007 for $139.8 billion. Dutch Petroleum purchased Shell Transport & Trading Company for $136.3 billion in 2004. RFS Holdings purchased ABN Amro in 2007 for $128.1 billion. AB InBev purchased SABMiller for $122.3 billion in 2015. Glaxo Welcome purchased SmithKline Beecham for $119.6 billion in 2000. Bell Atlantic then purchased Vodafone Airtouch for $113.9 billion in 1999. Zeneca purchased Astra AB, becoming Astra Zeneca in 1998 for $111.4 billion. Nations Bank also purchased Bank of America in 1998 for $103.1 billion.

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New Chart Shows That Steve Ballmer is the Wealthiest Sports Owner in the World

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From 2000 through 2014, Steve Ballmer served as the chief of Microsoft, and has gone on to become one of the richest people on Earth. Not only did he make his name with Microsoft, but Steve Ballmer is also a prominent name in the world of professional sports, as the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers franchise in the National Basketball Association. In fact, not only is Steve Ballmer is the richest owner in the entire league, but he’s also the richest owner in all of professional sports.

This fascinating visualization from the research team at Madison Trust considered all sports and leagues around the world to determine who the richest sports teams owners actually are, developing a list of the top thirty overall. Their team factored in several sports into their research, including basketball, soccer, football, cricket, formula 1, hockey, and baseball.

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Who is the richest owner in the NFL?

The National Football League is indisputably the most popular sport in the United States, and no NFL owner is wealthier than Rob Walton of the Denver Broncos, who is worth an estimated $59.8 billion. Not only is Rob Walton the richest owner in the National Football League, but he’s also one of the richest individuals in the world in general, and is also the heir to the fortune of Walmart. Following Rob Walton, the richest owners in the NFL would be David Tepper of the Carolina Panthers (worth $16.7 billion), Stan Kroenke of the Los Angeles Rams (worth $10.7 billion), Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys (worth $8.9 billion), and Shahid Khan of the Jacksonville Jaguars (worth $8 billion).

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