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Standard Chartered 

“Market Cap $51.07 B As of May 2014

At a Glance
  • Industry: Major Banks
  • Founded: 1969
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • CEO: Peter Sands
  • Website:www.standardchartered.com
  • Employees: 86,640
  • Sales: $25.58 B
  • Headquarters: London
Forbes Lists

#123 Global 2000

  • #365 in Sales
  • #150 in Profit
  • #45 in Assets
  • #191 in Market value
Profile

Standard Chartered Plc operates as an international banking and financial services company in the United Kingdom. It provides personal and business banking services such as loans and mortgages, insurance and investment. The company operates its business through two segments: Consumer Banking and Wholesale Banking. The Consumer Banking segment offers solutions and services through multiple channels including branches, call centres and online and mobile applications. This segment provides consumer banking products and services, including savings and accounts, loans, mortgages, credit cards, investment advisory, foreign exchange trading, currency deposits, mutual funds and employee banking, as well as life, savings and retirement planning, health and medical, home, motor and travel insurance services. The Wholesale Banking segment offers a wide range of financing and investment solutions to corporate and institutional clients. This segment provides transaction banking, including cash management, trade finance and securities services; financial market solutions to meet risk management, financing and investment needs; corporate finance services, such as corporate advisory and finance, project and export finance, structured trade finance and financing and structured finance solutions; and principal finance solutions. Standard Chartered was founded on November 18, 1969 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.

“Standard Chartered History

Standard Chartered Bank was formed in 1969 through the merger of two separate banks, the Standard Bank of British South Africa and the Chartered Bank of India, Australia and China.

These banks had capitalised on the expansion of trade between Europe, Asia and Africa.

The Chartered Bank

The Chartered Bank was founded by James Wilson following the grant of a Royal Charter by Queen Victoria in 1853.

The bank opened in Mumbai (Bombay), Kolkata and Shanghai in 1858, followed by Hong Kong and Singapore in 1859.  

The traditional trade was in cotton from Mumbai, indigo and tea from Kolkata, rice from Burma, sugar from Java, tobacco from Sumatra, hemp from Manila and silk from Yokohama.

The bank played a major role in the development of trade with the East following the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869 and the extension of the telegraph to China in 1871.

In 1957 Chartered Bank bought the Eastern Bank, together with the Ionian Bank’s Cyprus Branches and established a presence in the Gulf.

The Standard Bank

The Standard Bank was founded in London in 1862 by John Paterson from the Cape Colony in South Africa, and started business in Port Elizabeth in the following year.

The bank was prominent in financing the development of the diamond fields of Kimberley from the 1870s. It later extended its network further north to the new town of Johannesburg when gold was discovered there in 1886.

The bank expanded in Southern, Central and Eastern Africa and had 600 offices by 1953. 

In 1965, it merged with the Bank of West Africa, expanding its operations into Cameroon, Gambia, Ghana, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.  

In 1987 Standard Chartered Bank sold its stake in the Standard Bank, which now operates as a separate entity.”

*Information from Forbes.com and Standardchartered.com

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