About 90 years after his creation of the famous Mickey Mouse, Walt Disney’s legacy continues to entertain children and adults alike around the world. In 2018, Disney was among the largest companies in the world in terms of market value, and ranked as the joint-fourth most reputable company in the world. The Walt Disney Company is not only a strong and well-recognized brand, but also a profitable one. In total, the company generated more than 59 billion U.S. dollars in revenue in 2018.
Initially founded as a cartoon studio in 1923, the Walt Disney Company has grown and diversified on a large scale, with its operating segments including media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, and consumer products. Walt Disney’s media network business is the most profitable division of the company, accounting for over forty percent of Disney’s total global revenue in 2018. The Disney Channel, ESPN, History, Lifetime, A&E, FYI, and LMN are a few examples of Disney-owned channels. The Walt Disney Company is also one of the leading film studios in the world, responsible for several of the world's most expensive movie productions in the industry, as well as some of the most hotly-anticipated titles. Walt Disney Studios owns The Muppets Studio, the highly successful Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Entertainment, and George Lucas’ Lucasfilm.
In the consumer market, Disney is the leading company in licensed merchandise worldwide. Disney Consumer Products’ global retail sales stood at 53 billion U.S. dollars in 2017, whereas Meredith, its closest competitor in the market, registered a total of 23.2 billion U.S. dollars in sales during the same period. In 2018, Disney's revenue from consumer products was about 3.06 billion U.S. dollars in licensing and publishing, and approximately 1.59 billion U.S. dollars in retail and other segments.
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