Most Trusted Home Entertainment Electronics: SONY
What do you get when you combine “sonus,” the Latin for sound, with “sonny,” a young boy? SONY was also chosen because it is pronounced the same in any language. Here, a sample of the company’s many innovations: Japan’s first transistor radio (1955); world’s first direct-view portable TV (1960); the TPS-L2, the first stereo cassette player “Walkman” (1979); world’s first CD player, the CDP-101 (1982); and “Digital Handycam,” first consumer-use digital video camcorder (1995). More than 102 million units of the PlayStation game console have been sold since the product’s launch in 1994.
Most Trusted Credit Card: Visa
Visa started as Bank of America’s credit card program, BankAmericard, back in 1958. It was the first consumer credit card program accessible to middle-class Americans. Almost 20 years later, it became the independent, global entity we know today. Visa reached over 50 billion total transactions in 2010. Founder Dee Hock’s original vision for the company still holds true today: the best way to pay and be paid, for everyone, everywhere.
Most Trusted Life Insurance Company: MetLife
MetLife is the largest life insurer in the United States and has about 100 million customers worldwide. In 1864, the National Union Life and Limb Insurance Company started insuring Civil War sailors and soldiers against wartime-related disabilities; after a difficult five years, the firm decided to focus solely on life insurance and re-branded itself as Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. Fun fact: Though the exact amount is not publicly available, MetLife likely pays around $12 million each year to use the Peanuts characters in advertisements.