The Oldest Company in the World – Japan
The oldest company in the world that has been continuously owned by the same family can be found in Japan.
The name is Kongo Gumi. And it is now run by the 40th generation of the same family.
The temple was built in 578 and is still standing.
Wow! I want these people to build my house.
Come to think of it, I believe my ex-mother-in-law used to work for them…in 578 AD. How a witch came to work on building a temple, I’ll never know.
The second oldest continously owned company in the world is also in Japan. It is Japanese Inn that was started in 718AD.
By contrast, the oldest continuously owned company in the states is a mere babe – Zildjian Cymbal Co. gets the honor. It was started in 1623, the same year they built their web page. (Actually, it’s a pretty cool web page.)
To know more about family businesses, go to Family Business Magazine.
To know more about my witch ex-mother-in-law, look up the Japanese witch trials.
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