Business Report: The most valuable companies of all time

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - When you factor in inflation, ancient trading companies were worth way more than modern corporate giants. The Dutch East India Company was established in 1602, granted a 21-year monopoly by the Dutch government for the spice trade in Asia. The company would eventually send over one million voyagers to Asia. It had a 200-year run as Europe's top trading company. The peak of its prospects coincided with Tulip Mania in Holland in 1637 - the world's first financial bubble. It was worth 78 million Dutch guilders, in modern money, $7.9 trillion.

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