The global economy is dominated by a handful of powerful transnational corporations (TNCs).
Based on this study http://arxiv.org/pdf/1107.5728v1
We find that, despite its small size, the core holds collectively a large fraction of the total network control. In detail, nearly 4/10 of the control over the economic value of TNCs in the world is held, via a complicated web of ownership relations, by a group of 147 TNCs in the core, which has almost full control over itself. The top holders within the core can thus be thought of as an economic “super-entity” in the global network of corporations. A relevant additional fact at this point is that 3/4 of the core are financial intermediaries.
(top 50 are listed by name and country)
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