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Agricultural Bank of China Limited (ABC) ( ) is the one of the "Big Four" banks in the People's Republic of Chinamarker.

It was founded in 1951, and has its headquarters in Beijing and has branches throughout mainland China, and also in Hong Kongmarker and Singaporemarker.

It employs over 300,000 people. By the end of 2008, the Agricultural Bank of China became the second largest bank in China in terms of total assets, which had hit 7.01 trillion yuan, second only to the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China . Revenues rose 17.8 percent to 211.19 billion yuan, with net interest income up 23.1 percent to 193.85 billion yuan.

The bank, in which China's Ministry of Finance and Central Huijin each has a 50 percent stake, is eyeing an initial public offering but has no firm timetable.

History

After establishment of the People's Republic of China, ABC has been formed and abolished several times. In 1951, two banks of the Republic of Chinamarker, Farmers Bank of China and Cooperation Bank, merged to form Agricultural Cooperation Bank, which ABC regards as its precedent. However, the bank was merged into People's Bank of China, the central bank in 1952. The first bank bearing the name Agricultural Bank of China was founded in 1955, but was again, merged into the central bank in 1957. In 1963, Chinese government formed another agricultural bank, and it was merged into the central bank two years later. Today's ABC was founded in February, 1979. It was restructured to form a holding company called Agricultural Bank of China Limited. It may be listed by 2010.

The Agricultural Bank was the victim of the largest bank robbery in Chinese history in April 2007, when two vault managers at the Handanmarker branch of the ABC in Hebeimarker province embezzled almost 51 million yuan.

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References

  1. "Agricultural Bank of China rises to 2nd largest in total assets", People's Daily, February 6, 2006
  2. Agricultural Bank of China becomes shareholding company
  3. Agricultural Bank of China may offer shares to the public by 2010
  4. "Suspects of China's largest bank theft go on trial", Lin Li, Xinhua News Agency, July 24, 2007



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