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Being one of the smallest and least populous states doesn’t stop Delaware from dwarfing the rest of America as a business hotspot. Two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies incorporate in the state, making them subject to local laws that require them to prioritize shareholder profit no matter where they do business. Journalist Alana Semuels explores how this “tiny” state of fewer than a million people has attracted corporations since the early 1900s, illuminating both history and controversy. getAbstract recommends this eye-opening article to business owners, employees, lawmakers and anyone interested in US corporate law.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why Delaware is a hotspot for US business incorporation,
  • How Delaware’s rules became the “national law of corporations” over time, and
  • What changes Delaware and other states can make to become more “democratic."
 

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Alana Semuels is a staff writer for The Atlantic and former national correspondent at the Los Angeles Times.

 

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More than 50% of all US public companies and two-thirds of Fortune 500 businesses including Coca-Cola, Apple, and American Airlines are incorporated in the US state of Delaware. Many of these companies even share the same address: 1209 North Orange Street. However, you won’t see thousands of staff turning up on Monday morning; their offices and operations are located outside the state.

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