The Major Players

Phillip Morris

#1 cigarette maker in the world

Chairman and CEO: Geoffrey C. Bible

Major Brands: Marlboro, Basic, Benson & Hedges, Cambridge, Merit, Parliament, Virginia Slims

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RJ Reynolds

#2 cigarette maker in the world

Chairman and CEO: Steven F. Goldstone

Major Brands: Camel, Winston, Salem

View Salem Commercial

Brown and Williamson

#3 largest cigarette maker in the world; owned by B.A.T., which is the world's #2 cigarette maker behind Phillip Morris

Chairman and CEO: Nick G. Brooks

Major Brands: Kool, Capri, Lucky Strike, GPC, Misty


Brooke Group

Smallest of the big five US cigarette makers

Chairman and CEO: Bennett S. Lebow

Major Brands: L&M, Chesterfield, Lark, Eve

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Lorillard Tobacco Company

Owned by the Lowes Corporation, whose main interest is insurance

Chairman and CEO: Laurence A. Tisch

Major Brands: Kent, Newport, True US

 

Information all courtesy of: WHO OWNS WHAT? (http://www.ma.org/history/whoownswhat/Pages/Sophie_Sophie/mergers.html)