Today, I’m going to share a list of the top 10 Oldest MLM Companies that are still in business today.
While many people think that multi-level marketing is a business method that is quite new, I must say they are wrong. While the compensation structures and methods may have changed drastically through the years, multi-level marketing has been in use for well over 100-years.
I am writing today’s post after performing several hours of deep research, and I believe my findings are going to surprise you as it has me.
I am going to tell you about the top 10 Oldest MLM Companies that are still in business. If you debate my findings, please post your view in the comment section at the end of this post. It would also be great if you can show a solid reference to back it up. I will also list my references at the bottom of this post.
The Top 10 Oldest MLM Companies Still in Business
I’ll start with # 10 and work my way to # 1.
# 10: Mary Kay
Starting in September 1963, Mary Kay is one of the oldest MLM Companies still in business. If you’ve spent any time in our industry, I know you’ve heard of Mary Kay. You probably even know a few Mary Kay reps. This company specializes in skin care and cosmetic products.
Mary Kay Inc. is an American privately owned multi-level marketing company. According to Direct Selling News, Mary Kay was the sixth largest network marketing company in the world in 2018, with a wholesale volume of US$3.25 billion. Mary Kay is based in Addison, Texas, outside Dallas.
# 9: Amway
We all know Amway is still going strong, and you may have thought it would be one of the oldest MLM companies, but no, Amway comes in at #9. This company that was a variation of the American Way was founded in 1959 by Richard DeVos and Jay Van Andel.
The majority of Amway products are in health and beauty, but they also have many personal care and home care products. Amway’s revenue in 2014 was around $11.5 billion, making it the largest MLM Company in the world. Amway’s headquarters are in Ada, Michigan.
I love the natural ingredients that they use in their products. They make everything seem fresher and they help keep my family healthy. I would definitely recommend their products to anyone. I like Amway and I have confidence that their customer service team would have no problem addressing my concerns and making things right quickly. It was easy to order, their customer service is top notch and their selection of products is very extensive. They have products for everyone and anyone, no matter what you are looking for.
# 8: GNLD
GNLD stands for Golden Neo-Life Diamite. In 1958, Jerry Brassfield founded GNLD with the primary focus being nutritional supplements. The last figures show that GNLD’s revenue was in the vicinity of $200 Million.
GNLD is a member of the Direct Selling Association, and their headquarters is in Fremont, California.
Everything from my nails to my hair started looking better. I wake up feeling leaner and less bloated. Once I started feeling better I instantly was more aware of what I was putting in my body. The weight came off easily and I never feel like I’m depriving myself of anything. It also provides me with the energy I need to achieve my goals. It empowers me to change my lifestyle by giving me the tools I needed to succeed. Plus, NeoLifeShake gives me the best quality protein to promote fat burning.
# 7: Shaklee Corporation
Way back in 1915, Forrest Shaklee created Shaklee Vitalized Minerals, but that was not the beginning of the Shaklee company. It wasn’t until 1956 that Forrest and his two sons began manufacturing and selling nutritional supplements.
They used the MLM business method and it has been a steady rise from there. Shaklee also has weight control, beauty and household products along with the supplements. Revenue for Shaklee stands at around $180 Million and their headquarters is in Pleasanton, California.
Our mission at Shaklee is to provide a healthier life for everyone and a better life for anyone.
# 6: Jewels By Park Lane Inc.
The year was 1955 and Arthur and Shirley LeVin founded this MLM Jewelry Company in Chicago. Using a MLM structure, distributors give home parties to sell this exquisite jewelry and gain team members. Company revenue sits at around $150 Million, and the company is still based in the Windy City.
To offer women and men entrepreneurship that adorns their life with style and success.
Source: Park Lane Jewelry
# 5: Vector Marketing/ Cutco Cutlery
In 1947, Alcoa and Case Cutlery jointly formed a company that was known as Alcas. They made a factory in Olean, New York and began the manufacturing of kitchen cutlery. In 1949, the company was formally founded and began using the multi level marketing business approach.
Vector came into the picture in the 1980’s after the company had gone through several major changes. Vector in itself, was an independent distributor, but has now taken over the complete distribution process. The revenue of Vector Marketing is approximately $200 Million.
I have had Cutco for 44 years, my first set of knives when I got married. This is only the second time that I have ever had to return an item for sharpening or repair. Excellent service and response time. Kept me informed by email every step of the way. Awesome company.
# 4: Tupperware
In 1946, Earl Tupper founded The Tupperware Company in South Grafton, Massachusetts. Selling their line of handy kitchenware that would seal foods tightly made Tupperware an immediate success. Many people do not realize that Tupperware is an MLM Company, but it is.
The majority of distributors make their profits from sales of products and not as much from recruiting team members. Tupperware is now headquartered in Orlando, Florida, and revenue is around $2.5 billion.
We are passionate about changing lives, especially for women by …
# 3: Wachters Organic Sea Products
It isn’t a name I had heard of; had you? Wachters has been doing business since 1932. The story behind the start of Wachters is amazing. It seems Joseph Wachter found he had only a short time to live when he contracted tuberculosis.
Through his travels to find a cure, he soon discovered the ocean’s water held it. As he was cured, he set out to share the nutritional miracles he found. That is why Wachters is still strong even today. Wachters headquarters are in Daly City, California.
To bring the benefits of sea plants to humankind.
Source: Wachters Organic Sea Products
# 2: J.R. Watkins
Tracing its roots back to 1868, Watkins is one of the oldest MLM Companies still in business. Initially, items were sold door to door, and I’m not 100% sure when they adopted the MLM Business Model. I’ve been told it was during the 1980s.
Watkins offers high quality food and personal care products. They have a great reputation, fair prices and amazing products.
At J.R. Watkins, we believe in creating high-quality products, crafted with ingredients from natural sources. This means we avoid making our products with harmful ingredients like parabens, dyes, phthalates, and formaldehyde.
Source: Watkins website
# 1: Avon
This was no surprise to me. David McConnell founded Avon in 1886 in New York City where the company is still based. Avon is the second largest direct selling company in the world, and the oldest. Annual sales revenue is approximately $10 Billion.
When you really consider the impact Avon has, just look around…I would bet you have an Avon representative on your street. Avon will probably still be going strong in 200 more years.
Our mission is to improve the lives of women globally.
So were you surprised by this list? I was. What are your thoughts? Do you feel there should be a different company on this list? Please post your comments or questions below. I look forward to hearing from you.