All businesses Eventually Exit or Die – The oldest business known to still exist sold after 1400 years.
DECEMBER 30, 2022
Kongō Gumi is the oldest company still in existence, having been founded in 578 AD in Japan. Founded as a temple construction company, it has survived the centuries, surviving a number of wars and changes in the country’s political and economic systems. Today, Kongō Gumi remains an important part of Japan's corporate culture and economy. The founder of Kongō Gumi was Tajima no Masakado, who began his business by producing temple sculptures for nearby Buddhist shrines.