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Saturday 1st November 2014
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What is the oldest company in the world?

Question

Kongo GumiWhat is the oldest established business in the world?
Matthew, Barking

Answer

** Definitive **
Name: Tony, Purley
Qualification: My Grandson had to do a school project and asked someone from The Economist
Answer: There's a company in Japan which is called Kongo Gumi, established in 578AD and they are in construction. They are still there.

Name: Mark
Qualification: Drummer
Answer: There's a company called Zildjian who make cymbals, who I'm told are more than 2,000 years old and originated in Greece.
(James O'Brien: I know a lot about cymbals - Zildjian were established in 1623 - only 1,000 years after Kongo Gumi!)

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