The RAMJAC Corporation
is a fictional multinational conglomerate, or megacorp
, featured in several novels by Kurt Vonnegut
. In Jailbird,
the company at its height owns 19 percent of the United States
, twice as large as the next largest conglomerate in the "Free World". Copyrights on Vonnegut's later books are also held by RAMJAC, much like Isaac Asimov
's later copyrights are held by Nightfall, Inc.
According to Jailbird
, RAMJAC was established by Jack Graham, a mining engineer from West Virginia, and then passed on to his widow, known to the world as Mrs. Jack Graham (in reality the former Mary Kathleen O'Looney, the ex-lover of the book's narrator, Walter F. Starbuck). Mrs. Graham ordered her surrogates to "acquire, acquire, acquire", instructions which eventually produced the conglomerate's vast holdings. Two years after her death (her will being concealed by Starbuck for that time), it was discovered that she had transferred ownership of RAMJAC to the "people of the United States", as part of a misguided attempt to bring about widespread state ownership
– Mrs. Graham had been a Communist since college. The U.S. government immediately began selling off RAMJAC's assets. Read more...