Visa, Inc.

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Founded 1958 (as BankAmericard)
Headquarters New York
Key People Joseph Saunders, Chairman, CEO
Products Credit, Debit Cards; Global Payments

Visa, Inc. is a global payments company specializing in debit cards, credit cards and prepaid cards. On March 18, 2008, Visa became a publicly held company, raising $17.9 billion in an initial public offering, the largest ever in the United States.[1]


The precursor to Visa was launched by Bank of America in 1958 as the BankAmericard. After a period of growth, including its launch outside the U.S., BankAmericard changed its name to Visa in 1976. [2]

Products and Services

Global payments - debit cards, credit cards, prepaid cards.

Key People


  1. Visa Raises $17.9 Billion as Stock Goes Public. New York Times/Reuters.
  2. History of Visa. Visa, Inc..