Companies You’ve Never Heard Of: Cargill
You may not have heard of Cargill, but it is one of the biggest companies (and one of the most important) in the U.S. Indeed, Cargill is responsible for many of the foods you eat on a daily basis.
The Minnesota-based company has a presence in multiple places on the American food chain. It sells eggs, beef and turkey products to food-service operators in the U.S. and around the world. It helps farmers manage, store, distribute and insure their crops. It even supplies the base for antacids and throat lozenges.
It all adds up to good business: By revenue, Cargill is the largest privately owned company in the United States. The founding Cargill family still owns 88% of the company, according to Forbes, which looks like a wise decision. There are now 14 billionaires in the family, which no doubt makes for some fancy Thanksgiving dinners (of premium Cargill turkey, of course).