Disney has positioned itself to be successful in a wide array of markets, from entertaining kids with cartoon animals to playing the venture capital game. It’s no surprise why Disney acquired companies like LucasFilms, ABC, and Marvel, to name a few, but some surprising acquisitions are companies like GoPro (the famous helmet camera company) and the online photo hosting company, Photobucket.
Disney has come a long way from its small mousey origins. Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio started in 1923 by Walt and Roy Disney (wait, Roy?). Today it has grown into the largest media conglomerate worldwide by revenue and is inarguably the most familiar company in the world. Walt’s brother, Roy Disney, was the numbers guy of the two while Walt remained the creative force. Even though Roy passed away in 1971, he’d be proud to know that the company he co-founded hasn’t missed a beat and continues to thrive financially.
The bottom line is that Disney has your attention and your dollars from the day you’re born until the day you die. And as Walt Disney will have us remember, “I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing — that it was all started by a mouse.”
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