It’s amazing how many items we use on a daily basis are actually monopolized by one company. From eyewear to luxury goods, rocket launches to grocery store items, cash management to dating apps, zippers to soft drinks, and telecommunications to beer - it’s all controlled by a select few. In this list, we’ll explore 13 items that are surprisingly monopolized by one company, and discover the power and influence they have over our lives. 

From the eyewear giant EssilorLuxottica to the billionaire Bernard Arnault’s luxury goods empire, Elon Musk’s SpaceX to the big companies controlling the grocery store items, the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group’s monopoly on soft drinks to Match Group’s dating app empire, and the Japanese zipper company YKK to the Dutch chipmaker ASML Holdings, we will explore the fascinating and often surprising ways in which these companies have taken control of the market and are influencing our lives. 

So, let’s dive in and discover the 13 items that are surprisingly monopolized by one company. Who knows what we’ll find?

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