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200 Years Later, These Two Banks Still Top The Fortune 500

•, Eric Platt
 Fortune Magazine's namesake rankings have been around since the 1950's. But why not take it back to America's founding days?

Bloomberg crunched the data heading back some 200 years ago and found that two banks that would have cracked the top five in 1812, still round out the top twenty today.

Those banks are Citibank and J.P. Morgan Chase.

In 1812, City Bank of New York (Citigroup today) and Manhattan Co. (J.P. Morgan Chase today) ranked fifth and eighth, respectively. Today the giants have swapped places, with J.P. Morgan at 13, and Citi one behind at 14.

Other banks that would have made the list, including Wells Fargo, are very different than the companies they were born from — mostly because mergers have changed the firms substantially.

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