Rockefeller was an American oil tycoon and, at that time, the richest person in history. Here's how he created the company we know today:
ExxonMobil History and Heritage
1870. John D. Rockefeller establish Standard and Oil
1882. Thomas Edison uses Standard and Oil to lubricate his first central generating system
1885. Headquarters moves to New York City
1911. Standard Oil breaks into many companies
1926. A new blend of oil created under the Esso Brand
1928. Amelia Earhart uses MobilOil for her historic flight
1959. "Put a tiger in your tank" is the new advertising slogan
1989. The Exxon Valdez incident
2002. Global Climate and Energy Project launches
For more on the company's history, watch the video above from TheStreet's new video series 'Behind the Label'.
How Did ExxonMobil Get its Name?
Well, there were a series of mergers that all let to 1999.
It was that year that the Exxon Corporation joined with Mobil Oil Corporation to form Exxon Mobil Corporation.
As you can imagine, all of these changes also meant a lot of changes to trademarks and advertising campaigns.
In 1869 there was a Gargoyle.
Then, in 1991 there was a red flying horse. The Pegasus a symbol of power and speed was adopted as the company's trademark.
And, of course, many of us remember the Tiger. It first appeared in the early 20th century and then reared it's head in the 50's. You might remember that familiar saying 'Put a tiger in your tank'.
Who is ExxonMobil's Competition?
Exxon trades on the NYSE under (XOM) - Get Report . The leading oil company is now headquartered in Texas. It's competitors includes Chevron Corporation (CVX) - Get Report , Valero VLO and BP (BP) - Get Report .