Mastercard Inc. is an American multinational financial services corporation headquartered in the Mastercard International Global Headquarters in Purchase, New York.
- Founded: November 3, 1966 (as Interbank Card Association); 1978 (as MasterCard)
Mastercard, originally known as Interbank from 1966 to 1969 and Master Charge from 1969 to 1979, was created by an alliance of several regional bankcard associations in response to the BankAmericard issued by Bank of America, which later became the Visa credit card issued by Visa Inc.
MasterCard logo Meaning and history
The international company boasts one of the most iconic and stylish logos in history. Once designed in 1966 for MasterCharge product, its concept has never been changed, it was only evolved and elevated throughout the years of the brand’s existence.
The recent logo is definitely the most minimalist amongst all the versions ever created for the iconic banking brand. It features a single emblem — two solid overlaying circles in red and orange, with no additional details and lettering.