|Founded||1958 (as BankAmericard)|
|Key People||Joseph Saunders, Chairman, CEO|
|Products||Credit, Debit Cards; Global Payments|
Visa, Inc. is a global payments company specializing in debit cards, credit cards and prepaid cards. On March 18, 2008, Visa became a publicly held company, raising $17.9 billion in an initial public offering, the largest ever in the United States.
The precursor to Visa was launched by Bank of America in 1958 as the BankAmericard. After a period of growth, including its launch outside the U.S., BankAmericard changed its name to Visa in 1976. 
Products and Services
Global payments - debit cards, credit cards, prepaid cards.
- Visa Raises $17.9 Billion as Stock Goes Public. New York Times/Reuters.
- History of Visa. Visa, Inc..