An odd little tidbit from this month’s ATW Magazine (sorry, no link). The article is all about the new head of the airline, but almost as an aside it mentions that back in 2000 Air China had more than 100 subsidiaries. Those associated companies included a carpet factory and a fish farm.
(Similarly, in a very past life, I worked on the merger of Dow Chemical and Union Carbide (me? huh?), and some of the Carbide old-timers told us about how the company owned a fleet of shrimp boats in Malaysia for a short while because someone in Malaysia did not have the cash to pay them. In lieu of cash, they paid Carbide with a fleet of shrimp boats.)