Founded in Marseille in 1978 by Jacques Saadé, the CMA CGM Group is a leading worldwide shipping group.From its base in Marseille, the CMA CGM Group is present in more than 160 countries through its network of over 655 agencies, with more than 22,000 employees worldwide (4,500 in France). With a young and diversified fleet of 470 vessels, the CMA CGM Group serves 400 of the worlds 521 commercial ports. Through its 170 shipping lines the company operates on every one of the worlds seas. Its global presence and powerful ships like the CMA CGM BOUGAINVILLE enable the CMA CGM Group to transport a volume of 13 million TEUs (estimated 2015) each year. The CMA CGM Group posted revenues of US$ 16.7 billion in 2014, proving that "family business" companies are efficient and make it possible for French industry to rise to the upper echelons of world trade. There are 2,400 staff members working at the Groups head office, the CMA CGM Tower in Marseille. It is a building worthy of a major player in the French economy. The Group has 6,300 French customers and CMA CGM is the largest private employer in Marseille, the city where the company was founded in 1978.