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S&P Global Inc. (prior to April 2016 McGraw Hill Financial, Inc., and prior to 2013 McGraw Hill Companies) is an American publicly traded corporation headquartered in New York City. Its primary areas of business are financial information and analytics. It is the parent company of S&P Global Ratings, S&P Global Market Intelligence, and S&P Global Platts, and is the majority owner of the S&P Dow Jones Indices joint venture.

S&P Global, Inc.
Formerly called
  • McGraw Hill, Inc. (1964-1995)
  • McGraw Hill Companies (1995-2015)
  • McGraw Hill Financial (2015-2016)
Traded as
Industry Financial services
Predecessor The McGraw-Hill Book/Publishing Companies (Formerly The McGraw Publishing Company and The Hill Book Company)
Founded 1917
Headquarters New York City, U.S.
Area served
Key people
Douglas L. Peterson
(President and CEO)
Products Financial information and analytics
Revenue Increase US$ 5.6 billion (2016)[1]
Increase US$ 3.3 billion (2016)[1]
Increase US$ 2.1 billion (2016)[1]
Total assets Increase US$ 8.6 billion (2016)[1]
Total equity Increase US$ 701 million (2016)[1]
Number of employees
17,000 (May, 2013)[2]
Subsidiaries [2]
Footnotes / references


Corporate historyEdit

The predecessor companies of S&P Global have history dating to 1888, when James H. McGraw purchased the American Journal of Railway Appliances. He continued to add further publications, eventually establishing The McGraw Publishing Company in 1899. John A. Hill had also produced several technical and trade publications and in 1902 formed his own business, The Hill Publishing Company. In 1909 both men, having known each other's interests, agreed upon an alliance and combined the book departments of their publishing companies into The McGraw-Hill Book Company. John Hill served as President, with James McGraw as Vice-President. In 1917, the remaining parts of each business were merged into The McGraw-Hill Publishing Company[4] In 1986, McGraw-Hill bought out competitor The Economy Company, then the United States' largest publisher of educational material. The buyout made McGraw-Hill the largest educational publisher in the United States.[5]

In 1964, After Hill died, Merged both McGraw-Hill Publishing Company and McGraw-Hill Book Company into McGraw-Hill, Inc.

In 1966, McGraw-Hill purchased credit rating agency Standard & Poor's.

In 1979, McGraw-Hill purchased Byte magazine from its owner/publisher Virginia Williamson who then became a vice-president of McGraw-Hill.

In 1995, McGraw-Hill, Inc. became The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. as part of a corporate rebranding.[6][not in citation given]

In 2007, McGraw-Hill launched an online study network,, which gave McGraw-Hill an opportunity to connect directly with its end users, the students. The site closed on April 29, 2012.[7]

On October 3, 2011, McGraw-Hill announced it was selling its entire television station group to the E. W. Scripps Company for $212 million.[8] The sale was completed on December 30, 2011. It had been involved in broadcasting since 1972, when it purchased four television stations from a division of Time Inc.

McGraw Hill has produced the "Glencoe" series of books for decades.

On November 26, 2012, McGraw-Hill announced it was selling its entire education division, known as McGraw-Hill Education to Apollo Global Management for $2.5 billion.[9] On March 22, 2013, it announced it had completed the sale for $2.4 billion cash.[10]

On May 1, 2013, shareholders of McGraw-Hill voted to change the company's name to McGraw Hill Financial.[2]

McGraw-Hill divested the subsidiary McGraw-Hill Construction to Symphony Technology Group for US$320 million on September 22, 2014.[11] The sale included Engineering News-Record, Architectural Record, Dodge and Sweet's.[12] McGraw-Hill Construction has been renamed Dodge Data & Analytics.[13]

In February 2016, it was announced that McGraw-Hill Financial would change its name to S&P Global Inc. by the end of April 2016.[14] The company officially changed its name following a shareholder vote on April 27, 2016.[15]

In April 2016, the company announced it was selling J.D. Power and Associates to investment firm XIO Group for $1.1 billion.[16]

Corporate organizationEdit

S&P Global now organizes its businesses in four units based on the market in which they are involved.[17]

S&P Global RatingsEdit

S&P Global Ratings provides independent investment research including ratings on various investment instruments.

S&P Global Market IntelligenceEdit

S&P Global Market Intelligence is a provider of multi-asset class and real-time data, research, news and analytics to institutional investors, investment and commercial banks, investment advisors and wealth managers, corporations, and universities. Subsidiaries include Leveraged Commentary & Data.

S&P Dow Jones IndicesEdit

Launched on July 2, 2012, S&P Dow Jones Indices is the world's largest global resource for index-based concepts, data, and research. It produces the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average.[18][19]

S&P Dow Jones Indices calculates over 830,000 indices, publishes benchmarks that provide the basis for 575 ETFs globally with $387 billion in assets invested, and serves as the DNA for $1.5 trillion of the world’s indexed assets.

S&P Global PlattsEdit

Headquartered in London, S&P Global Platts is a provider of information and a source of benchmark price assessments for the commodities, energy, petrochemicals, metals, and agriculture markets. It has offices in more than 15 cities, including major energy centres such as London, Dubai, Singapore, and Houston, and international business centres such as São Paulo, Shanghai, and New York City.

Presidents of the companyEdit


During the course of its history, McGraw Hill and from 2016 S&P Global has expanded significantly through acquisition, not just within the publishing industry but also into other areas such as financial services (the purchase of Standard & Poor's in 1966) and broadcasting (the 1972 acquisition of Time-Life Broadcasting). Please note that the publishing and education assets are a part of McGraw-Hill Education from the company separation in 2013.

Date of acquisition Asset acquired Industry
1920 Newton Falls Paper Company[20] -
1928 A.W. Shaw Company[20] Publisher of magazines and textbooks
1950s Gregg Company[20] Publisher of vocational textbooks
1953 Companies of Warren C. Platts, including Platts[20][21] Publisher of petroleum industry information
1961 F.W. Dodge Corporation[22] Publisher of construction industry information
1965 California Test Bureau[20] Developer of educational testing systems
1966 Standard & Poor's[22] Financial Services
1966 Shepard's Citations[23] Legal publisher
1968 National Radio Institute Correspondence School
1970 The Ryerson Press Educational and trade publishing
1972 Television Stations of Time Life Broadcasting[22] Broadcasting
1979 Data Resources Inc. Economic data, models and consulting
1986 The Economy Company[5] Educational publishing
1988 Random House Schools and Colleges[24] Educational publishing
1996 Times Mirror Higher Education[25] Educational publishing
1997 Micropal Group Limited[26] Financial Services
1999 Appleton & Lange[27] Publisher of medical information
2000 Tribune Education, including NTC/Contemporary[28] Publisher of supplementary educational materials
2002 Open University Press University press - academic publications
2005 J.D. Power & Associates[29] Marketing information provider
2015 SNL Financial[30] Financial News

Note that this list only includes acquisitions made by McGraw-Hill, not its subsidiaries. McGraw-Hill typically does not release financial information regarding its acquisitions or divestitures.


After acquiring a portfolio of diverse companies, McGraw Hill later divested itself of many units to form McGraw Hill Financial which is now S&P Global.

Date of divestiture Asset relinquished Industry
2011 Television station group to the E. W. Scripps Company Broadcasting
2013 McGraw-Hill Education to Apollo Global Management Publishing
2014 McGraw-Hill Construction to Symphony Technology Group Publishing
2016 J.D. Power & Associates to XIO Group Marketing information provider

Note that this list only includes divestitures made by McGraw-Hill, not its subsidiaries.

Books published by McGraw-HillEdit

2008 conference booth

McGraw-Hill maintained a general publishing division for some years, whose best known book was the (unpublished) Autobiography of Howard Hughes, a fake biography of Howard Hughes by Clifford Irving, which caused a scandal at the time.

McGraw-Hill BuildingEdit

1221 Avenue of the Americas, former McGraw-Hill headquarters

The company was based at 1221 Avenue of the Americas, otherwise known as the McGraw-Hill Building, until July 2015.[3]

Connection to the family of George W. BushEdit

The McGraws and the George W. Bush family have close ties dating back several generations. Harold McGraw Jr. (deceased) was a member of the national grant advisory and founding board of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.[31]

McGraw-Hill Federal Credit UnionEdit

Established in 1935, the McGraw-Hill Federal Credit Union originally served employees of the McGraw-Hill companies in New York City only.[32] The credit union moved from its location inside the McGraw-Hill building to East Windsor, New Jersey, in 2005. Its accounts are insured by the National Credit Union Administration. It provides savings, checking accounts, CDs, money-market accounts, IRAs, credit cards, auto loans, and home mortgages.


In 1999, the National Building Museum presented the McGraw-Hill Companies with its annual Honor Award for the corporation's contributions to the built environment.[33]


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  12. ^ "McGraw Hill Sells ENR and Construction Group to Equity Investor". 
  13. ^ Maidenberg, Micah (December 14, 2014). "Best year since 2008 for construction industry". Crain's Chicago Business. Dodge Data & Analytics, a data provider formerly known as McGraw-Hill Construction 
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  17. ^ "News Release - McGraw Hill Financial". Retrieved 2013-10-30. 
  18. ^ "S&P Dow Jones Indices Wins Intellectual Property Dispute". PRNewswire. May 13, 2013. Retrieved 2013-10-30. 
  19. ^ Leising, Matthew (Jul 2, 2012). "McGraw-Hill, CME Group Start S&P Dow Jones Indices Venture". Bloomberg. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
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  21. ^ "Platts History". Archived from the original on May 2, 2007. Retrieved May 26, 2007. 
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  23. ^ "The McGraw-Hill Companies Timeline". Retrieved 2014-08-23. 
  24. ^ Edwin McDowell (September 29, 1988). "McGraw-Hill Is Buying 2 Random House Units". The New York Times. 
  25. ^ Iver Peterson (July 4, 1996). "Times Mirror in Two Deals To Bolster Legal Publisher". The New York Times. Retrieved September 1, 2009. 
  26. ^ "The McGraw-Hill Companies to Acquire Micropal". Retrieved May 26, 2007. 
  27. ^ "The McGraw-Hill Companies Completes Acquisition of Appleton & Lange". Archived from the original on January 3, 2013. Retrieved May 26, 2007. 
  28. ^ "The McGraw-Hill Companies To Acquire Tribune Education; Acquisition Strengthens McGraw-Hill Education's Leadership Position". Archived from the original on July 17, 2012. Retrieved May 26, 2007. 
  29. ^ "The McGraw-Hill Companies Completes Acquisition of J.D. Power and Associates". Archived from the original on January 3, 2013. Retrieved May 26, 2007. 
  30. ^ Monks, Matthew; Scully, Matt. "McGraw Hill Agrees to Buy SNL Financial for $2.23 Billion". Retrieved 2016-01-06. 
  31. ^ Metcalf, Steven (10 January 2002). "Reading Between the Lines". The Nation. Retrieved 9 June 2017. 
  32. ^ "McGraw-Hill Federal Credit Union - Home". McGraw-Hill Federal Credit Union. Retrieved 2013-10-30. 
  33. ^ "Honor Award". National Building Museum. 

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