Progress informed by the past, and inspired by the future

    • Citi plays a key role in
      making urban centers
      more accessible and
      habitable.

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    • Innovative financing: Leveraged Buyouts

      Conquering Distance and the Seasons:
      Cargo Containers

      Generations of us forget that fruits and vegetables have natural growing seasons. In the Northern Hemisphere, Valentine's Day roses are given in February — made possible by efficient transportation of cargo across land and sea. Malcolm McLean, a trucking entrepreneur, envisioned installing racks to anchor truck trailers on cargo ships. Citi teamed up with him to finance the project, which ultimately led to the invention of the cargo container.

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      interactive timeline
    • Elevating commerce and travel with
      the first passenger jet

      Making the world smaller is no easy task. But in the 1940s, Citi managed to help do just that – while revolutionizing lending valuation. By considering income-generating potential as a means for credit, Citi was enabled to underwrite for advances like the first passenger jet, forever changing how the world travels.

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    • 60% of world trade was traveling in cargo containers by the early 21st century