As the world celebrates Guinness World Record day this week, we look back at what some of the more business-minded official records are.
Here are our pick of seven world records:
Largest online business seminar
The largest online business seminar was achieved by 12,012 participants and was organized by Andrey Parabellum and Nikolay Mrochkovskiy (both Russia) in Moscow, Russia, on 21 May 2012. The seminar was on the topic of how to make money quickly online.
Memorising business records
Bartholomew Parker Bidder (1809-49), a younger brother of George Parker Bidder, had a remarkable memory. In 1838, he became an actuary to the Royal Exchange Assurance Company. When the firm’s records were destroyed by fire he was able to reconstruct them from memory in six months.
Largest business lesson
The largest business lesson was attended by 2,222 participants and taught by Dr. S. L. Narayana (India) at Alphores Academic Campus, in Karimnager, Andhra Pradesh, India, on 17 September 2013.
Most libel damages awarded to a company
On March 20, 1997, the Wall Street Journal was ordered by a federal jury to pay $222.7m to a Houston brokerage firm who claimed an article the paper ran in October 1993 contained false information and helped put it out of business. In May 1997, Judge Ewing Werlein threw out the $200m punitive damage award against the Wall Street Journal but, in Nov 1997, he let stand the $22.7m award in compensatory damages.
Shortest company name
The shortest names on the Index are C Ltd, E Ltd, H Ltd, I Ltd, K Ltd, L Ltd, P Ltd, Q Ltd, R Ltd, W Ltd, X Ltd, Y Ltd and Z Ltd.
Longest career in the same company
The longest time an individual has worked for the same company is 80 years, a record set by Thomas Stoddard (born in 1912) who started working at Speakman Company located in Wilmington, Delaware, USA, on 16 February 1928 as a mail boy until his retirement in 2008 as a member of the Board of Directors.
Most married couples employed by the same company
The record for the most married couples employed by the same company is held by Tarjeta Naranja, of Córdoba, Argentina who, as of April 2004, had 38 married couples working for them. All couples sent in marriage certificates and proof of employment.
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