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.
Most Trusted Automotive Insurance: State Farm
When State Farm was founded in 1922 by retired farmer George J. Mecherle, it specialized in auto insurance for farmers. As of last year, the company was servicing 80 million policies across the United States and Canada. Fun fact: Remember the “Jake from State Farm” commercial? The actor, Jake Stone, was an actual State Farm agent. The famous khakis he wore in the commercial are autographed and framed in a bar called Pub II in Normal, Illinois.