The 50 Most Dangerous Companies in the World

Juha-Pekka Raeste & Hannu Sokala

Original title: Maailman 50 vaarallisinta yhtiötä

Author: Juha-Pekka Raeste & Hannu Sokala

Published: 2021

Publisher: Otava

Genres: General Nonfiction, History & Politics

Pages: 528

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How could a few dozen business giants challenge the foundations of democracy, destabilize institutions, and determine the state of the environment?

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Large multinational corporations influence how we think, what we eat, who we meet, how we spend our time, and even who we vote for. As those businesses grow, their influence and power over people and governments also grow. To make sure the future is not dictated by corporations, but by people, we need to know more about them.

This exciting nonfiction title by experienced financial journalists Hannu Sokala and Juha-Pekka Raeste covers 50 companies that comprise a large part of global market forces. They determine what kind of world we all live in. Some of the companies in the book are relatively unknown (Zhōngguó Yāncǎo Zǒnggōngsī and BlackRock), some are predictable (Google, Amazon), some may seem surprising (Ikea and Disney), and some are inevitable (Gazprom and Chevron).

Some of the companies benefit from our everyday needs (Cargill, Coca-Cola), some from our vanity (ByteDance, Facebook), and some from our greed (Goldman Sachs, Berkshire Hathaway). The book reads like a thriller, but it is nonfiction. It offers a comprehensive and often startling perspective on the most important, and dangerous companies in the world.

The best offering of the work is the presentations of the less well-known giant companies. Each chapter proceeds fluently and describes the history, business model and the owning families of the company at hand. It functions well as a Who’s Who reference book about the wealthiest people in the world. The book can be used for researching investment tips if you’re not steering clear from investing in the arms business, aviation, or alcohol. The book has a clear index and list of sources, and the language is fluent and neat.

Saara Koho, Talouselämä Financial Magazine

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Rights sold:
FINLAND: Otava/Nemo
ESTONIA: Rahva Raamat
GERMANY: Ullstein Buchverlage GmbH
ITALY: Newton Compton
SWEDEN: Lind & Co.
TAIWAN: Heliopolis


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About author

Juha-Pekka Raeste & Hannu Sokala

Juha-Pekka Raeste covers international and domestic business for Helsingin Sanomat, the biggest newspaper in Finland. He focuses on the biggest corporations and the IT industry.

Hannu Sokala has worked as a financial journalist for over 30 years, starting at the daily newspaper Helsingin Sanomat and, lastly, as an investigative reporter for the Finnish National Broadcasting Company YLE. He enjoys digging into the biggest banks and corporations and the most powerful industries.


2021, General Nonfiction, History & Politics

Juha-Pekka Raeste & Hannu Sokala

The 50 Most Dangerous Companies in the World