The most connected of the most connected

By Laurie Bennett

November 7, 2011 at 12:56pm

In the intertwined world of Fortune 1000 companies, the most networked company is - brace yourself - Goldman Sachs.

We counted people with current or former connections to Goldman, then counted their connections to other Fortune 1000 companies. Goldman had by far the most second-degree links.

Once again, the giant financial firm lives up to its reputation as “the vampire squid.”

The Muckety database includes 697 once-removed connections from Goldman to other Fortune 1000 firms. The map above shows links of Goldman Sachs directors. You can expand the Goldman box to find many more ties, but we recommend moving to the large view first.

Here’s our top 10 list of firms ranked by the number of links to other Fortune 1000 companies:

  • 1. Goldman Sachs Group Inc.
  • 2. General Electric Company
  • 3. General Motors
  • 4. Verizon Communications Inc.
  • 5. Pfizer Inc.
  • 6. Amgen, Inc.
  • 7. Boeing Company
  • 8. Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • 9. Microsoft Corporation
  • 10. Citigroup Inc.
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