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Company nameMasterCard Worldwide ("Master the possibilities")
Company typePublic company
IndustryFinancial services
HeadquartersMasterCard International Global Headquarters
Purchase, New York, United States
Area servedWorldwide
Key peopleRichard N. Haythornthwaite
Ajay Banga
ProductsPayment systems
Credit cards
Revenue(+) US$ 5.539 billion (2010)
Operating income(+) US$ 2.757 billion (2010)
Net income(+) US$ 1.846 billion (2010)
Total assets(+) US$ 8.837 billion (2010)
Total equity(+) US$ 5.216 billion (2010)
Employees5,600 (2010)

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MasterCard Worldwide (Nyse - MA) is an American multinational corporation with its headquarters in the MasterCard International Global Headquarters in Purchase, New York. Throughout the world, its principal business is to process payments between the banks of merchants and the card issuing banks or credit unions of the purchasers who use the "MasterCard" brand debit and credit cards to make purchases. MasterCard Worldwide has been a publicly traded company since 2006. The company was created by two entrepreneurs in Louisville, Ky. named Raymond Tanenhaus and Stanley Benovitz. It was absorbed by the United California Bank in year 1966. Prior to its initial public offering, MasterCard Worldwide was a cooperative owned by the 25,000+ financial institutions that issue its card.

MasterCard, originally known as Master Charge, was created by several California banks as a competitor to the BankAmericard issued by Bank of America, which later became the Visa credit card issued by Visa Inc. The original banks behind MasterCharge were United California Bank (later First Interstate Bank and subsequently merged into Wells Fargo Bank), Wells Fargo, Crocker National Bank (also subsequently merged into Wells Fargo), and the Bank of California (subsequently merged into the Union Bank of California).

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