BNP Paribas is one the largest banks in France and one of the largest in the world based on annual revenue. In addition to strong European operations, the banking powerhouse has a solid and growing international presence, with strong operations in both the United States and Asia. The banking group’s total employee network worldwide boasts approximately 196,000 employees, most of which work in Europe.
BNP Paribas can trace its roots back to the early 1800s, though the modern day version of the bank began to take form in 1966, when Comptoir National d’Escompte de Paris and Banque Nationale pour le Commerce et l’Industrie united to form Banque National de Paris (BNP). The Paribas Group was formed in 1988 after many (notorious) years of French nationalization and reorganization; the group included the Banque Paribas, compagnie Financiere de Paribas and Compagnie Bancaire. In 1999, after the French financial markets authorities gave BNP the green light, it took control of the Paribas Group, creating one of the largest financial institutions in Europe. (In case you’re curious, Paribas comes from the phrase “Paris et Pays-Bas,” which means “Paris and The Netherlands.”).
787 Seventh Avenue - The Equitable Tower
New York, NY 10019
Employer Type: Public
Stock Symbol: BNPQY
CEO, BNP Paribas SA: Jean-Laurent Bonnafe
2017 Employees (All Locations): 16,700