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American Express

American Express
Company nameAmerican Express Company
Company typePublic
IndustryBanking, Financial services
PredecessorLivingston, Fargo & Company
Wells, Butterfield & Company
Wells & Company
FoundedAlbany, New York, U.S. (1850)
HeadquartersThree World Financial Center,
 New York City, New York, U.S. 
Area servedWorldwide
Key peopleKenneth Chenault
(Chairman & CEO)
ProductsCharge card, credit cards, traveler's cheque
ServicesFinance, insurance, travel
Revenue(+) US$  25.612 billion (2010)
Operating income(+) US$  5.964 billion (2010)
Net income(+) US$  4.057 billion (2010)
Total assets(+) US$ 147.042 billion (2010)
Total equity(+) US$  16.203 billion (2010)
Employees61,000 (2010)

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American Express Company ( ) or AmEx, is an American multinational financial services corporation headquartered in Three World Financial Center, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States. Founded in 1850, it is one of the 30 components of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The company is best known for its credit card, charge card, and traveler's cheque businesses. Amex cards account for approximately 24% of the total dollar volume of credit card transactions in the US, the highest of any card issuer.

BusinessWeek and Interbrand ranked American Express as the 22nd most valuable brand in the world, estimating the brand to be worth US$14.97 billion. Fortune listed Amex as one of the top 20 Most Admired Companies in the World.

The company's mascot, adopted in 1958, is a Roman gladiator or Centurion whose image appears on the company's travelers' cheques and charge cards.

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