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  • England
    Pitney Bowes

    Bowes made up for his lack of formal education with savvy salesmanship

  • Switzerland
    Honeywell International
    Ranked 115 in the 2023 Fortune 500

    Albert Butz invented the thermostat, which created a whole new industry.

  • Scotland
    TIAA and United States Steel
    Ranked 412 and 186 in the 2023 Fortune 500

    Andrew Carnegie’s steel company produced more metal than all of Great Britain in 1900.

  • Canada
    International Paper
    Ranked 184 the 2023 Fortune 500

    Under Hugh Chisholm’s leadership, International Paper controlled 60 percent of the American newsprint market.

  • France
    DuPont de Nemours
    Ranked 250 in the 2023 Fortune 500

    DuPont was an early “transnational” business relying on knowledge, equipment and capital raised in France.

  • England

    Helen Greiner’s love of robots started with R2D2 in Star Wars.


  • Scotland
    Ranked 206 in the 2023 Fortune 500

    Emerson sold the first electric fans in America, invented by two orphans from Scotland.

  • Scotland
    PPG Industries
    Ranked 232 in the 2023 Fortune 500

    John Pitcairn Jr. dropped out of school at age 14 and went on to create an industrial giant, PPG Industries.

  • England
    General Electric
    Ranked 52 in the 2023 Fortune 500

    Elihu Thomson was a multifaceted scientist, inventor and engineer who held nearly 700 patents.

  • Germany
    Ranked 385 in the 2023 Fortune 500

    The New York Times credited Weyerhäuser’s incredible success to “German regularity, caution, thrift, industry and perseverance.”