In 1995, entrepreneur Jeff Bezos founded an online bookselling company called Amazon. Today, his company is worth nearly $1 trillion. While Amazon’s skyrocketing success is astonishing, there’s something to be said for longevity. Located around the world are some companies that have withstood the test of time, lasting for not just decades but hundreds and even 1,000+ years. From small pubs in Ireland to apparel companies in Canada, these are some of the oldest companies that are still operating today. Our list is in no particular order.
The Hudson’s Bay Company Was Founded In 1670
The Hudson’s Bay Company started as a fur trading outfit in Toronto, Ontario in 1670. The company used money from its fur trade to start oil exploration and then financial services, all which helped the company move into its current business.
Today, Hudson’s Bay operates various different department stores throughout North America. You are most likely familiar with its two flagship options, Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor. Like others on our list, The Hudson’s Bay Company has proven that diversification is the best path to business longevity.